Archive | September 2017

September Meeting Results

Big Red Quilters’ Guild General Meeting


September 25, 2017

The general meeting consisted of a rummage sale, bake sale and auction that was open to the public.
Kathy Mueller and her team and auctioneers Kris Kennedy and Betsy Muir, did an outstanding job. It
was a huge job and a lot of fun. Thanks to all who donated items, worked, baked and purchased. The
guild netted over $1500 as a result of the efforts of many. Thank you all!
Sally Zenas,

October 24th Machine Quilting Class Update

Only six spots left in the machine quilting class with Linda Thiefoldt!
This is a great time to brush upon those skills or learn new ones before
you begin all your holiday projects. The class will be Tuesday, October
24 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. More information is already posted on
this site. You may sign up at the beginning of the sale on Monday night
or by contacting Kathy Mueller at 616-399- 4685 or
After October 1, this class is open to nonmembers so don’t wait too

Sale-A-Palooza location changed to Main Church Great Room.

In case you haven’t heard, the location of the Sale-A-Palooza has changed to the  Great Room in the main  Church building .  Lot’s of goodies are rolling in.   You don’t have to be a member to attend our sale  and it’s free entry for everyone.  See you at 5:30!

And don’t forget to bring your membership form and payment to be entered in the  very, very special gift basket drawing!


2017 Sale-A-Palooza on MONDAY!

Are you ready for the Sale-A-Palooza??  We have some spectacular items coming in. Keep reading to see pictures of some of our items.

It’s almost time!  We hope you are getting your sewing rooms cleaned out or revving up the oven and plan to drop off your goodies, early on Monday morning Sept 25th at the Beechwood Church  Great Room in the main church, 895 Ottawa Beach Road.  Doors open at 8 AM for drop-offs.   If you can stay and volunteer some time that would be appreciated as well.

Please have items neatly packaged and priced. Make sure  volunteers know if it’s a consignment item (25% goes to the guild) vs. rummage sale item (100% to the guild). Auction items will be determined by the program committee from the rummage sale items.

The agenda:
5:30 to 6:30 PM  Rummage sale
6:30 to 7:30 PM  Socialize, pay for rummage sale items
7:00 to 9:00 PM  Auction of bigger items
The bake sale will run concurrently thru out the night.   Consider baking cookies, bars, bread or pies for our bake sale.  Package them up creatively so they could be frozen, used as gifts or deliciously devoured.  Please bundle cookies or bars into groups of a dozen or less, depending on size.  Drop baked goods off at the Beechwood Church Lodge the morning of September 25.

If you need to drop off items earlier here’s the locations:

Kathy Mueller   616-399-4685    North side of Holland
Betsy Muir         847-507-4305     Saugatuck
Sally Leep          616-772-2041     Zeeland

Don’t forget to come back at 5:30 to shop some of these wonderful items and help your guild at the same time!

Circular Abstractions exhibit returns

In case you missed the CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art last year, it returns to west Michigan beginning this Saturday, September 23, 2017 thru January 18, 2018 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, 314 S. Park St., in Kalamazoo.

Not our grandmas quilts, the curated collection by 24 artists focuses on quilt as fiber art using fabric as the medium. This bold exhibit of “Bull’s Eye Quilts” is a celebration of improvisational design and the skill of the artist, using the elements of art — pattern, color, design, composition, rhythm, value, and movement. Each quilt pushes the boundaries of quilt, fiber, craft and art. Whether you are a traditional, modern or art quilter, you will be awed by the bold color, striking design and incredible workmanship of this collection.

The traveling exhibit was curated by world renown quiltmaker and artist Nancy Crow.  A quilter for 40 years works from her studio and teaching facility on her 100-acre farm east of Columbus, Ohio, known to students as “the barn”.  Her intense master level classes fill a year in advance. Nancy has forged quilt making as art thru solo exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; the Cultural Arts Museum, Konstanz, Germany; the Auckland Art Museum and the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre, New Zealand; The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Miller Gouger Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA. She has taught quiltmaking in Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and South Africa. She is featured in two recent books: Nancy Crow , and a Synderman Gallery exhibition catalog titled Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures; and has authored several quilting books.

For more information:

Barb Schippa

BRQG member and blog contributor

August 28, 2017 Meeting Photos

Thanks to Mary Smallegan, owner of Custom Quilts Unlimited, 6184 Quilters Court in Fenville, MI for a wonderful presentation about quilting items she recommends for ease in quilting, good advice on needle sizes, batting choices and even items that can help avoid a backache.  She also brought some of her quilts to show us.

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We also had some great show and tell quilts.

Sally Leep’s quilt, held up by Pat.


Pat Navis’ Quilts. (click on the quilt for a larger view)

And Janet Haines’ quilts.


Hi everyone!

Sale-A-Palooza is right around the corner, September 25.  This is a
FUNdraiser for our guild so that we can provide speakers and events
through the year.  So please clean out those closets, donate items,
and come out and enjoy the fun!  Please support your guild.

The agenda:
5:30 to 6:30 PM  Rummage sale
6:30 to 7:30 PM  Socialize, pay for rummage sale items
7:00 to 9:00 PM  Auction of bigger items
A bake sale will run concurrently thru out the night.

Just a sample of items that will be available:
Thread-rayon, polyester, cotton, embroidery
Rotary cutter
Light box
Fabric cutting turntable
Baby Lock-Intrigue embroidery machine
Homemade items

There will be a consignment table for more expensive items, with the
guild keeping 25% of the sale price.

Drop off locations:
Kathy Mueller      North side of Holland
Betsy Muir            Saugatuck
Sally Leep             Zeeland

We are in need of volunteers for this event for set up during the day
beginning at 8:00 in the morning the day of the sale at Beechwood
Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Road.   Volunteers are also needed for the
evening.  Please contact Kathy Mueller if you can volunteer.

From your membership chair,
Sally Leep

Coopersville Quilt Show

Coopersville Farm Museum is having a quilt show!  You can find more information and coopersvilledirections (click on About Us) at their web site.  It’s about 30 miles from Holland.  It’s a really small show but very nicely displayed with new and vintage quilts and other quilted items arranged within the farm exhibits.  They have challenge quilts you can vote on, a kit you can purchase for next years challenge, a small gift shop and a table of quilt related garage sale type freebies.  As you can see from photo’s on their web site, it’s a great place for children and grandchildren!



Monday, Aug 28, 2017 Meeting Minutes

AUGUST 28, 2017

President Pat Navis opened the meeting at 7:00 pm at Beechwood Church. Opening
announcements included: 1) Those with September and October birthdays were asked to bring treats on their birthday months. 2) Elections will be held in October and there is still a need for someone to be Program Chair or serve on the Program committee and one or two people to be refreshment coordinators. 3) Memberships paid before October 1 will be eligible for a drawing to be held at the October meeting. The winner will receive a basket of lovely sewing items.
Chris Kennedy and Betsy Muir presented an original promotional skit for the September
meeting which will consist of a Bake Sale, Rummage Sale and Auction. This fun event will
henceforth be referred to as the Sale-A- Palooza. If Chris and Betsy tire of quilting, they
certainly have a future in live theater!
The September 25 meeting will be held at Beechwood Church Lodge. Guests are welcome.
Donated items for the Sale-A- Palooza may be brought to the lodge beginning at 8:00 am the day of the sale. Early drop-offs may be made at Kathy Mueller’s (Holland), Betsy Muir’s (Saugatuck) or Sally Leep’s (Zeeland). There will be a consignment table for more expensive items, with the guild keeping 25% of the sale price. The schedule for the meeting is:
5:30 – 6:30 Sale-A- Palooza
6:30 – 7:00 Social Time
7:00 — Auction
Social Chair, Kathy Mueller made a request for volunteers to work various jobs the day of the sale. If you are willing to volunteer, please call her at 616-399- 4685.
Kathy also reminded members of the Machine Quilting class and lecture by Linda Theiboldt from Troy, Michigan which will be in October. There is still space in the class and sign-up can be done on the guild website.

Mary Smallegan, owner of Custom Quilts Unlimited in Fennville, graciously came to our rescue at the last minute when the previously scheduled presenter cancelled due to illness. A BIG THANK YOU TO MARY! Mary’s informative presentation was entitled “My Favorite Things”. She shared many items available in her shop that are quilter’s essentials, time savers, new products, as well as some of her own beautiful quilts. Mary hinted at some big changes coming to her shop beginning in January 2018.

The evening concluded at 8:30 pm with a drawing for an Edyta Sitar book, bobbin clips and fat quarters, all donated by Custom Quilts Unlimited.
Suggested follow-up to an enjoyable meeting: Road trip from Holland to Fennville.
Looking forward to the Sale-A- Palooza in September!

Sally Zenas, Secretary

Happy National Sewing Month

Did you know September is national sewing month? Being a quilter, you likely didn’t. Every time I mention I’m sewing, or I plan to sew….a close quilty friend reminds me “I don’t sew”.  But she really does. She has a sewing machine (or 2 or 3, maybe 4….enough to have a little sewing school in her sewing room with her grand daughters), she has sewing notions, and sewing tools, well, you see my point.

All quilters have basic sewing skills in order to quilt. Perhaps we learned to sew in middle school or 4H as my great-niece just did.  We probably made dish towels or maybe an apron. Maybe we tackled a zipper or buttons, or made doll clothes or a superman cape for our dog. Some of us stored our mothers featherweights in our closet. Maybe we didn’t warm up to the idea of sewing until we saw that first quilt that drew us in like a mosquito to a bug zapper.  You remember the moment….the shaft of light coming from the heavens illuminating that first pieced quilt with beautiful design and colorful fabrics? At that moment your life changed forever. You raced home, flew into the attic through the boxes and dust to find that old sewing machine.  You located your sewing box (no, we don’t call it our quilting box) and got to work.

Sew……since it’s national sewing month, maybe we can give our humble sewing beginnings some respect. Even if you haven’t sewn a thing…..other than a quilt, since.  Anything that lets me celebrate the idea of sewing and friendships that have grown from it is great by me!

To learn more, like tips to buy a machine…….

BRQG member and blog contributor,

Barb Schippa