MERRILY PARKER is the owner and mastermind behind Merrily We Quilt Along. Merrily first began quilting in 1995 when after seeing the movie, “How to Make an American Quilt,” her daughter, Heather, asked her to make her one. At that time, Merrily only had her grandmother’s sewing machine that was 30 years old. One thing led to another, and Merrily has not stopped quilting since! Her first 84 quilts were made in Vancouver, British Columbia that were all quilted on her BERNINA 1090, which she still owns. Sixty of these quilts were bed-size and 17 were king-size.
Merrily enjoys teaching Beginner courses because she loves to see the “ah-ha” expression when a new quilter finishes a block. She also enjoys teaching Machine Quilting since this is her favorite topic of discussion. Merrily has won several awards in various quilt shows, both local and national. She has two daughters and five grandchildren.
HOLLY FLETCHER first began quilting in 2001 when she began employment with Merrily We Quilt Along. Her inspiration for quilting is her mother, Merrily. Holly’s favorite part of the job is the customers. Holly has three children. Holly is the manager at the shop.
DEE MANNING first began quilting around 1996. Dee’s first project included a Christmas wall-hanging with Debbie Mumm patterns and fabric. Dee admits that she never did finish this project, but discovered that she preferred piecing to appliqué. Dee first began working for Merrily We Quilt Along in 2005. Dee says that she loves to teach it all! She has lived all over the midwest including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and, of course, Missouri. She has two children and many great quilting experiences.
MICKY BALTES started quilting in 2003. She has 7 children and one husband and 6 grandchildren. She loves to quilt with bright colors and making gifts for her family. She makes sure all of us at the shop keeps things tidy!
KATHY LANDHOLT has been working for Merrily since 2012 as the bookkeeper. She enjoys viewing the finished projects as they are being quilted when she steps out of her office. She likes seeing the variety of fabrics and products offered and works to keep all of our papers in order. Her grandmother created over thirty quilts and she hopes to follow in her footsteps.
BETTY BREWER has been sewing and embroidering for over 30 years and has been working for Merrily since 2013. She loves working in the quilt shop and helping people with their projects. She is one of several ladies that can help you pick out that special sewing machine or serger to fit your needs.
MARGA TEGTMEYER fell in love with quilting after taking beginning quilting classes from Merrily.Marga has been working for Merrily since 2013. She is one of several ladies at Merrily's that help people who rent the Statler to quilt their own quilts, or she can help you pick out that special new sewing machine to fit your needs.
KAREN ROBSON has been sewing since 2006 and loves to learn new techniques. She loves Jo Morton fabrics and has been working for Merrily since 2014, after retiring from her job with the city of Willard
These are two of our beloved employees that we will see again in heaven, Charlie Benton and Carol Fellin.
We miss their wit, laughter, and friendship.