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.
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.
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
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.
Lorelle Eberly, Secretary
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!
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 here. Note the entry form deadline of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Visit https://www.tuliptime.com 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!