Quilt and Trunk Show to feature more than 100 quilts

MARSHALL — In a 25-year span, Bonnie Longtin of Canby has created more than 6,000 quilts.

And she’ll be showing some of them at the Adult Community Center on Saturday.

The Thread Benders quilt guild is having its 19th Quilt and Trunk Show from 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Adult Community Center in Marshall. A trunk show featuring Longtin will be at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The show will have more than 100 quilts on display, Longtin said.

“It’ll be people’s first quilt, we have beginners all the way up to people who have placed best of show at fairs,” Longtin said.

Longtin will do a trunk show twice on Saturday.

“I will show between 30 to 40 quilts,” Longtin said. The quilts will include the first one she made about 40 years ago, antique quilts, commissioned quilts and her current project.

Longtin said the first quilt she made was one she did for her husband. He is the sponsor for his sister’s second daughter.

Normally, Longtin said she would take quilt tops to a quilter, and three to six months later she’d get the quilt. But in one instance, she took five quilts to be quilted in April and they still weren’t done by Christmas. She had to pay extra to get them done.

“That’s when I decided I needed to do long armed quilting for the public,” she said. She bought a long-armed quilting machine and took an eight-hour class on how to use it. Long arm quilting is taking quilt top, batting and the backing and quilting a pattern to put the three layers together, she said.

“The next day, I put my first customer quilt on,” she said. In the 25 years that she’s had the long arm machine, she’s made more than 6,000 quilts, she said.

Longtin said there’s about 28 members of the Thread Benders guild, and quite a few of them will have quilts at the show this weekend. A quilt that won best of show two years ago will be on display when people walk in.

Those who have a quilt they’d like to display at the show can contact Michelle Full at 532-3893, email at full@chartermi.net or call Lori Dagel at 507-658-3556. The event includes a raffle drawing for the quilt “On the Horizon” by Whirligig Designs. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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