About Us

Merrily Parker

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.  She is so proud to have been a party of Merrily We Quilt Long for 20 years!

Ron Parker

Ron Parker was born and grew up in Missouri.  He attended the University of Missouri at Rolla and received his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972.  The early years of his career was in the gold mining industry in the western US and Canada.

The second part of his career was in the sewing machine and longarm quilting industry. He was CEO of the Gammill Quilting Machine company from 2004 through 2012.  In 2012 he began his career at Merrily We Quilt Along and became a Bernina Certified Technician and has been working on sewing and longarm quilting machines continuously since.

He loves the sewing industry and especially enjoys the day to day interaction with the quilters and sewers.

Holly Fletcher

Holly Fletcher first began quilting in 2001 when she began employment at Merrily We Quilt Along. Her inspiration for quilting is her mother, Merrily. Holly’s favorite part of the job is the customers. She enjoys hearing their stories, making them smile, and helping them find the right sewing or longarm machine!

Holly has three amazing children and a husband she adores!  Holly takes great pride in being the manager at the shop, it has become her second home!

Micky Baltes

Micky discovered quilting after her kids were all pretty much gone and it was love at first stitch! She said she has had the privileged to work for Merrily and Holly for about a thousand years (well since 2003!)! She said it has been a good thousand years! She enjoys working around the shop, helping our guests, and is especially happy with machine embroidery and all the fun projects that she is discovering to do on her embroidery machine. She has seven children, and keeping up with them and her grand children keeps things busy, she feels that the crew at MWQA is kind of family, and we all enjoy seeing you in the shop and helping you with your projects.

Karen Robson

Karen Robson has been sewing since 2006 and loves learning new techniques and crafts.  She loves Bonnie and Camille, Coriander Quilts, and primitive or reproduction fabrics.  She has been working for Merrily since 2014, after retiring from the City of Willard.  Karen enjoys working with all the customers to choose colors for their projects and seeing the finished projects during Show and Tell.

Chrissy Suarez

Chrissy loves piecing, quilting and embroidery! She has been sewing since 2005. She loves bright, fun, and modern fabrics as well as  Kimberbell’s machine embroidery patterns. She enjoys teaching classes & helping others find their love for machine embroidery!

Kaley Stock

Kaley has been part of the Merrily We Quilt Along family since 2016. Kaley had little sewing experience when she first came to the shop, but quickly fell in love with the craft, and dove right in. She enjoys sewing with modern fabrics and embroidering on her Bernina Tula Pink 570. Kaley loves to help customers pick out fabric and find their perfect sewing machine! She has also been working along side Ron to learn how to service and fix your sewing machines.

Mary Pyles

Mary’s quilting journey started in a Back to Basics class at Merrily We Quilt along in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since! She loves all parts of the quilting and embroidery process and all the little fun projects you can make. She became a longarm quilter in 2017 and loves finishing projects for her fellow quilters! Her longarm business is called Quite Contrary Quilting and is very thankful for the support that Merrily We Quilt Along provides! She started working for Merrily We Quilt Along in 2021 and is happy with the change in atmosphere because this craft brings her peace and serenity!

Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson made her first quilt in junior high with her grandmother help it was a red and white checker board. They used a white bed sheet for the backing and tied it together with red yarn.
After she moved to Missouri, her neighbor Daisy had a beginning quilt class at her house, Connie had been wanting to start quilt again. Then she heard about Merrily’s beginning quilting class, she took the class and has been quilting ever since!! She started working for Merrily in 2018, and said it’s the best job she ever had!

Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson is relatively new to Merrily We Quilt Along but not to quilting! She made her first quilt 30 years ago, owned and operated a small quilt shop in Lebanon, MO which included free-motion long-arm machine quilting. With a degree and experience in graphic design, she also published a series of quilt books with patterns focused on stacking and quickly cutting fat quarters to make lap quilts. Ellen is excited to design patterns for the quilt shop, get back to teaching classes and selling sewing and quilting machines to those just getting into quilting!

Pearlena Hamlet

Pearlena Hamlet has been sewing since high school and became very interested in quilting and embroidery in the 1990’s. She loves working at Merrilys assisting customers with their projects and sewing needs.  She especially loves assisting customers on the Bernina Q Magic as the customer quilts their quilt top.

Kathy Landholt

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.

Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent role at Merrily We Quilt Along began in 2019. She is more of a behind the scenes employee helping to keep things operating smoothly in the shop by doing inventory, checking in the newest fabrics, and preparing customers orders for shipment. She has dabbled in many forms of crafting, but her granny was the first to introduce sewing to me when she was 8. She has made quilts, apparel, and many other things since her grandma taught her how to sew. 

Jody Martin

Bill Fullerton

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.