Hello! I am Holly Bayley and I own and operate the Gathering Stitches Quilt Shop. Julie Smith opened the shop in May 2012. I joined her in May 2015 and then bought the shop in September of that same year.
I moved to the Los Lunas area in 2014 with my husband and two teenagers. I’d been sewing off and on over the years, but it was the infectious enthusiasm and cheery "don't worry about that little mistake, no one will notice" attitude of a new friend that brought me fully into the wonderful world of quilting.
I have dabbled in different areas of the creative arts and crafts, but quilting really hit home. The variety of fabric is astonishing! The colors, designs, and patterns are so inspiring! But what to create? That’s the hardest part. Often I feel like a spread of fabric that’s caught my fancy doesn't really fit into any of the pre-designed quilt patterns—then I think: create your own! and that really fires my imagination.
But I'm still learning, and boy, do I have a long way to go. That's where the other aspect of quilting that I love comes in: the quilters. Such wonderful women (and even a few men) who are so ready to share their knowledge and expertise. What a wonderful community of quilters we have here!
I invite you to stop by and browse the fabrics or take a class. I’m looking forward to meeting you.