Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting
February 25, 2019, 7:00 pm at Beechwood Reformed Church
Barb Bredemeier, president, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. One guest was introduced.
Members were reminded that charity quilts for victims of human trafficking need to be at least 45” by 60”.
Beth Wright encouraged members to enter quilts in the Tulip Time Quilt Show. Registration forms should be sent to Colleen Dekker by April 1. Volunteers are needed to welcome guests to the show during the week of Tulip Time, so please sign up to work at least one or more of the designated shifts.
Barb Bredemeier noted that four of our board members’ terms will expire October 1. She encouraged members to consider volunteering to serve as a program chair (two people to work together would be good), membership chair, or vice-president.
Barb Sucher reviewed upcoming events for BRQG.
March 26, 27, and 28: Retreat is scheduled from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm at the S2 Tiara Yachts Corporate Center on Lake Macatawa. Members need to sign up by March 4 for one, two, or all three days at $40 per day; lunch and dinner are included each day. The registration form is online at the BRQG website.
Friday, April 19: Fabric dyeing workshop with Sue Cortese at Beechwood Lodge, 9 am to noon.
Monday, April 22: Schoolhouse meeting, refreshments at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm, guest fee $5.
Monday, June 24: Mary Hogan presentation, Adventures in String Quilting
Tuesday, June 25: Mary Hogan workshop, 9 am to 3 pm, Modern Churn Dash
Barb Sucher then introduced Kelly Kindt, owner of Pressing Matters Quilt Shop in Holland. Kelly discussed her dream of opening a quilt shop and how that dream came to be a reality on September 6, 2011, in a 750 square- foot shop on Lakewood Boulevard. She soon grew out of that space. She and her husband were then able to purchase a 2500 square-foot building on 32 nd Street near Highway 31, her current location, and opened there on January 6, 2014.
Kelly now has a long-arm quilting machine and offers open sew on Fridays as well as various classes and quilt groups. She also offers an annual retreat at Camp Geneva and other special events. Her shop has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Quilt Shops and was featured in the May 2017 Quilt Sampler magazine.
She discussed various quilting items her shop offers and showed several quilts she has created. In addition she donated six prizes for our evening’s drawing.
Barb Bredemeier noted that the refreshment sign-up, retreat sign-up and workshop sign-up sheets were on the table for members’ convenience.
Show and Tell included a wonderful variety of quilts made by members.
Meeting ended at 8:25 pm.