President: Cindy Williams
Lives in Franklin, NC
In 1980 I visited Franklin, North Carolina. I anticipated a 2-month stay, rented an apartment and took my Singer Golden Touch and Sew and several boxes of polyester double-knit fabrics, expecting to have plenty of time to make clothing. My first mistake was a visit to MACE Crafts, home of (at that time) the worlds’s largest quilt. A log cabin block by Linda Nation caught my eye and I have sewn only quilts ever since! In fact, those boxes of double-knits are probably still around somewhere!
While I love the process of making a quilt – everything from the planning to the cutting to the sewing – I firmly believe that the sewing machine was invented for a reason and I use it for all aspects of my work, winning Best Machine Quilting at the 2008 Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Show.
I am a technician rather than a designer, and enjoy the math and finding quicker, more efficient ways to gain my end result. Getting others hooked helps alleviate the guilt caused by the amount of time and money I spend on quilting (“See, everybody does it!”)
I have one grown son (how can that be??), one grown granddaughter, and live in Franklin, NC with Bill and out lab Joey.
Vice President: Irene Grimes
Hometown: Athens, Greece – Currently resides in Fayetteville, NC
Irene started “hanging out” with two ladies who were quilters and got bitten by the bug (it took several years though!); once bitten, she was done! She belongs to the Tarheel Quilters Guild in Fayetteville, NC, and to the Modern Quilting Group in Fayetteville.
Irene most enjoys the creative part of quilting! – which are all parts; whether you are designing the quilt, arranging the blocks, making the blocks or quilting it – all of it requires some creativity. Irene teaches paper piecing and self publishes her paper piecing patterns.
She joined the NCQSI Board in 2013. “I worked as a volunteer at Symposium in 2013 when the Tarheel Quilters Guild hosted, and came to realize what great value it has in an educational, social, socializing and fun aspect!”
When asked about her favorite memory, she said, “One year I volunteered to work at the Quilt Show. When the doors opened, and the ladies who had quilts in the show came in, some of them exhibiting for the first time, and saw their quilts hanging there, they were moved, excited, proud, and humbled all at the same time! It was such a pleasure to see this!”
Secretary: Terri Sharpe Riddle
Currently resides in Sanford, 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.
Director: Bonnie McPhail
Currently resides 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.”
Director: Sana Moulder
Director: Joan Kennedy Tolley
Hometown: Spring Lake, New Jersey – Currently resides in Black Mountain, NC
Joan says she was interested in making quilts and took a class while living in Vermont, from an 82-year-old woman who had quilted all her life. Joan most enjoys making scrappy quilts and is really enjoying making modern quilts. She belongs to the Asheville Quilt Guild. In her spare time, Joan enjoys girl scouting both locally and internationally, book group, golf, hiking, and traveling with her husband. She loves teaching quilting to children.
Joan recently joined the NCQSI Board as a representative for the Asheville Quilt Guild; AQG will be hosting Symposium in 2018!
When asked about a favorite Symposium memory she says, “My favorite symposium class was the hand-dyed class I took in 2002. I am still using some of the 10 yards of fabric we dyed. I also enjoyed this year getting to know more of the participants and I look forward to seeing them in 2018.”