Archive | February 2020

2020 February 18 – Meeting show n tell

Our meeting concluded with show n tell and a showing of charity quilts.  Several members brought in quilts.


Bridget’s Jane Sassaman design from last fall’s workshop.


Another design from a scrappy workshop.


A practice orphan piece from Vicky Gray that Bridget completed.


Kris’ Maple Leaf quilt.  Unique in that it was completed in record time, which purchase of fabric and pattern in mid-to-late January and quilted in time for this meeting! 


Anne’s Linus quilt made from an adorable panel.


A charity quilt top made by Deb from a friend’s practice squares! Those orphan blocks can be put to good use and look great together!


Another Charity quilt made from practice squares.  Great job, Deb!

And that concludes our February meeting pictures.  Hope to see you at the next meeting!

2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part Three

Sally Leep was our third presenter in the “Artists Among Us” program. She is very precise and works with great details. Perfection is her mantra.


A baby quilt inspired by an Aunt’s quilt made with polyester/cotton blend.


A baby quilt made for her son Billie – he received this quilt when he was 32! Congrats to Sally for a finish, even if it was a tad late! 


Mrs. Lincoln’s quilt made as a challenge with her Paducah friends.


Jacob’s Garden 


The back of the next quilt. Even the backs get attention sometimes!


The smaller quilt was made with the scraps cut off of all the corners of the larger quilt! No scrap gets away!


Above the Tree Line quilt – tiny 1 inch squares.


A Kim Diehl design made by Sally to celebrate her retirement after 35 years at Herman Miller.


Bright Light – made with a cake walk plus cake layer cuts of fabric from Paducha. 


And of course a quilt from the scraps of Bright Light!


My Long Winter.  Gorgeous quilt!


Katelyn’s doll quilt


Tiled background quilt made at the BRQG class last year. 


Sally loves christmas quilts! She has made one for each of her grandchildren. Unbelievable applique!


Another of Sally’s Christmas quilts.  She said this was the most challenging she has ever done. I believe it! The picture just doesn’t do it justice. 

2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part Two

The second presenter in our “Artists Among Us” series was Carmen Smith.  She loves the process but not the finishing! She works fast and is creative. She likes to keep it fun!


An itty bitty – she loves traditional quilts and Civil War prints!


Carmen has 700 spools of thread – you never know what color you are going to need and what if the fabric stores are closed?? So she bought this panel to try out some of her thread collection!! Lovely!!


Her Hat Ladies quilt designed and drawn by her! Her late sister is memorialized in this quilt. 


She decided to try paper piecing and this colorful quilt is the result. Sewn at last year’s March Guild Retreat.  


Urban Owls Quilt! This beauty is so visually interesting. Urban Owls is out of Texas. 


Her design with Jesus knocking on her door.  She used a photo representing Jesus from the internet and printed it on fabrick for the center of her quilt. 


2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part One

The program was ‘The Artists Among Us’.  We heard from three of our members. Lorelle Eberly was our first presenter.   Thanks to Ann P for keeping track of information about each quilt.  I am going to borrow her words for some of this post and a couple of pictures!


Lorelle’s Aunt Helen’s quilt that she purchased at the estate auction – hand pieced and hand quilted.  


Her Grandmother Bertha’s Dresden Plate.


A quilt made by Lorelle’s mother for their church. She used a design from a stained glass window to create this original design. This quilt was always on display at Easter. 


Golden Wedding Ring quilt made by Lorelle’s mother  for Lorelle. 


A quilt Lorelle made for one of  her granddaughters.


Another quilt made for a granddaughter.


Yet another quilt made for another granddaughter. 


Birds for grandchildren, small wall hangings.


Christmas table toppers

2020 February 17 meeting minutes

BRQG Meeting February 17, 2020

Kris Kennedy opened the Big Red Quilt Guild meeting at Beechwood Church on February 17. 2020, at
7:03 p.m. She encouraged members to consider becoming a part of the BRQG board and explained how
well the board members work together.
She introduced a guest, Lise Topp, and then had a drawing for those who had brought their Block of the
Every Other Month. Lorelle Eberly won the packet of fat quarters with a pattern enclosed.
Colleen Decker announced she had Tulip Time Quilt Show entry forms and noted that the form has been
revised. Those entering a quilt need to sign the back of the form, place a value on the quilt, and be sure
to answer all the questions. Those who wish to sell their quilts need to add 40% to the price, as that is
the commission Tulip Time will require. Colleen also asked for volunteers to sign up to work at the Tulip
Time Quilt Show.
Kris thanked those who brought refreshments and reminded the group of the upcoming programs:
March 23 – Deborah Richmond
March 24-26 – BRQG Retreat – Final Payment due by March 1.
April 20 – School House
April 28 – Tiled-Background workshop
May 18 – Airing of the Quilts
Kathy Ryzenga shared information about our charity quilts. A total of 35 have been given to Project
Linus. One was donated to the Beechwood Church Youth Group for a fundraiser, and one was given to
Barb Bredemeier for a charity function. Kathy noted that Victoria from the Manasseh Project was
grateful for the quilts donated to the victims of sex trafficking. She had a precut kit for a charity quilt
which a member volunteered to take and make.
Kris introduced the program The Artists among Us. She explained that Carol Vinnedge’s husband is in
the hospital, so Carol could not be with us tonight. She introduced Lorelle Eberly, who showed several
family quilts as well as three she had made for her granddaughters. Carmen Smith showed several quilts
she had created using a variety of techniques, which she discussed, such as thread painting, fusible web,
paper piecing, and other designing processes. Sally Leep showed a wide variety of quilts demonstrating
her use of needle-turn applique, scrap triangles left from larger pieces, a doll quilt, and various
Christmas quilts.
Kris thanked the three presenters and reminded the members of the signups at the program table.
After a brief break for refreshments, a drawing for several door prizes was held. Several members
participated in Show and Tell. Kris asked members to drive carefully as they went home on this snowy
night. The meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly, Secretary

Monday, February 17 meeting reminder

Greetings, Fellow Lovers-of-Quilts!  ❤

We know that this week is all about Valentine’s Day ❤, but we hope that you are making plans for next week, specifically for Monday, February 17! 
  • Our next Big Red Quilters Guild meeting, is scheduled for next Monday, February 17, 2020, in the Beechwood Church Great Room at 6:30 pm for refreshments, followed by the first installment in our program series, “The Artists Among Us”.  The Big Red Quilters Guild has a plethora of talented members who have made so many remarkable quilts!  At our February meeting, we will feature several of these artists and their work!
  • You will not want to miss these programs!  Not only will we learn more about fellow members and their quilting history, we’ll get a view into their creative process, what they like most and least about the quilt-making process and an up-close view of pieces they would like to share most!
  • In case that’s not enough of an incentive, the door prizes for “Artists Among Us” nights will increase as we celebrate the talent in our Guild!
  • Block of Every Other Month Guild Challenge.  The next block is due at the February 17 meeting.  Don’t forget to bring your completed blocks to the Meeting for the drawing!  Website link is: which will have the link to the Moda block posted shortly after each meeting. 
Upcoming events:
Tulip Time Quilt Show.  You can find the Tulip Time brochure outlining the 2020 Tulip Time Quilt Show Guidelines, including the 2020 Quilt Entry Form hereNote the entry form deadline of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Visit for more information about all things Tulip Time!
March meeting information – On Monday, March 23, we will meet in the Great Room at Beechwood Church for a program featuring Deborah Richmond, with a lecture, “Best Quilters’ Tools and Gadgets”.  Deborah runs the Quilted Turtle online quilt shop, personally testing and approving each product included in the shop, relying on her 30 years of quilting experience to share tools designed to make your quilting easier and faster!  This program should be a thought starter as we all try to make the most of every quilting moment!
BRQG Quilt Retreat info, March 24-26. – The Guild retreat will be held at Tiara Yachts Corporate Center March 24-26, 2020.  At this point, the retreat is full, and participants are looking forward to this time of getting to know each other better and quilting productivity!
BRQG Schoolhouse, April 20.  The perennially popular Schoolhouse program returns when we meet at Beechwood Church’s Great Room.  Watch as fellow members demonstrate techniques, learn how they use that knowledge and gain creative ideas to use at home!
Tiled Backgrounds Workshop, April 28.  Spaces are available!  We will have registration available for the class, “Tiled Backgrounds Gloria Loughman Style”  scheduled for April 28, 10-4 pm.  Barb Bredemeier and Janet Haines will lead this workshop.  For more informationvisit
Inclement weather reminder – If West Ottawa schools are closed for inclement weather during the winter months, all activities at Beechwood Church are cancelled.
Hoping life is keeping you in stitches!
This entry was posted on February 13, 2020, in News.