Quilt Gallery in Kalispell Changes Hands

Store is undergoing a grand reopening of sorts

Although Joan Hodgeboom founded the Quilt Gallery located in Kalispell 34 years ago, the store is undergoing a grand reopening of sorts as Hodgeboom retires and passes on the reins to Marianne Buller.

To honor Hodgeboom’s legacy and usher Buller into her new role, the Quilt Gallery is hosting a Changing Hands Celebration that will run through July 15. There are demonstrations twice daily, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., featuring skills as diverse as appliqué, machine embroidery and quilt binding. On July 15, the store will bring out its famed 12-foot sewing machine, which is the stuff of every quilter’s dream.

There are also hourly drawings in which participants can win prizes like one-half yard of one of the store’s 20 variations of their special signature fabric, Montana Memories, which was created by Hodgebroom. The winner of the grand prize giveaway will receive a one-of-a-kind quilt made by Hodgebroom, whose “expertise is second to none,” Buller says.

In addition, all regularly-priced fabric will be 20 percent off. For more information, visit quiltgallery.net or call (406) 257-5799.