Welcome to our website! Like most websites, this is a work in progress. Check back often to see progress. Trunk show photos, Show and Tell photos, Peds Quilt photos, etc. are no longer posted on the home page, but are archived according to calendar date. Find the latest "upload" here: Guild Archive

WHAT WE ARE: Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild is a long-established non-profit, meeting once each month at the Friendship Center in Petoskey. Current membership count is about 100.

WHY WE ARE: Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild exists to:
cooperation and exchange of ideas among those who love quilts and quilting 
Encourage high standards of design and technique 
Stimulate interest in quilting crafts and skills through carefully planned programs and activities.

LTBQG members currently support and sustain four charitable efforts: Pediatric Quilts for hospitalized children and teens; Hospice Quilts for Hiland Hospice House patients; Quilts of Valor for U.S. service veterans; and quilted placemats for every Meals on Wheels recipient in Emmet County. Hospice Quilts and Quilts of Valor are small work-groups that meet regularly, while the Pediatric Quilts and Meals on Wheels Placemats are carried out by individuals who prefer to work alone at home.
For more information on any of these efforts, CLICK the Helping Hands at left below.

Last update:June 3, 2020

We're located
in Petoskey, MI,
near the "Tip of the Mitt,"
and just 30 miles south of the
Big Mackinac Bridge!


We do Quilts of Valor (R)
and have thus far presented
350 quilts
to U.S. Veterans of our Armed Forces.

Our normal practice is to meet every second Thursday of the month at the Emmet County Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road in Petoskey. Guild members who wish to meet earlier and visit with other quilters may bring needlework after 3:30pm. Light refreshments are served at 5:30pm, and our regular meeting begins at 6:00pm. Visitors are welcome, but asked to contribute $5 to the Guild treasury. Exception: visitors are invited to attend the Annual LTBQG September Tea free of charge.

As stated below, our Guild is not meeting at all until further notice. The Emmet County Friendship Center is closed.



Emmet County Friendship Center

Helping Hands


To contact Guild leadership, send an e-mail to: ltbquiltersguild@gmail.com

All meetings, classes, programs, etc. canceled until further notice.

A Message from
President Lynn Czar

Hi Quilters!
I hope you’re doing well and staying safe. I would like to give you an update on what’s happening with our guild.

Unfortunately, there is no definite date for the Friendship Center to open, therefore all our speakers have been cancelled due to the Corona virus and the uncertainty of the future. We are canceling all meetings until further notice until the end of the year unless things change for the better, when we can safely gather together again. Our highest priority is to keep everyone safe.

I encourage you to keep making progress in producing your charity articles:

QOV- contact Teresa Keys if you have finished quilts or quilts that just
need binding, she also has precut quilts for QOV to sew.

-Pat Nolan - Hold onto them

Peds Quilts- call Judy Goldsmith for dropping off/

Hospice- call Barbara to make arrangements to drop off your quilts.

Please read our Facebook page
and website to stay current with what’s going on in our guild.

The winner of the most QOV blocks is- Ruth Harris! She emailed me her success at 15 blocks for Quilts of Valor! Great job Ruth!

Please stay safe, and enjoy the time for rest and creating!

Always Quilting,

Lynn Czar



From our June 2020 newsletter:

Hi Quilters!
I feel like we have lost touch without being able to meet at the
Friendship Center, but I hope everyone is well and staying safe at
home. I recently have been in touch with the Friendship Center and
they have no opening date as of yet. With that in mind, do you
realize what an awesome Show and Tell we are going to have when
we do finally get together? It’s going to be stellar!

In the meantime, there has been an uprising in my sewing room! My
scraps are threatening to takeover! I am sewing as fast as I can but I
can’t out sew them! I swear they are reproducing at night with the
threat of taking over my whole room! What to do? You can’t throw
them away, cute polka dots, flaming orange stripes, and the neon
pink swirls, oh and my lime green blender! But I am up to the
challenge, I will sew them into submission! So, for me, this
quarantine serves as a time to plow into my scraps and at least
make a valiant attempt to use what I have. I hope that this time
serves you well in whatever you do, sewing, reading, staying
connected to family and friends.

Our guild is a vibrant group of people that make the world a little
brighter by the quilts we create for ourselves and give to others. I
like to think of it as spreading a little colorful joy to the world. We
will get together again; we just have to be patient. In the
meantime, please be safe and healthy. Now where did I put that
lime green fabric? I know it’s here somewhere.......

Always Quilting, Lynn


UFO Challenge

Wool BOM Club
(Block of the Month)

Color Challenge

Let’s keep the Guild UFO Challenge Going: Send a list of your unfinished projects, along with a check for $5/item to Charr Skirvin. DO THIS ASAP, just so we have a registration record. Each UFO must be completely finished --quilted and bound -- to be revealed at September Tea. If you don’t quilt your projects yourself, set a goal of getting tops done by June 1 so you can get them to a longarm quilter.

April materials were delayed. Hang on, they're a'comin'!

Lots of great things are being done. Keep that going. Yay!!!

Program Contacts are: Judith Ivan (231-459-5662) - jofsji@gmail.com
and Charr Skirvin (231-753-2261) - 79cls63@gmail.com
Contact one of us with questions or sign-ups.


Quilts of Valor(R) now meets at the
Charlevoix Public Library
220 Clinton Street,
from 10am - 2pm,
second Wednesday of each month. Next workday: Stay tuned.
This is a permanent location change.

At right is Karen Wooltz
who dropped by the March workbee
to donate her Quilt of Valor(R)
that she made at home.

Thank you, Karen!



An Accuquilt fabric cutter is now available
for use at the Petoskey District Library.

Click on the "Go" picture at right to read
about this wonderful new community resource!

This is also the page to check on the
used with the cutter.

This page will be updated as our inventory grows.


Upcoming Work Bees-->bbbbbbb

Quilts of Valor
Next workbee--
-- date to be determined --
--at Charlevoix

Public Library

350 Quilts awarded thus far!
Hospice Quilts
Meets every Wednesday,
9am - 12 noon

at Hiland Cottage, Petoskey
Will resume when crisis is over.
Placemat Makers
Whenever you have
fabric and time.


A look back to relive some quilter fun . . .
Our February 2020 meeting was blessed with good weather and we had an excellent turnout. Show 'n Tell was great, then Nettie Hosler presented a trunk show from a smattering of projects done and almost done. Click her to see the Show 'n Tell segment and what was in her trunk.  


November 14 - Sharon Henrie Lake of Great Lakes Quilts was both speaker and teacher for the next day's class on One Block wonders. We managed to get a few pictures.  
September 12th - Our 2019 September Tea
Charlevoix Public Library hosted our gathering in their lovely Community Room, where we enjoyed a colorful presentation by Sally Manke, Michigan fiber artist. Click the bike at right for some really nice work by this retired high-school art and home-ec teacher.s


August 8th - Gramma, Gracie and Me!
It was a trunk show that could truly make your quilt cup runneth over. Tresa McWilliams Keys brought what was only a fraction of her collection, sharing with us her love of quilting and the countless things to be made from 1930s reproduction fabrics.


We worked hard to present the 2019 version of
Quilts on the Bay and it was MAGNIFICENT!
Click the icon at right to see the best quilts
you'll find this year!


June 13th brought us just about every kind of weather except snow, and we had good attendance. It was also one week prior to the quilt show, so a lot of last-minute threads were dealt with and tied off. (Quilting analogy.) Still, there were a half-dozen members who brought their latest creation for Show 'n Tell. Click on the blue flower to see them.


May 9th cooperated beautifully! We had a meeting! We had an awesome Show and Tell! Click the Blue Shadow Star at right to see.  


April 11th was a terrible day for weather. Forecasters warned of freezing rain, and we decided to stay home.
NO pictures. Boo.
Don't click it.
It doesn't go anywhere.

March 14th brought favorable weather and we had a good turn-out that included neat Show and Tell quilts and a thorough demonstration of machines that cut fabric --fast and precisely.
Click the miniature at right to see the photos.

February's 2019 meeting
was sandwiched in-between snow and sleet storms. Occupational Therapist Kristin Wren from McLaren Northern Michigan gave a short program on how to practice healthy posture throughout the whole quilt-making process.

There was only one quilt for Show and Tell, and it was made for an auction fundraiser that benefitted Petoskey High School athletics. It's the only photo from that meeting.


January 2019
meeting photos. Click the pinwheel!

Looking for photos of past meetings and events?
Need to look at a newsletter?
Go to the

Guild Archive.
Click the safe.
Guild Archive
That's where we keep the hallowed material. Verrry quietly, click the safe.


That's all, folks!