Archive | April 2017



APRIL 24, 2017

Part of the Mission Statement of Big Red Quilters Guild states that our mission is to ensure textile and needle arts continue for generations through education and promotion of all quilting styles.

Those who attended last night’s meeting were educated by their fellow members who shared their favorite tools and techniques.  It was clear that those in attendance had a fun evening and were amazed that they learned so much in seven ten minute intervals.  Rather that write every little detail, I am encouraging readers to join BRQG, meet your fellow area quilters and know that there have been several requests to repeat favorite tools night.  I learned that a toilet brush with a ribbon on it is an indispensable item for thread clean-up if your sewing area is carpeted!

Huge thanks to Barb Bredemeier, Janet Hanies, Kathy Mueller, Jodi Reitsma, Sue Schultz, Nora Slikkers and Sally Zenas, teachers for the evening.  You and your hand-outs were/are fantastic!

In Pat Navis’ absence, Barb Bredemeier opened the meeting at 7:00 pm.  She asked people with June or July birthdays to sign up to provide snacks for the July meeting.  She also had guidelines and fabric swatches available for the Butterflies Are Blooming Ultimate Guild challenge.

Mary Botsis reported that the ideal size for charity quilts for the Holland Fire Department is (minimum) 40”x60” – (maximum) 50”x70”.  As of now, we have a good fabric supply on hand.

Kathy Mueller said there is still space available in the Sandy Klop workshop which will be June 26.  Cost for the workshop is $50 and the pattern is $9.  The evening lecture is open to all.

The evening ended with members showing recently completed beautiful quilts.
Raffle ticket winners were Sheryl Sanford, Barb Mezeske and Sonja Swanigan.
Name tag order forms are available at the check in desk at all meetings.  Cost is $15.00.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50

Sally Zenas, Secretary
April 25, 2017

Favorite Tools Schoolhouse

Our meeting last night was demos in tools that our demonstrators have found useful in their quilting. Lots of great tools and ideas! Thanks to our demonstrators: Sally Zenas, Sue Schultz, Barb Bredemeier, Kathy Mueller, Nora Slikkers, Jodi Reidsma and Janet Haines, IMG_6787IMG_6785IMG_6788IMG_6792IMG_6795IMG_6797IMG_6798IMG_6800IMG_6801IMG_6803IMG_6805IMG_6807IMG_6808IMG_6809IMG_6810

Northern Indiana Quilt Shops

During a recent trip to Shipshewana I grabbed a current visitor’s booklet for my nephew. Typically my trips to Shipshe include the same quilt shops I frequent from Goshen to Middlebury to Shipshe.  Respectively, our stops begin with the most affordable quilting fabrics and notions, up to the highest.

As I studied the booklet, I concluded there are many shops I’ve never been to so I began compiling a list. Now I’m determined to stop at the new ones in the near future. Knowing many of my quilt guild friends head to Shipshe from time to time, I thought you might enjoy the list too. If you are feeling adventurous, keep the list handy, as there are so many shops within in a small radius. Plug into your GPS and have a great time! Here are the ones I located (as of this writing), in alphabetical order:

 Calico Point
24920 CR 40
Goshen, IN 46526

Janome dealer, low cost quilters cottons, notions, Amish clothing fabrics, general store

 Caroline’s Cottage Cottons
195 Weston St.
Rome city, IN 46784

Wools, repo’s, civil wars, 20-30’s, in a historic brick cottage 

 Emma Town Fabrics and Gifts
7785 w 300 S
Topeka, IN 46571

Quilting fabrics and supplies

 Gohn Brothers
105 S. Main St.
Middlebury, IN 46540

Low cost quilters cottons and supplies, wools, and general store

 Heartland Sewing
25630 County Road 30
Goshen, IN 46526

Bernina dealer, lowest cost quilters cotton fabrics, notions and supplies

 I Sell Fabrics
5520 N SR 5,
Shipshewana, IN 46565

Quilter’s cottons and supplies

 Lolly’s (Little bit o’ Lolly’s is now on main floor)
Davis Mercantile Building
255 E. Main St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565

Quilter’s cottons, batiks, reproductions, flannels, kits, notions, threads, books

 Pumpkinvine Quilting
500 Spring Valley Dr., Suite 3
Middlebury, IN 46540

Babylock dealer, quilters cottons, batiks, flannels, kits, notions

 Sew Creative Threads
2727 Emerson Dr.
Elkhart, IN 46514

Viking dealer, quilter’s cottons, notions, supplies

 Spector’s Store
305 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN  46565

Quilter’s cottons and notions, general store

 The Cotton Corner (behind Yoder’s)
350 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565

Bernina and APQS dealers, large selection of batiks, quilters cottons, threads, notions, supplies, patterns, long arm services

 The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus
240 US 20
Middlebury, IN. 46540
800-455-9471 ext. 300

Quilts, quilters cottons, kits, books, patterns

 Yoder’s Department Store
300 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565

Quilters cottons, batiks, reproductions, flannels, largest selection of solids (all brands) in the Midwest, apparel fabrics, kits, notions, books, general store

Have fun!

Barb Schippa

BRQG Meeting Reminder!

Our next guild meeting is Monday, April 24, at  Beechwood Church, 380 Douglas.  The meeting begins at 7:00.  There will be social time at 6:30 with refreshments.  Thank you to those who volunteered to bring snacks.
Our program for the evening will be presented by our own members demonstrating their favorite tools.  Come learn something new!
Don’t forget about our Facebook page.  It is available to post pictures, quilt information, or anything quilt related that members might be interested in.
Upcoming events:
May 22-Sew in
June 26-Sandy Klop will visit from California to talk about her American Girl fabric line.  There will also be a workshop.
July 24-Sew in
August 28-To be determined
September 18-Sew in with possible picnic and rummage sale
October 23-Linda Thiefoldt will be visiting from Troy for a lecture with trunk show.  There will also be a class on machine quilting.
November 26-Showing of the completed Round Robin quilts and a showing of Hoffman quilts.
December-No meeting