Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
You may have noticed several great, big tour buses on Main Street in Kimball Saturday, at varied times throughout the day. It wasn't your imagination. And Kimball hasn't been placed on a great-North bus tour.
Kimball was invaded by a new type of tourist: quilt tourists. Early Saturday morning, dozens of women boarded four tour buses in various parts of the state for a day-long tour of six quilt shops. Kimball's Gone To Pieces Quilt Shop was one of shops sponsoring the tour, and several local quilters participated. The quilters enjoyed browsing and shopping in six different shops, a comfortable bus ride between shops, and lots of food along the way. Kimball hosted a quilt pattern designer, Sherri Falls. Falls has designed dozens of patterns for runners, bags, wall-hangings and quilts of all sizes.
Falls began quilting in 1991 when she wanted to make something special for her first child's first birthday. Her mother, who now owns a quilt shop of her own, helped and encouraged Falls on her project. A quilt retreat cinched the deal and Falls was hooked. She began her own pattern company in 2004 and now, just four years later, her patterns are a hit around the United States and internationally. Penny Callender, owner of Gone To Pieces, participates in the bus tour once or twice a year. She also holds classes, Block of the Month clubs, and quilting retreats throughout the year. The shop is located in the Tri-County News building at 70 Main Street South, Kimball.