Our Guild History

logoThe Forsyth Piecers and Quilters was formed in 1981. Barbara Matthews, the director of Our House and South Fork Community Center was the moving force behind the formation of the Guild. Karen Pervier served as President during the initial organization period and the first year.

The Guild was organized for benevolent and charitable purposes . . . to benefit, educate, promote, and support persons interested in preserving, continuing, and advancing the art and craft of quilting and related fibers.

The City of Winston-Salem’s Recreational Department was the backbone of the Guild during this time, providing a meeting and workspace, assistance with the newsletter, encouragement, and a willingness to assist in any way that it could. Meetings were held at South Fork until the membership grew too large for the available space.
Guild members participate in local and regional projects and offer activities involving quilting whenever invited. Past projects have included the Ronald McDonald House, Amos Cottage, Habitat for Humanity, and Victory Junction Gang Camp – just to name a few.

In 1983, the Guild supported the North Carolina Documentation Project, that aimed to “achieve some sense of the variety of quilts in the state and to learn about the lives of the quiltmakers.” We also hosted our first North Carolina Quilt Symposium in 1983, and subsequent ones in 1988, 1997, and 2006.

Today, our on-going projects include Preemie Quilts, Nap Quilts, Senior Lap Quilts, and additional Special Projects. Every other year, the Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild hosts a two-day Quilt Show. This event is opene to the public and offers our members the challenge of entering personal hand-made quilt items for judging.

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

Year — Member

1999-2000 — Glenna Williams
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

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