Archive | May 2016

Upcoming calendar

Wasn’t Ann Loveless great?!  It was so exciting to have such a great speaker at our guild!The board is working hard searching interesting speakers and programs.  Your suggestions are always welcome! Here’s what’s coming up:

May 23, 2016 – Sew in…. Yes, the weather is great and you might want to stay home to enjoy it.  But we would love to see you all!

June 27, 2016 – Red & White Challenge, with certified judge Sue Cortese

July 25, 2016 – Guild Picnic & Sew in

August 22, 2016 – Ken Kutzel, antique quilts trunk show

September 24, 2016 – Sew in

October 24, 2016 –

November 28, 2016 – Hands on wool workshop/sew in (in lieu of December meeting)

December  – No meeting

January 23, 2017 – Sew in

February 27, 2017 – Frieda Anderson, quilt artist/hand dyed fabrics, lecture & workshop

March 27, 2017 – Sew in

April 24, 2017 – Tim Lattimer, trunk show presentation

May 22, 2017 – Sew in

June 26, 2017 – Sandy Klop, American Jane fabrics/patterns

Mark your calendar to join us!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilter’s Guild Secretary

Row Quilt Round Robin coming soon

Our Red & White Challenge is almost over!  Are you ready for a new challenge?!!   How about a Row by Row Round Robin?  And we have 2 months to finish each row!  That gives us lots of time to complete each row.   Sign ups begin in August and the challenge will begin in October.   

Barb Bredemeier is the organizer/contact at:

  • Guild members will be organized in groups of 6.
  • Each participant will make a strip or row to start off her lap or wall sized quilt. (We suggest you make your initial row no longer than 48 inches.)
  • Each participant will assemble a box or bag of fabric which may be used in her quilt.
  • Each participant may include a special instruction sheet which could say something like, please use only the included fabrics, you may add any fabric you wish, please keep this a spring or Christmas theme, etc. If you like, you may include a journal in your box for each person who works on your quilt to write in.
  • Round Robin Quilt bags will be passed on to the next participant every other month.
  • Participants will have 2 months to add a row to their assigned quilt.
  • Contact Barb Bredemeier if you would like to participate.



2016-2017 Round Robin Schedule:

August 22        Deadline to sign up to participate in Round Robin

October 24      Receive Round Robin group assignments.  Begin making first row.

December       Pass bags on to participant #2 and make second row.

February 27     Pass bags on to participant #3 and make third row.

April 24           Pass bags on to participant #4 and make fourth row.

June 26            Pass bags on to participant #5 and make fifth row.

August 28        Pass bags on to final participant and make sixth row.

October 23      Return bag to original owner at guild meeting.



Happy Quilting!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary

Tulip Time Quilt Show 2016


Today was the perfect time to see this year’s entrants in the Tulip Time Quilt Show, before the crowds get bigger and you have a hard time seeing the beautiful work submitted by our many talented area quilters.

Each year I leave inspired, seeing a new twist on an old pattern or some entirely new idea.  This year’s show has both, from the patterns and colors reflecting days gone by to many exciting quilts with lively colors and patterns.

There is truly something for everyone. And like years past, it’s fun to eavesdrop on conversations about what the viewers liked (or didn’t) about a piece. Art is so subjective! Either way, we are so fortunate to have such a large pool of talented fiber artists in the Holland/Zeeland area that are willing to share their work.

Here’s a snippet of some of the beautiful quilts, but I hope you can make the show in person. Check out the line for dates and times:


Barb Schippa,

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


Shipshewana – Stuff the bus!


Shipshewana Amish Extravaganza

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sponsored by:


Join us for a beautiful autumn (quilt filled) day in Shipshewana, Indiana!! 

The colors of autumn are everywhere with pumpkins and cornstalks dotting the fields before the first snow falls in northern Indiana.   Sit back and relax while wandering the Amish countryside, hear renowned Amish Quilt Author/Historian Rebecca Haarer speak and present her trunk show. You will enjoy a family style Amish Thresher Dinner at The Carriage House on the Topeka farm of our Amish hostess Elaine.  Plus you will have ample time for shopping in the morning and afternoon (walk off those carbs!) at the many well-known quilt shops before returning to Holland.

Tickets open to BRQG thru June 30, open to the public July 1, at the following price/per person:



Shipshewana Amish Extravaganzaentry-form

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Before September 1 – Members $75/Nonmembers $85

After September 1 – Members $80/Nonmembers $90

*no refunds after July 1, you can resell or give your ticket away

Depart – 8:00 AM EST (sharp) Holland Sam’s Club, 2190 North Park Drive, NE Parking Lot near Steak ‘n Shake, US 31 and James Street, Holland

Return – 7:00 PM EST – estimate


  • Round trip transportation via luxury motor coach (B&W Charters)
  • Shopping in Shipshe – Yoder’s, the Cotton Corner, Davis Mercantile/Lolly’s & Little bit of Lolly’s, Rebecca Haarer Antiques
  • Family style Amish Thresher dinner (Ham/Chicken, tossed salad, homemade breads and spreads, buttered vegetables, mashed potatoes w/gravy, chicken dressing, noodles, choice of 3 pies, coffee and tea)
  • Trunk show and speaker by well-known author/Amish Quilt Historian Rebecca Haarer

(Please print) Name___________________________________________________________

Address__________________________ City_____________State______


Phone #_____________________________________________________

Emergency Contact Name and Phone #___________________________________

Mail check made out to BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD and a completed form for each person to:

Vicky Gray, BRQG Treasurer

399 Timberlake Dr. W.

Holland, MI  49424

*NOTE – keep a copy of this for your records, and your cancelled check is your receipt.

Who Put Up/Took Down The Tables?!?

The other day I was reading another quilty friend’s blog post. She loyally posts on a daily basis. I don’t know how she does it. I have great intentions but get side tracked; busy doing other things, and then days may go by. Not her. She is committed to her daily post! She is committed.

Her topic was VOLUNTEERS, big letters. It made me think of the unlimited hours people offer to make things better and inspired me to comment on the word here. Most of us go thru life without much thought how things are done around us, but volunteers are everywhere. Events and functions of all kinds wouldn’t happen without the generous amount of time and effort of its volunteers. If you volunteer at your church, schools, blood banks, etc. even the tiniest amount of time, you know what I mean. And volunteering happens beyond the demands of our very busy lives.

Case in point…..our Big Red Quilters Guild. Now I will step up on the soap box for a moment. Her post caused me to reflect on some of the countless hours people give to get this guild going and running thus far. Hopefully it will inspire you to think of even the tiniest way you might share your talents and time to improve our guild. Volunteering is vital. Things don’t miraculously get done with someone stepping forward. I can’t list everything that “gets done” in our guild but here are a few things that come to mind.  Fasten your seat belts.

Working with a quilt shop for an exploratory guild meeting

Hours/weeks meeting to organize the start up

Research meeting locations

Budget setting

Setting up bank accounts

Establishing non-profit status

Deliver guild related handouts/forms thru-out west Michigan

Stepping up for board positions

Organize, set up and clean up event refreshments

Work with suppliers ordering, pickup and delivering name tags

Soliciting prizes from local shops

Take photographs for historical records

Record countless hours of minutes for each meeting and event

Checking members in at each meeting

Create and maintain new website

Lead programs

Greet and welcome guests

Research and contract all guild speakers

Create and maintain bee lists

Research and organize charity project efforts

Hold up “show and tell” quilts

Organizing special challenges (establishing guidelines, forms, contracting judges)

Create and maintain a Facebook page

Work with news media advertising the guild and events

Travel to/research retreat locations and facilities

Watching forecast during bad weather for safe meetings

Organize transportation, meals and rooms for speakers

Organize numerous tasks for a workshop

Room set up and tears down before each event

Step up and lead countless task

Create and maintain a guild blog to communicate to members

Research, negotiate, contact and organize tasks for special events like bus trips

Organize sew-ins – getting doors unlocked, table set up and turning up the heat

Covering someone’s duties if they are absent

Coordinate events with Beechwood church (approvals, support staff, etc.)

Create and maintain countless forms

Coordinate garage sales…. collecting, pricing, set up, tear down/clean up

Maintain guild records

Process new members

Maintain accounting functions and work within budgets

Create and maintain accurate member lists

And have fun building new friendships!

Helping with guild activities connects us and builds friendships with other quilters. How fun is that!?!! But this is only a few things that go on behind the scenes. It’s just a snippet of the many things needed to make YOUR guild work. More is needed and encouraged to make it work effortlessly. Remember, this guild belongs to all of us. So how are you able to help? Maybe you’d be willing to replace outgoing secretary and treasurer positions this fall? Or somewhere else? Think about it. Lots of hands make light work!

Thank you,

Barb Schippa,

(One of many Volunteers) Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary