LEADERSHIP
Ann Lightner:
President

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!

Cindy Gamble has been a member of Stringtown Quilters Guild since 2013.  . She has served the Guild as Treasurer (2014-2015) and then President (2015-2017), and she is currently serving as Vice-President (2019-2021).  Cindy loves the friends she has made at the Guild over these few short years and loves seeing all of the creativity that each person brings to the Guild.  

Cindy is married to Bill Gamble since 1973.  They have 2 children, Brandy (Chris) Hollis and Daniel (Liv) Gamble.  They have 4 beautiful grand-daughters and soon to be a 5th grandchild.  Cindy currently works part time at First Church of Christ where the guild meets monthly.

Cindy Gamble:
Vice-President
Roxanne Hummel:
Secretary

I have been quilting for over 15 years and longarm quilting for about 4 years.  When I started quilting I didn't even know what a bobbin was and had never touched a sewing machine, so I truly believe anyone can learn how to do this!  I love going to quilt shows, taking quilting classes, learning new techniques, encouraging beginning quilters, perusing quilting magazines, and shopping for anything related to quilting. 

 

For a while I thought I "might" have a fabric addiction, but then we finished our basement at our house in Batavia, Ohio, and I realized I no longer have a problem at all:) I help sustain my quilting habit by operating Courthouse Quilting, a longarm quilting business, where I provide both hand-guided and computerized quilting.  When I am not sewing, you will find me practicing immigration law with my husband, Mike, at Hummel & Hummel in Florence, Kentucky. When I am at home, you will find me working as the Snack Wench for my two daughters, ages 2 and 5, who consume enormous amounts of goldfish crackers, milk and juice boxes. Anyone who wants to avoid me can hang out in the grocery store or near my kitchen stove, because cooking is a necessity for me, not a pleasure. 

 

I love animals and I have two elderly shih tzus (Quincy and Mickie) that regularly get pounced on by our two wild kittens, Lulu and Winnie. I also love knitting, watching Dateline/murder mysteries, stand up comedy, and I suffer from an endless addiction to Diet Pepsi and Reese Cups.  

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.  

Martha Ferguson: 
Newsletter Editor

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin with 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  My husband and I have been married for 44 years and we have 3 sons who (with their wives) have blessed us with 6 grandchildren.  I have been sewing for over 50 years but have only quilting for the last 10 or so.  

 

I LOVE QUILTING!  I love the whole process of picking out the pattern and fabric, cutting it it out, and piecing the blocks as accurately as I can. With any quilts that are bigger than crib or wall size I take them to someone with a quilting machine to have them quilted and then I put on the binding.  I like fabric that is bright and kind of pops out at you, I like contrast in a finished quilt block and I like florals and 

prints.

 

I have been the membership chairman for approx. 6 years and I keep a 

record of who is a member and their contact information.  I also make 

sure everyone has a name tag for our meetings.

Lynda VanDyke: 
Membership Chairman
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.

Larry had been a teacher for over 40 years, having taught kindergarten through graduate school.  He began his career as an art teacher, but later became a classroom teacher. He developed and implemented a program for gifted and talented students in the school district.  After retiring, he taught at the university level.  He began his art career as an oil and watercolor painter.  While taking a class in Batik during graduate school, he became interested in working with dyes and fibers.  Eventually this led him to quilting.  Combining his love of traveling and photography, he has created many art quilts depicting scenes from the places he has visited.  He specializes in interpreting the natural environment. He has exhibited his work both locally and nationally.  He has had work published in Quilting Arts Magazine and has had quilts accepted in the Cherrywood Fabrics Challenges (Van Gogh, Prince, and Bob Ross).  He belongs to the local Stringtown quilt guild as well as several national and international quilts associations.  He has been traveling throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana presenting trunk shows and teaching his technique of creating art quits using small snippets of fabric.  He was recently invited to be the “featured quilter” at the Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show in Elizabethtown, Ky.  

Larry McKenney
SQG Previous President, 2017-2019

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