Archive | October 2018

2018-22-Oct Show N Tell Pics

Here are some pictures from our members show-n-tell.  I didn’t get pics of everyone’s work. Sorry about that.  And, what a job taking pictures of moving quilts in low light! (so there is some blur). Thanks to all who participated!


These last ones are charity quilts. Talking about taking  giving to new heights! DSC04843DSC04844DSC04845

2018-22-October Meeting Minutes

Beechwood Church
October 22, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 by Barb Bredemeier, president.

Election of Officers: A motion was made and seconded to elect Lorelle Eberly to the position of Secretary and Kris Kennedy to the position of Treasurer for two-year terms beginning October 2018.  Motion passed unanimously.  Barb thanked outgoing secretary, Sally Zenas and outgoing treasurer, Becky Stevens.  Board members for the fiscal year October 2018 – September 2019 shall consist of:

President – Barb Bredemeier
Vice President – Betsy Muir
Secretary – Lorelle Eberly
Treasurer – Kris Kennedy
Program Co-Chairs – Kathy Ryzenga and Barb Sucher
Publicity – Carol Vinnedge
Membership and Website:  Janet Haines

Bee Organizational Meeting:  Barb Schippa, Bee Keeper in authentic garb, met prior to the meeting with members interested in forming small sewing Bees.  For further information contact Barb at 616-335-2771 or

Basket Drawing: To encourage early membership renewal, board members put together a gift basket of sewing items.  This year’s winner of the basket drawing is Kim Frisch.

Charity Quilts:  Barb Bredemeier encouraged members to donate quilts for local victims of human trafficking and showed several that were recently completed for this worthwhile community project.  Kits and fabric are available.  For more information contact Mary Botsis at 616-291-6383 or

Refreshments: Donated refreshments are always welcome and sign-up sheets are available at all meetings.

Fundraising Results: Betsy Muir thanked the membership for their generous support for the successful Boutique/Auction in September and Fall T-shirt/Hoodie sale.  Profit from the Boutique/Auction is just shy of $1,600 and the shirt sale netted $236. This money enables the guild to bring in interesting and inspiring quilters to Holland so they can share their quilting journey, style and methods.

Tulip Time Raffle Quilt Proceeds: Carol Vinnedge reported that this year the Tulip Time Committee has agreed to split the profits from the quilt raffle with BRQG and Living Threads in Zeeland.  Colleen Dekker and Sheryl Zylman have completed the Tulip Time 2019 raffle quilt and members are urged to volunteer to help with the 2019 quilt show.

Future Member Opportunities:  Kathy Ryzenga and Barb Sucher announced that we will be making holiday ornaments at the November 26 meeting.  A few supplies are needed, so consult the website. On February 25 members Barb Bredemeier and Janet Haines will lead a workshop on how to do tiled backgrounds. March will feature a three-day guild retreat, March 26, 27 & 28.  Mark your calendars now.

Guest Speaker: Barb Sucher introduced Lynn Harris from Chelsea, Michigan, who shared stories and her beautiful quilts as she encouraged us to “Do It for the Process”. Her class scheduled for October 23 is entitled “Liberated Log Cabins and Intuitive Techniques”.  Lynn’s most recent series of quilts are made to increase awareness and understanding of the pervasive problem of domestic abuse. She reminded us that quilts connect the past to the present and honor the beauty and artistry of the handmade.

Once again, we were “wowed” by the show and tell segment of the evening where several members shared their recent creations.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Sally Zenas, Secretary

BRQG meeting is Tonight

A friendly reminder that our meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, Oct 22!! Hope to see you there!
We have Lynn Harris’s program “Do it for the Process”, that you won’t want to miss.

Also happening just prior to the Guild meeting is a gathering of those interested in joining a Sewing Bee that meets regularly. Barb Schippa will be on hand at 6:30 to explain how the existing bee’s work and to help you organize into a new bee. Bring your questions!


Membership Chair

This entry was posted on October 22, 2018, in News.

October Meeting is next Monday


   Our October meeting is right around the corner.  Next Monday, Oct 22.   It’s election night & also time to renew your membership. We have Lynn Harris’s program “Do it for the Process”, that you won’t want to miss.
There is still room in the  Lynn Harris workshop,  Liberated Log Cabins and Intuitive Techniques.  This workshop will be held in the Beechwood Lodge on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lodge will be open at 8:30 AM for set up.   The sign-up and supply list is on the website. If you would like to sign up, please call or email:   Kathy Ryzenga,, 616-738-1560 OR Barb Sucher,, 248-505-2912 

Future events that you will want on your calendar are:
 November 26 – Hands on ornament making at Beechwood Church. Details will follow in a future email.
No meeting in December – Happy Holidays!
January 28 will be a sew-in at the Beechwood Lodge. 6:30 PM.
Feb 25th – Tiled background workshop with Janet Haines and Barbara Bredemeier ( They learned from Gloria Loughman) 9:30 am to 3 pm.
March is retreat week so there won’t be a sew-in.  Save the date! We’re having a retreat at the Tiara S2 Headquarters on Lake Macatawa, March 26-28.  This will be a sleep at home retreat. Learn more at the meeting on Monday and details will be sent out soon.
 Hope to see you Monday!
This entry was posted on October 17, 2018, in News.