Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild serves our communities with five charities . . .


Pediatric Quilts

Every child and teenager (through age 18) admitted to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey receives a new quilt from the the hospital's Quilt Closet.

LTBQG members make and donate those quilts. For some, this is their only "quilting" now that they have satisfied every other quilt "need" within their circle of family and friends. They just want to keep their hand in the craft and help out kids who have the sometimes-scary experience of being in a hospital.

We get back some terrifically heartwarming stories about the kids who receive these quilts.

"Peds" Quilts can be made by individuals at home. Any size from baby crib to full-length twin bed
is welcome.




Quilts of Valor(R)
for U.S. Military Veterans
Next Work Day
10am - 2pm
Thursday, June 6th, 2019

at Hearts to Holly,

207 Ferry Avenue in Charlevoix

LTBQG is an official chapter of the national "Quilts of Valor(R)" effort to "honor and comfort" U.S. military veterans.

Tresa Keys heads up this small group, keeping track of where each quilt-in-progress is and its current condition at any given time. She also applies for local community grants for funds to buy materials --and does much more.

There are no requirements to join. Just pack up your sewing machine and basic sewing tools, and be at Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix by 10am on designated work days.

"Quilting to honor and comfort"

"Big Star" is one of several patterns used by LTBQG's Quilts of Valor(R) Chapter.
For more information on Quilts of Valor(R) in general, set your browser to .
This is generally a group activity, but Tresa also works with individuals who want to sew at home.



Hospice Quilting

From October through May, Guild members dedicated to comforting hospice patients gather weekly to cut and sew quilts at Hiland Cottage, the hospice facility maintained by McLaren Northern Michigan. Every patient admitted to Hiland Cottage is given a 5'x7' quilt made to fit an extra-long twin hospital bed. Patient families are allowed to keep the quilt.

These quilters turn out an average of 100 twin-size quilts each year, as well as a quantity of lap quilts for hospice patients cared for at home. It's a huge effort for a group of this size.

Hiland Cottage

This is another quilter/quilting activity that can be done with
a group or individually at home.

Our Hospice Quilters have some ongoing critical needs: batting, larger pieces of fabric and backing materials. They also need the assistance of longarm quilters to help finish the quilts. If you can help meet any of these needs, please call Barbara Postelnick at 231-347-0798.

Hospice Quilters meet from 9am - 12 noon each Wednesday
at Hiland Cottage located at #1 Hiland Drive, Petoskey.
Enter through the lower level.



Another charitable support group has sprung up, thanks to Johanna Kutcher. Gathering under the name Servant Hearts, sewers and crafters gather with Johanna once a month to make cold weather items needed by families in the Petoskey area. These include knit hats, mittens and scarves, as well as scrap quilts. When finished, all items will be distributed through the Mana Food Pantry. The group meets the fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, call Johanna at 231-838-4831

Anyone have extra yarn? Servant Hearts has some knitters who will gladly turn out hats, mittens, etc. for folks who need them. Please contact Johanna if you can donate.

As with most of our charitable efforts, you may work with a small gathering or by yourself at home.



for "Meals on Wheels"


Northern Michigan's Emmet and Charlevoix Counties both offer a broad variety of senior services, including a Meals and Wheels food distribution that reaches to the furthest corners of each county. Our quilters lend a hand with this effort by making quilted placemats for every stop on their routes.

Patricia Nolan heads up this effort and accepts placemats from Guild members any time of year. She asks that they be 12"x18", pieced and quilted. Seniors get their new placemats in November, in time for the holiday season.

This is an individual activity to be done at home.
Each member is asked to make at least one in time for the November distribuition.


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