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Speaker: Linda Honsberger

Speaker Linda Honsberger will present a lecture, "If Our Grandmothers Could Talk" at our June 21st meeting.

This lecture and trunk show depicts the history of quilts, shown from her collection beginning with pre-civil war quilts (circa 1840) through the present day.

Quilting has been a part of Linda Honsberger’s heritage for over 30 years, as she was initially taught by her husband’s grandmother. She then took a four week class in beginning quilting to make sure she had all the basics. Much to her instructor’s dismay, she was more interested in finishing a Log Cabin quilt for her son’s bed than making the assigned pillows. A passion was born that proved to be the beginning of a wonderful and challenging career.

Linda is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Quilt Appraiser. She became certified by AQS in 2001 and since has appraised well over 1000 quilts at such venues as the AQS Show in Paducah, two Antiques Road Shows, various guilds and organizations throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states, as well as for many individuals. She is a past President of PAAQT, Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles. and was asked to join the AQS Appraiser Certification Committee which instructs and certifies candidates that are interested in becoming certified quilt appraisers.

She has been a commission quilt maker and restoration expert for over 25 years. Her hand quilting work was sought after and has provided the opportunity to work for such notable professionals as Georgia Bonesteel, Bob and Judie Rothermel, and Ann Fahl. Her work can be seen in “Georgia’s Bright Ideas for Lap Quilting” and Judie’s “Aunt Grace’s Scrapbag”.

She teaches and lectures throughout Wisconsin, including an after school outreach program for kids at San Juan Diego School, classes for the Racine Elementary Schools, the University of Wisconsin Parkside’s outreach program and Wustum Museum of Art also in Racine.

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