Archive | February 2018

Final call National Quilting Day Retreat

Don’t miss out on the fun! Be sure to send your registration in today.  All forms must be received by Tuesday March 6.

Then watch your in box for information about what to bring, lunch choices, etc. which will be sent shortly afterwards to attendees.

Hope you can join Saturday March 17!

Barb Schippa

BRQG Special Events Coordinator

February 2018 Updates

Pictures are not working well for me in the emails so if you don’t have them, check the blog and web site.

February Meeting Information
Quilters – Let’s Talk About Design!

Big Red Quilters’ Guild in Holland is welcoming special guest speaker Sue Cortese on Monday, February 26, 2018. Sue, a renown West Michigan quilter, fabric dyer, teacher, and quilt judge will be offering a lecture “Let’s Talk About Design.”  She will share how quilters employ the elements and principles of design in both traditional and art quilts.

Workshop Opportunity:  ½ Square Triangle Play

The Big Red Quilters’ Guild is offering a full day workshop Tuesday, February 27, 2018 featuring one of Sue Cortese’s popular class offerings.  Explore color and value while making a scrappy look quilt. Students will make their own striped fabric in class then will learn a simple technique for making half square triangles in any size.  Cost is $45 for non-members, $35 for members. The class registration form and supply information is available at

  • Ultimate Guild Challenge, Blooming Butterflies, quilts will be on display at the February meeting. You will be voting from 6:30-7 for the quilts that will be submitted for the AQS show. You will be asked to vote for 6 – the best visual punch and well made quilts.  Don’t miss your chance to vote!
  • Charity Quilts are needed.  All quilts that were made have been distributed. Bring any you have made to any meeting or sew-in. Contact Mary Botsis for more information.

Some Reminders: 

  • In case you haven’t looked recently, we will be adding local quilting related events to the Events page on the web site. So look there if you are looking for a quilt related activity.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by BRQG:

From our Special Events Coordinator – Barb Schippa
NATIONAL QUILTING DAY RETREAT, Saturday March 17, 2018…a full day of uninterrupted quilting with old friends and new….plus an optional short breakout class.

Retreat cost: $25 per person for members and/or guests. A perfect time to invite a quilting friend. The cost includes a day full of quilting time, your lunch, games and prizes.

When: Saturday, March 17 (Yes, St. Patrick’s day), 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Beechwood Church main building



Upcoming events not sponsored by our Guild but which may be of interest to you:

Bay Heritage Quilters Guild & Studio 23/The Arts Center present  30th Anniversary Quilt Show & Exhibit “A Sharing of Quilts XIV”

 April 6 & 7, 2018 at Studio 23/The Arts Center, 901 N Water St, Bay City, MI.  Hrs:  11 AM – 7 PM.  Quilts will remain on exhibit through May 18.  There will be an opening reception Thu, April 5, 5 – 7 PM and a quilt “Walk Through Lecture” Sat, April 28, 1 PM. Approximately 100 quilts on display, Springtime Fantasy raffle quilt, vendors, silent auction, and more!  Handicapped accessible; free admission.  View more on the website.

Smith-Owen IQF Bus Trip

Anyone interested in attending the INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL in Chicago on  Friday,  April 13,  Smith-Owen Quilt Shop is sponsoring a bus trip again this year. They have departure spots in Holland-Zeeland and Grand Rapids.

 For more information and on line registration:

Lighthouse Quilt Guild – Grand Haven, MI

March 12, 2018

Program:  Darla Parks – Color application and embellishments trunk show

Class:  Tuesday, March 13.  Color application class with kit.  Class will run 10-4 in the Wiltse Center.  Fee is $65 for members and $75 for non-members (fee include a $45 kit that will include everything you need for the class).

April 9, 2018

Program:  Elise Vredenburg – Lecture and trunk show on “Creating a Winning Quilt” based on her Hoffman Challenge winning quilts.

Class:  Round Island or White Shoal Lighthouse wall hanging.  Fee is $55 for members and $65 for non-members, which includes the $10 pattern.  Class will run 10 – 4 with a half-hour lunch on your own

Happy Quilting!

Membership Chair
Janet Haines

This entry was posted on February 20, 2018, in News.

Red &White quilts Hot Trends!

03A97D85-DD30-4B4B-A121-A02130A8214D.jpegRemember those beautiful red and white quilts we did as a challenge back in June 2016??  Well, we were ahead of the trend, or perhaps we established the trend. According to the latest issue of Elle Decor magazine (March 2018, page 34), Calvin Klein’s reintroducing the timeless classic of red and white quilts into his interiors.

Well, we quilters knew these would make lovely additions to our interiors, whether Calvin agreed or not. If you haven’t already, break out those red and white quilts and hang them on a ladder, or across your beds. And cherish all the work you put into those beauties!

Barb Schippa

BRQG Special Events Coordinator