President: Bonnie McPhail
Lives in Salemburg, NC
Bonnie started quilting in order to pass down the craft from her grandmother. She says, “I remember sitting under the quilt frame at quilting bees, passing the needle up thru the quilt to the ladies of the bee. My grandmother made utilitarian quilts for the family and I wanted to do the same. I’ve made quilts for all my nephews, niece, and daughter, when they graduated from high school. I have also started making quilts for them when they get married. I hope to be able to make baby quilts soon.”
Bonnie belongs to the Tarheel Quilters’ Guild in Fayetteville, NC. The guild makes quilts for the NICU at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital and for veterans at the VA Hospital and Nursing Home in Fayetteville. Bonnie has taught some sewing and quilting classes at local quilt shops and for the guild. She also volunteers at the local Food Bank, along with other family members; she says, “We often think of people in foreign poor countries going hungry, but we have too many neighbors that go hungry every day. Many of these needy are children and the elderly.”
Bonnie has been on the NCQSI Board for six years. She joined in order to prepare for the 2013 Quilt Symposium held in Fayetteville.
When asked about her favorite Symposium memory, she says “My favorite memory was the relief when the 2013 symposium was finished and was a success. My hope is that we can continue to carry on with this wonderful opportunity for our state and the future of quilting.”
Vice President: Nancilee Dills
Currently resides in Franklin, NC
Nancilee grew up in Lincolnton, NC. She learned to sew at age six, learning to make clothes with her mother’s help for herself and her mother. She graduated from Western Carolina University with degrees in math and education, and taught middle and high school math for 30 years all over the US while following her husband’s Air Force career.
Nancilee learned to make quilts from her mother, but never actually made one until 1979 while living in Hawaii. The first quilt she made (which she still has) was a two color pieced quilt, all hand pieced and hand quilted. The second two quilts were full sized Hawaiian applique. She finished one by the time the family moved back to the mainland in 1982, but did not finish the other one until 25 years later. Now in retirement, she quilts pretty much full time, making baby quilts for Macon County’s Head Start and Quilts of Valor for her guild’s QOV bee in addition to quilts for her family.
Nancilee joined Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, NC, in 2001 when she and her husband retired. She has served as quilt show chairman, vice president, and president of the guild.
This is Nancilee’s second stint on the board. She joined in 2010 in preparation for SMQG’s hosting of the 2012 Symposium. After a brief vacation from the board, she was asked to rejoin in 2017.
When asked about her favorite symposium memory, she says it was all of the 2012 symposium at Western Carolina University, from the popcorn in the dorm to the classes and teachers. Every symposium is special and she is now looking forward to the new look for the 2019 Symposium, “Piece, Love, Quilt” to be held at Lake Junaluska.
Secretary: Terri Sharpe Riddle
Currently resides in Clinton, NC
Terri began quilting in the 1980s with Georgia Bonesteel on PBS. She learned to sew at age nine, with her mom as her teacher (who Terri says “made most all of my clothes growing up”). Terri liked sewing and crafting and wanted to try quilting; she was instantly hooked! Terri loves all aspects of quilting but needle turn applique and hand quilting are her favorites. She also enjoys machine piecing and machine quilting. She is a member of the Hearts and Hands/ECA Quilters Guild in Sanford where she has served as President (twice), Secretary, and Quilt Show Chair (three times). She also enjoys guild, Extension and Community Association activities. Terri enjoys teaching quilting classes; beginning quilting, T-shirt quilts, hand applique, and English Paper Piecing. She has also taught kids’ quilting camps in the summer through 4-H; she is a former 4-H Leader (Crazy Quilters 4-H Club).
Terri has been on the NCQSI Board for the past 3 years. She wanted to join the Board because she says, “I’m so passionate about quilting and want to help preserve quilting in North Carolina.”
When asked about a favorite Symposium memory, she says, “I have enjoyed every symposium I have attended. My favorite learning memory is taking a class from Becky Goldsmith – my applique idol!!! The best part about symposium besides the classes are the friendships made and how we have such a great time!! You go once and you’ll want to go back!! My most favorite memory was a Western Carolina where Cindy Williams and Nancilee Dills were co-chairs. Their humor was infectious!!! Never a dull moment with those two.”
Treasurer: Dianne Putnam
Hometown: Columbia, SC – Currently resides in Hampstead, NC
Dianne was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up in Columbia, SC. After becoming a federal employee, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and then to Reston, Virginia, where she stayed until she retired. In 2002, while on vacation on Topsail Island, Dianne and her husband found their perfect retirement home and moved right in! Dianne retired in 2004 and Hampstead, NC has been her home ever since. Dianne has been sewing most of her life – making her clothes, drapes and other items for her homes; doing needlework projects; and in general was into lots of “crafty” things. While in Virginia, Dianne took up basket making, and somehow became a quilter! Dianne says, “My best friend was a quilter and she and I would go with each other to our respective basket and quilting guild meetings. In 1994, my first quilting class was a cute little miniature 9-patch class with Linda Poole – hard to believe my first quilt had 1/4 inch blocks! Since then I have made lots of quilts for both family members and various charities. So, over time, quilting has stuck and my basket making has faded into the background!”
Dianne joined the Quilters Unlimited guild while in Virginia. When she knew she was moving to Hampstead, she joined the Quilters by the Sea Guild in Wilmington. She is also a member of the National Quilting Association and the American Quilter’s Society.
Dianne says, “In 2011, I had the pleasure of being accepted on the NCQSI Board. As an upcoming Chair of a Symposium, my initial desire was just to understand what my role would be and what I had gotten myself into. But I feel strongly that you should give back to your community and support those activities and organizations that you love.
Sana Moulder – Board of Directors
Currently resides in Fayetteville, NC
Sana Moulder is currently working as a Library Associate II in the Local and State History Room of the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Prior to finding a home with the library, she worked as a registered nurse, and then as a store manager for JoAnn’s. Nursing awakened a deep desire to encourage and support people as they learned how to help and care for themselves and their loved ones. JoAnn’s awakened a far more dangerous passion: fabric addiction and quiltmaking. A rabid sports fan, she believes that baseball’s Opening Day should be a National Holiday, and that businesses should just simply close down during the NCAA Tournament.
Janet Steinke – Board of Directors
Currently resides in Maggie Valley, NC
Theresa Sirman – Board of Directors
Currently resides in Wilkesboro, NC
Theresa was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1954, and grew up in Natrona Heights, PA. She moved
to Florida in 1970, and then enlisted in the US Air Force in 1972, immediately after graduating
from High School. She retired from the US Air Force in 1994 and began working for Lowes
Companies in Dec 1996. She retired from Lowes after 20 years in Feb 2017.
Theresa had bought a Singer sewing machine in 1972, but hardly used it, because making
clothes just was not her “forte”. She tried various other types of needlework (i.e. knitting,
crochet, needlepoint, and cross-stitch). But, she just felt that these did not interest her either.
Then, she met Claire Edwards, the mother-in-law of her “BFF”. Claire had so many beautiful
quilts around her home that she had made. So, Theresa gave her 41-year old Singer sewing
machine away, and purchased a Brother sewing machine from Walmart in 2013 to piece quilt
tops together. She attended the 2013 NC Quilt Symposium at Fayetteville, NC…and the rest is
She travelled to Paducah on a bus tour in 2014, where she met several “Quilters” that she has
kept in touch with ever since. She attended every NC Quilt Symposium since 2013, except for
the one in 2017. While at the 2014 Symposium, she won one of the Scholarships for the 2015
Symposium. Then, while at the 2015 Symposium, she won the Brother Innovis sewing machine
donated by the Beginnings Quilt Shop. She also purchased a Baby Lock Crown Jewel II
Longarm. She has attended quilt retreats in NC and Tenn, and also has taken quilting classes
at Wilkes Community College taught by Betty Brame and Lynn Osborne since 2013. She is
currently the Chairman of the Ways and Means committee of the Wilkes County Quilters Guild.
She previously served as quilt show chairman, and quilt guild treasurer. The guild members
make and donate quilts to the Ebenezer Childrens’ Home. After retiring from Lowes, Theresa
has been volunteering her time in various quilting activities – her church group “Stitches of
Love” has made several quilts for individuals on the Oakwoods Baptist Church prayer list, and
for newborns of church members.
Quilting is her main focus during each and every day – just ask her husband!!
Heather Tighe – Board of Directors
Currently resides in Hampstead, NC
Heather Tighe’s first experience with quilting began in 1970 when she enrolled in an adult education class. Since that time, she has taken many classes with both local and nationally recognized quilt teachers. In June of 1995, Heather opened a full-service quilt shop which became recognized as a quality shop servicing local, visiting and online customers. Heather is an award winning quilter and has taught and lectured at quilting retreats, guilds, quilt shows and quilt shops. She continues teaching both beginner and experienced quilters and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Heather is a Certified Teacher by the National Quilting Association in quiltmaking.
Heather resides in Hampstead, North Carolina with her husband, Charles, a practicing attorney and enjoys cooking, gardening and time in her quilting studio.