Archive | March 2018

2018 March 26 Sew-in Pictures

17 Members and one guest participated in our sew-in.   Some worked on their own projects, some helped other members, some worked on the supper bags  and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.  Here’s some scenes.20180326_19463920180326_19464820180326_19465720180326_19471020180326_194726

A nice selection of charity quilts brought in.


And about 80 bags decorated!


2018 March News & Sew-in Reminder

The National Day of Quilting event held on March 17, was a wonderful day of sewing and fun! Many thanks to Barb Schippa for organizing!! Thanks to everyone who helped with the day, donated prizes and attended!  You’ll find pictures on Facebook and on the web site.

Sew in is Monday, March 26th! Bring your projects, machines, handwork and join in!

Don’t have a project to work on? We have a completely optional service project for you! At the March sew-in we will also be set up to decorate supper bags for Kid’s Food Basket ( ).   Kid’s Food Basket is a West Michigan non-profit who’s mission is  ” Empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.”    You can visit the web site for more information but basically they serve 800 sack suppers per day to children in need at 5 schools in the Holland area.

The children love to have decorated bags so that is a fun and easy way to contribute. I’m told that the children often save the bags and hang them on their bedroom walls.
 A local church has provided the bags to decorate.  We can decorate by ironing on fabric scraps or by coloring. There will be some fabric with fusible attached provided but if you have any scraps with fusible, bring them! There will be a few irons set up to use. Bringing your crafty scissors will be helpful too. If you would rather color the bags, bring your favorite coloring tools (no paint please).   After the sew-in, the bags will be returned to the church that provided them with a note saying they were decorated by BRQG members!  The church will get them to Kids Food Basket for us.
Sample of bags decorated:

Coming soon…
April 23rd –  Come to learn all about making scrappy projects and different types of boarders (including prairie points).
May – Memorial Day – no meeting
 June 25th, 26th –   Sue Pawlowski of Jack Squares Studio. “No Work-All Play” trunk show and Oliver quilt class. Samples will be available at the March sew-in and April meeting.  You can also find a picture of Oliver at her web site in the pattern section. 
Sign up sheets will be available soon.

Other Quilty Events

April Chicago Bus Trips – Lighthouse Guild (go to their web site to inquire, ) and Smith Owen (Looks like Smith Owen is full now)
This entry was posted on March 20, 2018, in News, Sew ins.

National Quilting Day Retreat Saturday March 17


We had a wonderful time yesterday sharing our love for quilting.  Many sporting the green honoring St. Patrick’s day, we met new people, we quilted, we ate and laughed, played games, learned “the quiltmakers shuffle”, and won prizes ( more than $400 retail value). Everyone went home pretty tired….and some even got some work done on their projects. Here is a recap of the prize winners:

Miscellaneous Sewing Notions – Colleen Dekker

Timeless Treasures 4 Fat Quarters stacks – Barb Bredemeier, Ann Prins, Kris Kennedy, and Lauretta Burrows

Shabby Fabrics Easter Egg table runner kit – Janet Haines

Robert Kaufman batiks 12 Fat Quarters stack – Sonja Swanigan

Grand Prize tisket a tasket complete quilt kit, Fiskars easy action razor-sharp scissors,  WilliRaye Studio patchwork figurine, Riley Blake 4” polka dot magnetic pin bowl, 3.5” Thangles, Clover patchwork pins, Bigby coffee gift card – Betsy Muir

Thanks to Pat Navis, Jim Borgman and Beechwood church for facilities, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics Los Angeles and Timeless Treasures NYC  and individual contributors for their generous prizes.

Barb Schippa

BRQG Special Events Coordinator


2018 February 26 Meeting Show & Tell

The Challenge quilts were also displayed. Photos of them can be viewed on the Ultimate Guild Challenge page.

Show & Tell at the February meeting.   Be sure to get your tickets at the Tulip Time show for this beautiful raffle quilt!


Tulip Time Raffle Quilt – Colleen Deckker


Baby quilt


John Flynn class on cruise – made by Vicky Gray


Gloria Loughman class on cruise- made by Janet Haines, Barb Bredemeier


Tulip Time Raffle Quilt – Colleen Deckker


Gloria Loughman class on cruise – made by Janet Haines, Barb Bredemeier, Vicky Gray


Gloria Loughman class on cruise- made by Janet Haines, Barb Bredemeier


John Flynn class on cruise – made by Vicky Gray


Gloria Loughman class on cruise- made by Janet Haines, Barb Bredemeier

Below are charity quilts made by Colleen Deckker

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Here’s a view of the charity quilts table.


2018 February 26 General Meeting Minutes

FEBRUARY 26, 2018

Barb Bredemeier opened the meeting at 7:00.
Four new members and several guests were welcomed followed by the introduction of Sarah Howard, Refreshment Coordinator. Sarah will recruit refreshment volunteers before each meeting via email.

Barb Bredemeier asked members to contact any board member with new ideas for the annual Fall Fundraiser.
Barb Schippa encouraged members to participate in the National Quilting Day Retreat March 17. It will be a full day of quilting with lunch and fun activities included. To sign up see the guild website as we get closer to the date. The cartonnage class at the retreat has been cancelled.
Pat Navis announced that 13 new charity quilts were brought in tonight and kits are available. The Holland Police Department, Holland Outreach for Human Trafficking and Resthaven’s Alzheimer Unit are the grateful recipients.
Barb Sucher announced details for future meetings. March will be a Sew-In, April will be School House night with members teaching new techniques. Weeks Ringle is unable to come in June due to a scheduling conflict. Rescheduling her workshop and presentation is being worked on. Barb introduced Sue Cortese, guest lecturer for the evening.
Sue Cortese treated us to several of her quilts, both traditional and modern, and the story of the design process behind each of them. Her outstanding quilting, hand dyed fabrics and use of color and design, served as an inspiration to all present.
Following the refreshment break, eight completed Butterflies are Blooming challenge quilts were displayed by Barb Bredemeier, Janet Haines, Khris Kennedy, Betsy Muir, Cyndi Phillip, Kathy Ryzenga, Nora Slikkers and Barb Sucher. All were exquisite and the three favorites were made by Betsy, Janet and Barb B.
Barb B., Vicki Gray, Janet Haines and Sally Leep recently returned from a Panama Quilt Cruise and shared the fabulous quilt tops and wall hangings they made during their educational trip at sea.

Colleen Dekker showed the 2018 lovely Dutch themed blue and white Tulip Time raffle quilt. Tulip Time Quilt Show entry forms are available now and the deadline for entry is April 1, 2018.
Following door prize drawings, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Sally Zenas, Secretary