Patty Kimball, Owner
Patty and her husband, Dave, purchased Dakota Quilt Company in December of 2011. Patty was born in Detroit, MI, grew up in Placentia, CA, and moved her senior year of high school to Kearney, NE. Patty graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Home Economics with an emphasis on fashion merchandising.
Patty started sewing as a 6-year-old, when she received a pink Barbie sewing machine. She was hooked!
As a young mom, she sewed for her three children, made her own clothes and did alterations for a bridal shop in Kearney. At this same time, she took some adult education classes and began quilting, mostly using Eleanor Burns’ “Quilt in a Day” techniques.
She and her family moved to Spearfish in 2004, and she started working at Dakota Quilt Company in 2005 as a sales associate. She loved her work, and the rest is history!
Melodee is a previous owner of Dakota Quilt Company, but found she couldn’t stay away and now works full time. Her responsibilities include sales, marketing, inventory control and making samples. Actually all of this is just an excuse to play with fabric all day and get paid for it!
Melodee and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and four grandsons. She grew up in Deadwood, graduated from Lead High School and attended South Dakota State University, majoring in home economics and journalism. She has spent most of her adult life working in the hospitality industry, but quilting has become a passion!
She began sewing in junior high and never looked back. Her passion grew in high school when her teacher, Mrs. Michlitsch, took her under her wing and became a great mentor. Melodee remembers her first quilt, using sandpaper as a pattern and sitting on the living room floor, cutting it out with a scissors!!
Today, you will find her teaching the Beginner Class or sewing on a sample. She’s the one with all the strings attached!
Joyce is a retired English teacher who decided quilting would be the perfect retirement hobby. Joyce began sewing in 4-H when she was eight and never stopped. SHE LOVED IT! And she was good at it. What a shock when in 2007 Joyce was gently urged to take a beginner quilt class! The very idea!!! But she did, and it has made all the difference. With a shiny rotary cutter (her left pointer finger is more slender than her right after being trimmed twice), every ruler imaginable, a new sewing machine, fine fabric, color-coded totes filled with more quilt kits than she’ll live long enough to finish, and the hottest, newest notions, Joyce was ready to embark on her quilting odyssey.
Joyce and her husband Dan taught for over 36 years, the last 27 in Gillette, Wyoming. The SD Black Hills is now their home. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, an almost daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Joyce started working at Dakota Quilt Company in 2009. Seeing and waiting on friends, meeting and helping new customers from far and near, and fondling the latest fabrics have made Joyce a very happy girl who is excited to assist you with your quilting needs and desires!
Mary Goddard, Sales Associate
Mary took home economics in the seventh grade, and in her words, “made in through”! She claims she taught her older sister, Sharon, how to sew, but that point is still in dispute! But, in fact, Sharon introduced her to quilting and her love was born.
Mary and her husband Gary have two daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandson. She grew up in Verdi, MN, moved to Rapid City when she was 13 and came to Spearfish in 1968. This is home!
Mary has worked at several different jobs, including Kreskies in Rapid City. When her husband was in the service, they were stationed in Itazukie, Japan. She then worked as a hostess and also at the Officer’s Club. After they returned to Spearfish in 1973, she started work at Safeway, retiring in 2010.
Mary has since found out that quilting is addictive and claims that you can tell the professional quilters by the size of their stash! She wants you to come in and have a great time!
Sharon Coughlin, Long-Arm Quilter
As a young wife and mother, Sharon made all of her family’s clothes. She grew up in Verdi, MN, and moved to Rapid City after high school graduation. She has three grown daughters and one son, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. All snuggle under a quilt made by her!
Sharon spent most of her adult life working with Taco John’s. She owned the Deadwood operation and managed the Spearfish store, retiring in December of 2011.
Having always sewn, she started quilting with Vernie Hyatt in the 1970s. She remembers that when she started, there was no using a rotary cutter, but instead they ripped all the fabric!
Sharon purchased her Gammil long-arm quilting machine in 2001 and began quilting quilts for others at that time. She now quilts for Dakota Quilt Company.