Archive | October 2020

2020 Oct 19 Zoom Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Zoom Meeting
October 19, 2020

Betsy Muir, president, opened the meeting at 7:00 with a big welcome to all 24 Zoom participants plus those who were presenting. She reminded us that our September meeting focused on scrappy designs, and our October program would continue that scrappy theme.

Betsy introduced Kris Kennedy who presented a scrappy pumpkin block made up of 5 x 5 (a total of 25) 2 ½” squares of various orange fabrics. Kris noted it is easier to center the green pumpkin stem if using an odd number of squares. Each of the four corners of the pumpkin uses a half-square triangle piece, and the stem uses two half-square triangles. Easy and cute! Kris also indicated she uses thin cutting mats from Dollar Tree for her templates.

Betsy then showed us two small pieces she made from a pattern she found at Pressing Matters: a Boo piece in black and white, using a white cursive script for “Boo” and a button-eyed white ghost on a black background, and an orange “Eek” in cursive also on black. Instead of using a sleeve for hanging, she had made two corners from a diagonally folded 5 ½” square sewn into the binding, and then had inserted a dowel rod for hanging. The 5 ½” squares gave good support at the top.

Kris demonstrated various styles of napkin rings made from a pattern she found on sewinginnomansland and then modified. She cut two pieces of fabric 11” x 3 ½” and backed them with two pieces of fusible interfacing 10” x 2 ½”, turned in the ends and clipped the corners. She then fused or glued the two pieces together down the middle and top stitched all around, turning it into the size desired. Kris took a 20” ribbon or piece of twill tape, folded it in half and looped it over a button she had sewn on the ring.
These could be as formal or informal as wanted to fit your decor.

Betsy found a coaster pattern in the autumn 2020 issue of Quilters’ World. First, cut a hexagon from fabric and a backing hexagon 1 ½” larger. Place the smaller top fabric on a hexagon of batting the same size and then onto the wrong side of the backing fabric. Fold the backing edges over twice on each hexagon side in sequence to form a binding and stitch it in place. Voila, a new coaster!

Betsy then demonstrated making candy corn treat bags she found on craftyforhome.com. Cut one 4 ½” x 4” piece from yellow felt, two 4 ½” x 2” pieces from orange felt, and two 4 ½” x 2” from white felt.
Overlap the longer 4 ½” edges and stitch them together starting with white, then orange, then yellow, orange, and white. Turn it into a bag by folding the 4 ½” pieces in half, piercing four small holes ¾” apart in the top for the ribbon to make a drawstring to close the bag. Each side will form a small pleat. It is a small bag, just big enough to hold a few pieces of candy. What a great favor to have at each place at the table!

Betsy suggested that participants send pictures of their projects to Janet Haines to post on the BRQG website.

Betsy then interviewed Carole McLean about her work with Quilts of Valor. Carole has been making these red, white, and blue quilts for veterans for more than two years. This year she has made twelve thus far and has probably made more than thirty total by now. Carole showed some 40” x 54” quilts with flannel backs for use by people in wheelchairs. The flannel keeps the quilt from slipping off the lap. Several of her quilts were panels that Carole surrounded with various block and border designs. One

she used the Every Other Block of the Month challenge blocks to create an interesting design around a panel. Carole showed larger Quilts of Valor also. In December she will gift her Quilts of Valor to the veterans’ home in Byron Center. She will willingly take contributions of red, white, and blue fabric to
make more quilts.

Betsy thanked Carole for her beautiful work with this meaningful project for our veterans.

In early November the BRQG board will deliver kits to the homes of BRQG members who want to participate in this Make-and-Keep project. Please let Carole McLean know if you are interested in having a kit delivered to your home. Bridget Morel will be sending an email message with Carole’s
email address.

Betsy ended the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 Oct 14 – Show n Tell Quilts

Thanks to Ann P for taking these photos!

2020 Oct 14 – Meeting minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild
October 14, 2020

Betsy Muir, president, opened the October 14, 2020, BRQG meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Tiara Yachts. One visitor, Terri Bruch, and twenty members brought chairs and wore masks for the opportunity to get together in person. Karen Keip reported that we now have 53 paid members. Nancy Miller won the wonderful basket of quilting supplies in a drawing from among the names of those who had paid their 2020-21 dues.


Betsy asked if anyone had questions or comments about the minutes of the September 21, 2020, meeting that were posted on the BRQG website. No one did.

Betsy noted that our next meeting, October 20, will be a Zoom meeting. All dues-paying members will receive an email invitation.

Kris Kennedy displayed the finished Village quilt made by many BRQG members; it will be donated to a local charity for their fund-raising activities.

Kathy Ryzenga is accepting charity quilts. Five members showed and donated ten charity quilts of various sizes at tonight’s meeting.

Betsy reported that the three board members whose terms end this year have volunteered to stay on for another two-year term: Karen Keip, treasurer; Carol Vinnedge, publicity; and Lorelle Eberly, secretary. Betsy called for any additional nominations from the group; hearing none, she asked for a vote on the three positions. They were elected for a second two-year term. Betsy distributed bags of chocolate kisses to the three members who will serve another term on the board.

Our October 20 meeting’s program is Quilts of Valor with Carole McLean. Betsy also asked that members have squares of white, yellow, and orange felt, and a piece of ¼” ribbon for the Make-and-Give-It project.
The November 16 Zoom meeting will include a Make-It-and-Keep-It project, this time a delivered-to-you-personally-at-your-home kit. Each member who wishes to participate needs to contact Carole McLean by November 1 to request a kit.

Members who had completed the Every Other Block of the Month project showed their quilts; several six or nine block wall hangings, a table runner, and a full size bed quilt demonstrated the various talents of our members. A drawing was held for prizes for those who brought their EOBoM projects.

Almost every member present showed one project completed since our last in-person meeting. Many small and large quilts were displayed. Thus we had our own quilt show!

Finally, an outdoor prize drawing was held. Many members won prizes!

The meeting ended at 7:03 p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Lorelle Eberly