Archive | May 2017

May 22 Sew-In

On Monday May 22 about twenty BRQG members gathered for a Sew-In at Beechwood Reformed Lodge.

Pat Navis reported that BRQG members have donated 40 quilts to the Holland Police Department and 10 have been distributed.  Both the police and recipients are very appreciative.  Pat asked for names of additional organizations that might benefit from donations of quilts.  Members will vote at the June meeting on which organization to adopt in addition to the Holland Police Department.

Kathy Mueller showed the Wagon Wheel quilt that will be taught by Sandy Klop on Tuesday June 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sandy will be the guest lecturer for the general meeting to be held on Monday June 26 at 7:00 pm.

Sue Fabiano has mastered the Appliquick technique for preparing hand applique shapes.  She kindly shared her knowledge with those who were interested in learning.

Betsy Muir is looking for Carolyn Friedlander Botanics fabric.  Please contact her if you have any leads (847-507-4305).

Next general meeting June 26.


Sally Zenas, Secretary

Why we quilt…..

Quilting friends, I bet you’ve read Lisa Boyer’s “That Dorky Homemade Look: Quilting Lessons from a Parallel Universe” before, but this is the first time I’ve seen it. Or remember seeing it. She shares 9 principles to making a dorky (as she calls it) quilt. I’m especially fond of 2 and 6. But 9 is good too….okay, I confess, they all work for me. I hope it brings a smile……and reminds us although our perfect show quilts are nice, seeing someone we love wrapped in our quilts is really why we do it.


Fed up with feeling like you can’t meet the standards of the Quilt Police? Do you want to quilt for comfort and pleasure and not to win some high-falutin’ quilting contest? Weary of worrying about what others will think of your color choice or your pieced points? Or your applique stitches? …

That Dorky Homemade Look is the quilting companion you’ve been wishing for. Lisa Boyer, a popular columnist for Quilting today magazine, gives you permission to quilt because you love it. She clears your path of all those merciless judgments pronounced by the Quilting Queens. She invites you to make quilts that are full of life.

This funny book offers these nine principles for the 20 million quilters in America.

1) Pretty fabric is not acceptable. Go right back to the quilt shop and exchange it for something you feel sorry for.

2) Realize that patterns and templates are only someone’s opinion and should be loosely translated. Personally, I’ve never thought much of a person who could only make a triangle with three sides.

3) When choosing a color plan for your quilt, keep in mind that the colors will fade after a hundred years or so. This being the case, you will need to start with really bright colors.

4) You should plan on cutting off about half your triangle or star points. Any more than that is showing off.

5) If you are doing appliqué, remember that bigger is dorkier. Flowers should be huge. Animals should possess really big eyes.

6) Throw away your seam ripper and repeat after me: “Oops. Oh, no one will notice.”

7) Plan on running out of border fabric when you are three-quarters of the way finished. Complete the remaining border with something else you have a lot of, preferably in an unrelated color family.

8) You should be able to quilt equally well in all directions. I had to really work on this one. It was difficult to make my forward stitching look as bad as my backward stitching, but closing my eyes helped.

9) When you have put your last stitch in the binding, you are still only half finished. Your quilt must now undergo a thorough conditioning. Give it to someone you love dearly-to drag around the house, wrap up in, spill something on, and wash and dry until it is properly lumpy.


Barb Schippa

BRQG member and blog contributor

Sandy Klop Class Information Correction

Tuesday, June 27-Sandy Klop of American Girl Fabric will present a program .  She will also hold a workshop with her Wagon Wheel paper pieced pattern. The cost of the workshop is $50 and the pattern is $9.  Contact Kathy Mueller at  for more information.  This should be a fun workshop.  There are a few openings left.

Sign up information is here.

Meeting Reminder

Hi Quilter friends,

Our next event is a Sew-in this Monday, May 22.  We will be meeting in The Lodge at  Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland from 6 to 9 PM.  Thanks to Sue Fabiano and Sally Leep for offering to bring snacks.  Bring hand or machine work or just come to visit and make new friends!   We would love to see you there!

What a fantastic meeting we had on April 24!  Our own members presented a program on favorite tools and techniques.  Seven members presented tips in just seven minute intervals.  Who knew that a toilet bowl brush was a necessary item in a sewing room?!  But thanks to Kathy Mueller we know that it will pick up wayward thread from your carpet.  No more tangles in the beater bar of your vacuum cleaner!

So many great tips!  Thanks to Sally Zenas for showing us how to make perfect circles, Barb Bredemeier for showing her “lap app” (lap desk) and many other tools, Janet Haines for sharing her Square in a Square ruler by Jodi Barrows, Sue Schultz for sharing her Stripology ruler by Creative Grid, Jody Rietsema for demonstrating her Go cutter, and Nora Slikkers for showing us her travel case and for donating one as a door prize.  And too many other tips and tools to count!

June 27-Sandy Klop of American Girl Fabric will present a program .  She will also hold a workshop with her Wagon Wheel paper pieced pattern. The cost of the workshop is $50 and the pattern is $9.  Contact Kathy Mueller at  for more information.  This should be a fun workshop.  There are a few openings left.

July 24-Sew in at The Lodge

August 28-Tim Latimer will present the program

September 25-Rummage and bake sale at Beechwood Church.  This is a great opportunity to donate fabric and quilting related items and to shop for items you didn’t know you need!  And who doesn’t like baked goods?!!

October 23-Linda Thiefoldt will present a trunk show and also have a workshop on machine quilting

November 26-0ur members will show their completed Row Robin quilts.  So excited to see them after seeing bits and pieces.

December-No meeting

Don’t forget to check out our website, for more information.  Also check out our Facebook page at!/groups/988849431132488

Sally Leep