Karen Evans, President

Hello, my name is Karen Evans and I have lived in Union, KY for the past 20 years. Originally and proudly from eastern Kentucky, Ashland. I work as the Executive Coordinator to the Superintendent of Boone County Schools and I absolutely love working in education. Celebrating 33 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 2 years ago, so we claim 2 children now. I have been a member of the Stringtown Guild for a six 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” is one of all 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'm looking forward to wrapping up my teaching career of 33 years at the end of the next school year so I'll have LOTS more time to spend learning the craft with all of you!

Sharon Garls, Secretary

Hello, my name is Sharon Garls. I moved to Burlington, Kentucky in 2018 from way out yonder, Maineville, OH (near Kings Island), but originally from central Illinois. I retired in 2013 after 27 years at GE Aircraft and GE Healthcare.

In 2022, my husband, Dan, and I will celebrate 50 years of marriage. We have a son and a daughter, 1 granddaughter and 3 grandsons. Tex, our rescue dog, definitely rules our house. Dan and I are Winter Texans and hope to continue traveling in our motorhome. I have a sewing machine dedicated to the motorhome!

I have sewed since I was 10 but never quilted until I retired. I have always shared my sewing endeavors with my mom, so quilting was a step we both looked forward to mastering. We lost her in 2014 but I continue to quilt for both of us. I have managed to get my older sister, Sandy, into quilting and we now have a small quilting group at our Winter home in McAllen, Texas.

I joined Stringtown Guild in 2018 to meet other quilters, but my husband’s cancer took my focus away from quilting. In March 2020, we finally completed the year of “quarantine” following his stem cell transplant only to encounter Covid! Through it all, I have managed to keep quilting! I re-joined the guild in 2021 and volunteered to be secretary at my first meeting! I look forward to getting to know everyone and keep on quilting!

Cynthia Schmid-Perry, Treasurer

I joined Stringtown Quilters Guild the first time in Nov,1991. My oldest daughter was an infant and I wanted to make her a quilt. My formal education is in graphic design and studio art; I painted. Paints are very toxic so I migrated to fabric and fiber art.

Oh the things I have learned since 1991! I made myself learn traditional mark-and-piece-by-hand-and-quilt-by-hand skills before moving onto rotary cutting, and assembly and quilting by machine. Within a decade, we were blessed with two more children. Fabric became my medium to express. I have no quilters in my own heritage, but I wanted to pass this skill along to my children. I stepped away from SQG for several years while working with Kenton County’s 4H agent to start Quilt Camp in 2000. It grew quickly into a state-wide skill represented at Kentucky’s State Fair. We started out with the youth making twin-size quilts and this has evolved into a skill-building challenge over the course of their years, with Kenton County’s youth taking Grand Champion almost every year.

What I have learned, I have shared: hand piecing; hand quilting; paper piecing; hand applique; machine applique; color theory; repairs of old and/or vintage quilts. I am currently exploring English Paper Piecing and hexagons. I am an Army veteran and have made several quilts for other veterans, specific to their tour/s. The possibilities with fabric are endless and while I am enjoying the modernization of quilting, I still appreciate the more traditional compositions.

Outside of quilting, I have a wonderful and patient husband of thirty years who supports my fiber habits, most probably because it is therapeutic for everyone else. I am a horse and dog lover, and no, I am not looking for any more to join the family. I have a Master’s in Library Science and could easily go to college for the rest of my life because there is always something else to be learned. I am currently the President of Mount St. Joseph University’s Alumni Board. As I have been there for eight years, I think it is time for me to step aside and someone else to lead so will be giving less of my time there. I enjoy researching family ancestry. I like to garden, mostly small plots of flowers or veggies, leaving the rest of the yard to my husband.

Future plans? I am writing a book about caring for my grandmother; I do not have a deadline for publication. I have a personal goal of at least five quilts a year and am on target here for the past five years. Future plans: more time to sew! Daily thirty-minute walks.

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.)

As adulthood settled upon me and the years advanced, I found that creativity was taking a back seat to all the other responsibilities I had been happily accumulating in life. Therefore, in January of 2017, I joined the Stringtown Quilter's Guild (SQG) with the specific goal of having a monthly excuse to focus on creativity. The members of this Guild are amazingly talented quilters who have been very gracious with their knowledge and experience. I have learned so much at our retreats and monthly meetings. My favorite part is probably the inspiration I receive by seeing their completed projects during the "Show and Tell" portion of our meetings.

After I joined SQG, I realized what a philanthropic group we are! Each year our Guild chooses a charity to support with our handmade quilts. (Visit that section of our website to see what we've accomplished!) SQG spends all year planning our annual Quilter's Day Out event which serves as an outreach to our community by sharing the folkart of American quilting through displays and demonstrations. In addition to specific quilting projects, we collect money at our meetings each month in order to participate in our host church's food pantry ministry. We try to use our talents and gifts to share with those around us!

Whether you are a novice quilter (like me, just looking for creativity and inspiration) or you are an advanced quilter (like I want to be) and are looking for fresh ideas and opportunities to quilt, we would love to have you join our Guild! Your enthusiasm and experience are welcome!

Alesia Willett, Membership Chairperson

Coming Soon!!

Martha Ferguson, Newsletter Editor

Martha Ferguson was a member of the guild in 1992, and then took 25 years off while raising 3 sons, Ted, Jack, and Sam. She rejoined in 2017 and started editing the newsletter in March 2019. Her mother taught her to sew as a child, and after many years of arguments, she finished her first quilt, a Cathedral Window. She finally learned to free motion quilt in Sue Nichol’s class with the guild and is trying to make up for the 25 year hiatus. She is a daylily gardener and a retired math teacher. She and her husband, Philip, have been married since 1987.

Kim Ryles, Retreat Chairperson

As a child growing up, I remember my Grandmother (Nanny) having some kind of needle work in her hands from crocheting, knitting to embroidery. It was common to have afghans and doilies lying around the house, as well as many other handmade items. Though I do not recall seeing Nanny sewing at the machine, there was a coveted cabinet with a Singer sewing machine in the dining room.

My Mom carried on the traditions, by age 11, I asked my mom to teach me how to sew. I was proud of my first tote bag project, by the time I was in High School I was making all of my own clothes. As an adult, I continued sewing cheerleader uniforms, costumes for my children and church Christmas plays.

I had always wanted to make a quilt, but didn’t know where to start. I took a quilting class at JoAnn Fabrics in 1990 piecing the top with a serger…..when it was time to sandwich the quilt, I was lost and the quilt became a UFO.

In 2015, I accepted an invitation to attend a Stringtown Quilters Guild meeting and became a member. My first retreat was at Blue Lick State Park, I was ecstatic of the talent that was in the sewing room. The members graciously helped sandwich and pin my 1990 quilt. So much to learn from so many and the willingness to teach is phenomenal!

Volunteers were needed in the guild so I teamed up with a friend who joined at the same time and we organized our first guild retreat. I thought, “Just this one time.” ….It’s been 6 years later and I am still organizing the retreats and earned the title Retreat Coordinator.

I truly love making quilts and have been doing so since I joined the guild.

I would like to extend an invitation to join us for a quilt retreat. I promised you will not regret going!