Board Members

2015 – 2016

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Tim Rickman


I have been quilting for six years since retiring from teaching special needs students in Davidson County. I have mostly self-taught myself to quilt, and I finish 40+ projects a year ranging from table runners to queen size quilts I am always on the lookout for a new technique or a challenging block to try. I create some of my own designs and like to incorporate photography in quilts. I have a special interest in history and quilting, and until recently mostly worked with reproduction fabrics and traditional blocks. I have branched out into machine appliqué and creating modern quilts with solid fabrics. I am married to Julia, also a retiree, and father to Ben and Sarah. I enjoy other forms of needlework such as cross-stitch and needlepoint, and I also construct and paint birdhouses and other garden art for Habitat for Humanity. While I am the only male in the guild, I hope to encourage more men to get interested in quilting. The guild President presides over the meetings, oversees all operations of the guild, and maintains all board approved motions.  

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Roberta Upton

1st Vice President

I’m originally from Norfolk, VA and moved to Winston Salem in 2010 to be closer to family after my mother passed away. She and my grandmother taught me to sew at age 9. My grandmother, the family quilter doing it all by hand, tried to teach me to quilt but I needed to play softball. I specialize in wedding gowns and other apparel, tote bags and purses. I taught middle school for 7 years before leaving to work in retail merchandising at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  I retired from Busch Gardens in 2008 after 30 years of service and started back working on my crafts like sewing, crochet, baking, cooking and jewelry making. I began quilting in 2010, in the month my quilting grandmother passed away at 104 years.  I started with a mystery quilt and got bitten by the bug.  I found Sew Original and Holly told me about the guild.  Currently, I’m trying to learn more about color and fabric choices, new designs, free motion quilting and applique.  I’m also a member of the Quilting Friends Bee. The 1st Vice-President takes over the duties of the President when needed and is responsible for scheduling speakers and for the next year’s programs.  



2nd Vice President

Loved sewing as a youth, but had not sewn for over 40 years.  Was very interested in quilting but did not know anyone who could teach me. God directed me to quilting in August 2014.  I started checking into TV shows first, then Youtube and then found several sites online for education.  In twelve months I completed 6 twin size quilts (3 for my teen grandsons) and two baby quilts. I just love quilting.  I'm learning to machine quilt and freemotion.  All my quilts were done by me on my home machine.  My goal in 2016 is to become more proficient in freemotion. This board member’s main function is to receive payment of dues at regular meetings and through the mail. Membership cards are provided at the time of payment.    

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Emy Bruhn


My mother taught me to sew as a girl, along with other needle arts. Quilting has become my favorite. I took a beginners quilt class from Ann Roth when she had her shop in Clemmons. She was a wonderful and patient teacher. I like traditional quilting and am always very inspired by the Quilt Show and Show & Tell quilts. Joining the Guild has been a great way to meet other quilters, learn new stuff” and be motivated to actually finish a few projects! The secretary takes monthly minutes of each guild meeting. The minutes are submitted to the Newsletter chair for posting in the Newsletter for members to read.

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Patti Mansson


I love to quilt and I love people! My passion is appliqué and I piece when I need to. I love color and creativity and quilting gives me that opportunity. I love to hand quilt my projects and I am learning to machine quilt some of them. I have many hobbies, reading, painting, crocheting and knitting, most of my Patti Mansson Quilttime is spent on quilting and reading at this point in my life. I am assisted with all of my hobbies by my dog, Bella and two cats, Amy and Lucy! I am retired although I still work one day a week. My life is busy and fun with my family, my husband, Butch, one daughter, Jenny and her husband Darren. Also a son, Bobby and his wife, Natalie and four grandchildren who live here. My daughter, Christine and her husband Matt and two more grandchildren live in Minnesota, they provide the travel in our life to see them. I originally came from Minnesota so I have other family members there also. Forsyth Piecers and Quilters has given me many opportunities to expand my quilting knowledge and meet and become friends with many wonderful people. The Treasurer collects and disburses guild funds for all guild activities, including our biennial Quilt Show and our decennial Symposium. Proper financial records are maintained. Annual audits are performed at the end of each fiscal year.

Past Presidents — Lifetime Honorary Members

Year — Member

1983-1984 — Karen Pervier
1984-1985 — Linda Martin
1985-1986 — Fannye Hall
1986-1987 — Suzi Jackson
1987-1988 — Sue Kneppelt
1988-1989 — Kris Kokoski
1989-1990 — Ava Troxler
1990-1991 — Chris Hudson
1991-1992 — Pat Lysell
1992-1993 — Bonnie Leazer
1993-1994 — Nancy Drauszewski
1994-1995 — Debbie Voigt
1995-1996 — Katie Graves
1996-1997 — Martha Claire Henzler
1997-1998 — Genevieve Dillingham
1998-1999 — Gail McNeill
1999-2000 — Glenna Williams

Year — Member

2000-2001 — Jean Markle
2001-2002 — Lisa Alley
2002-2003 — Rosann Davis
2003-2004 — Laura Patridge
2004-2005 — Shirley Brinkley
2005-2006 — Peggy Bruton
2006-2007 — Renee Bachmeier
2007-2008 — Jennifer Lane
2008-2009 — Laura Patridge
2009-2010 — Ann Petitjean
2010-2011 — Leanne M. Brendle
2011-2012 — Ava Lewandowski
2012-2013 — Carrie Pippins
2013-2014 — Patti Mansson
2014-2015 — Debbie Stoltz
2015-2016 — Adele Aiken