Archive | August 2016

Ken Kutzel Antique Quilts

Monday, August 22, 2016



Barb Bredemeier – Welcome

Row Round Robin – tonight is the last night to sign up

Refreshment changes – bring a treat if it’s your birthday month

Barb Schippa/Saturday October 22 Shipshewana bus trip

Sign up before September 1 when the price goes up!

Vicky Gray /Treasurers summary

Barb Bredemeier/Volunteer Positions (open)

Vice President/2 year term (Barb is transitioning to treasurer)

Secretary/2 year term

Programs Asst./2 year term

Historian/photographer/2 year term

Sally Leep/Membership – 73 members, 39 present, 1 new member, 5 guests

Renewal reminders – September is renewal time, $30 dues are now due

All emails will include BRQG in the subject line to safely ID that its guild information

Kathy Meuller/Programs  

Monday, September 26 – all day charity quilt Sew In, Noon to 9:00 pm. See Andrea Aumick for details.

Monday, October 24 – workshop and evening program by modern quilter Debbie Grifka, $35 workshop fee + book cost.

Monday, November 28 – guild meeting in place of sew in (replaces December program which falls on Christmas day) “Working with Wool” hands on wool project. Each table will have a wool teacher. Members are asked to bring basic sewing supplies.

Monday, December 25 – Merry Christmas! No meeting…..

Mary Voss introduced close friend and speaker Ken Kutzel. Ken, previously an educator from the Detroit area and now a resident of the Saugatuck/Douglas area, has been collecting a wide range of antique quilts for the past 40 years, some in pristine condition and a few that needed gentle attention to bring them back to their original glory. Our members enjoyed Ken’s humor, enthusiasm, and kindred quilt spirit, graciously sharing more than 80 quilts ranging from early 20th century to mid-century, with an emphasis on art deco designs. He is drawn to oranges and greens, but mainly looks for well-balanced designs and unique quilts.  We broke for refreshments after his presentation, and then enjoyed more Show & Tell antique quilts from our members. No doubt everyone slept well thinking about all the lovely quilts they’d enjoyed.  Here is Ken’s vast collection……….


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


August Program Reminder

Please be sure to join us for our next program, Monday, August 22, 2016. Our evening speaker will be Ken Kutzel from Saugatuck who will share his in depth interest in antique quilts with a trunk show from his collection.

Members are encouraged to bring one or two of their own antique quilts for show & tell.

6:30 PM – Social Time

7:00 – Business meeting, program and show & tell

Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland, MI  49424


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


Row-by-Row Round Robin Challenge sign up!

Summer days are long and warm and we love spending time outside. We may not spend as much time thinking about……quilting.  Soon our thoughts will move inside as the days shorten. You may begin looking for a fun quilting challenge to work on. Please join us for our next guild wide challenge……a round robin row by row wall size quilt.

Sign up deadline – Monday, August 22, 2016

Guild members will be organized in groups of 6.

You decide on your theme, colors, etc., and make the first strip, then passing it on with your guidelines and suggestions to the next person.

Each person will have 2 months to make a strip.

The final row will be returned October 23, 2017e form

Please click on the form link for more complete details, or contact Barb Bredemeier at

Barb Schippa                                                                                                                                                       Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary




Shipshewana here we come!


Tick tock, tick tock…..time is slipping by…….don’t be left behind!!!!! The bus is about to leave for BRQG Shipshewana Extravaganza, sponsored by BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD. Well, not until Saturday, October 22, 2016 to be exact.

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.

Our bus leaves 8:00 AM (sharp) from Holland Sam’s Club, US 31 and James Street, Holland

Returning 7:00 PM Saturday evening.



Ticket price/per person:

Before September 1 – Guild Members $75/Nonmembers $85

After September 1 – Guild Members $80/Nonmembers $90

Ticket costs includes:

  • Round trip transportation via luxury motor coach (B&W Charters)
  • Plenty of time for shopping at Yoder’s, the Cotton Corner, Davis Mercantile/Lolly’s & Little bit of Lolly’s quilt shops, Rebecca Haarer Antiques & more
  • Family style Amish Thresher dinner (Ham and 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 presentation” by renown author/Amish Quilt Historian Rebecca Haarer

Invite a neighbor, or family member, or your quilting friends. The trip is now open to the public. Please be sure to send your checks and registration forms to guild treasurer Vicky Gray as soon as possible. (Click the form tab for a printable form). We sure hope you can join us!!!!

Barb Schippa,

BRQG Secretary