Karen Evans, President
Hello, my name is Karen Evans and I have lived in Union, KY for the past 23 years. Originally and proudly from eastern Kentucky, Ashland. Recently retired with 17 yeara of service to the Boone County School District as the Executive Coordinator to the Superintendent of Boone County Schools and the Board Secretary. I absolutely loved working in education. Celebrating 34 years of marriage to an awesome husband, Bobby, he totally supports my love of quilting and even drives me to quilt shops whenever we get the chance (he actually goes for the food along the way). We have a beautiful daughter, Faith and welcomed a son-n-law into the family 3 years ago, so we claim 2 children now. I have been a member of the Stringtown Guild for 7 years, I got back to quilting after Faith left for college. I actually started quilting when I purchased a McCall’s Quilting book at JoAnn’s and then took a class from my Sunday School teacher in 1991. I still have my first quilt top, it was supposed to be a triangle pattern, but as I cut out the patterns with cardboard templates everything seemed to take a different shape…... I keep it in my sewing room, so I can remember everything takes time in life. My second quilt I called “ the zoo quilt” the fabric had bright zoo animals that I stayed up all night making because Faith was off to preschool and needed a blanket – so I quilted one. I love all quilts, traditional or modern, hand or machine stitched! The guild has provided me with friendship and inspiration over these last years and I am delighted to be a member.
Robin Bisig, Vice President
My name is Robin Bisig, also known as "Diane's daughter" (a title I'm proud to own!). My husband, Dan, is a College Consultant (helping families navigate the college application and funding process). Our little family includes my son, Taylor, daughter-in-law, Rebecca, and daughter, Kendall (and two cats, Max & Izzy). Having grown up around all kinds of crafting and sewing, I guess it seems only natural that I would venture into the world of quilting eventually, although Mom will probably tell you there were times she thought I was a hopeless case. Maybe it was just garment sewing that wasn't my thing! My first quilt was a wall hanging that probably took far longer than it should have. After a break of SEVERAL years, I pulled out the machine, started collecting my "stash", and enjoyed making fun creations. I was fortunate to join the guild several months prior to the "COVID adventure" and have enjoyed many of our programs & quilt retreats. I recently ended my 33-year career as a Middle School educator and have EMBRACED my additional time at the sewing machine! I can't wait to share so many more great quilting adventures with you!
Sharon Garls, Treasurer
Sherel Frommeyer, Secretary
Ann Lightner, Past President 2019-21
I grew up watching my Mom work on all kinds of crafts during the 70's and 80's... she is the inspiration and example for all my creative training! (I remember learning how to crochet granny squares; weaving macramé purses; cross-stitching Precious Moments pictures; sewing clothes for 4-H, and using stickers to decorate all my notebooks. In the 90's Mom led me headlong into the world of paper crafting and scrap booking.)
Alesia Willett, Membership Chairperson
Hi! I'm Alesia. I'm kind of new around the guild. I grew up just south of here in the Pendleton and Grant county areas. I have lived in this area since I first got married 33 years ago. My super supportive husband David and I raised our 2 kids Katie and Michael here in Boone County. They are both married and we now have 3 amazing grandkids! I came to my first meeting in October of 2021 and joined that night. I felt so welcome and loved the energy of the group. I was amazed by how involved and supportive everyone was and how much was actually being offered. I was asked in January if I would be willing to take on the Membership role and accepted.
Martha Ferguson, Newsletter Editor
I was a member of the guild in 1992, and then took 25 years off while raising 3 sons, Ted, Jack, and Sam. I rejoined in 2017 and started editing the newsletter in March 2019. My mother taught me to sew as a child, and after many years of arguments, I finished my first quilt, a Cathedral Window. I finally learned to free motion quilt in Sue Nichols's class with the guild and am trying to make up for the 25 year hiatus. I am a daylily gardener and a retired math teacher. My husband, Philip, and I have been married since 1987.