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About Us

Hello! Change is Good! This store has a great legacy. Julie Smith opened the shop in May 2012. Holly Bayley joined her in May 2015 and then bought the shop in September of that same year. In July 2020, Kristin and John Groman bought the shop.

Kristin has been a serial crafter from the age of 7 or 8 and dedicated quilter and hoarder of all things quilty since 2003 and has brought her husband John into the fold. Kristin has a modern and quirky leaning aesthetic with a solid foundation in quilting and sewing skills. Since moving here from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011, Kristin and John have dreamed of owning a quilt shop, and have patiently watched Gathering Stitches grow into the great community shop it has become before finally taking the plunge.

John was our resident sewing machine mechanic repair guru, but he has handed off the duties to our son, Brian, who also is our computer and inventory wizard.

Joined by regulars Terry, Rose Mary, Marie and Shelly, plus Erin, Denise and Ginger, we are so happy to be in this journey with the quilting and sewing community and look forward to learning, creating and gathering with you.

—Kristin and John and the entire Gathering Stitches family.