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Thursday, April 27, 2017

APRIL 26, 2017 - - BETSY KOSS LECTURE, TRUNK SHOW and WORKSHOP

GREAT MEETING TONIGHT ...

Charlie gave a great Power Point presentation on PRE-SASHING BLOCKS to result in easier assembly of a quilt top.  I am looking forward to trying the technique with a sashed quilt.  I especially liked Charlies D.Y.I. binding holder.  Charlie gave me a copy of her presentation on a flash drive so I will be posting it here on the blog sometime in the future. 






COPING STRIPS to bring a block to size

 
Our guest speaker was Betsy Koss from Boyne City.  She belongs to the guild in Petosky, and is a former member of the Birmingham GREAT LAKES HERITAGE QUILT GUILD.  She brought a couple of her guild members with her for a girl's night out.  They were really fun at the dinner we had at LUCKY'S, we talked so much we were almost late for the lecture set up...

 She came to our guild and showed us her quilt collection.   Betsy has been collecting antique quilts, antique quilt tops and quilt blocks from antique shops and fairs for several years and multiple sources.  She brought over 30 projects she has worked on.  She discussed how she cleans the antiques quilts and tops, and also discussed how she marked them for quilting.  When each project was presented she was able to identify the approximate age of the quilt by the fabrics in the quilts.  Her antiques ranged from the early 1800s thru the 1970s and 80s.  She hand quilted many of the quilt tops and also used BIG STITCH QUILTING.  She gave a brief explanation of the threads used and the techniques for the best results.  Betsy also graciously answered all our questions during the lecture and questions by individual members after the lecture.  It was a really fun night and if you missed it ... you missed a great time.

BETSY's LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY QUILT GUILD

I am posting several of the pictures I took at the meeting but  you really need to see them up close and personal because my pictures do not do justice to the lovely projects.  Sorry, but Betsy showed us so many quilts I had trouble keeping track of which projects were made from quilt tops and which were from block collections.  I tried to pick the pictures of her older projects.


INDIGO BLOCKS ANTIQUE QUILT BLOCKS

Antique quilting with some fading

Cherry pop .... using antique blocks

Salvaging an antique quilt

LATER DAY LOG CABIN QUILT
I took over 50 pictures of Betsy's projects and hope to get more tomorrow when I go to her workshop.  We will be brainstorming our own projects and learning how to do the BIG STITCH.

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 CAMEO QUILTERS CAME TO VISIT.  THIS IS THE LOVELY RAFFLE QUILT THEY SOLD TICKETS FOR.  








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