Archive | February 2021

A Message From our Membership Chair

Happy Friday to you all!  
Sending you the follow up information from a presentation offered earlier this week by the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon on research into quilts in the African American Tradition, specifically, the work of Rosie Lee Wilkins.  What I took away from the presentation was even bigger than this important topic, though, as the presenter, Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University professor and curator of the MSU Museum, Folk Arts and Quilt Studies, shared wonderful insights about the MSU museum, its collection, its practice of gathering and preserving quilts…I could go on and on.  Made me so very curious!

The Rosie Lee Wilkins exhibition will be available at the Lakeshore Museum Center through April 24,  You can look at the presentation on YouTube  Also take a look at the link below on a Hand Quilting program the museum is offering!

Whatever quilt-y things you’re doing on this wonderful, sunny day, I hope that you’re enjoying and celebrating our art!  (Great day for matching colors, don’t you think?)  I’m looking at my last pot of paperwhites exploding with fresh enthusiasm for the spring that is around the corner!

Thinking of you all…take good care,
Bridget Morel

This entry was posted on February 28, 2021, in News.

2021 Feb 15 – Meeting Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting
February 15, 2021, via Zoom

The Big Red Quilt Guild met at 7:00 p.m. on February 15, 2021, via Zoom. Twenty-eight members and
one guest were in attendance. Various members shared quilting projects they had made over the past
several months during our Covid-19 shutdown. Pictures of these projects can be viewed on the BRQG
website. What a lot of talent was evident in the quilts, table toppers, wall hangings, notebook covers,
pillow cases, wallets, table runners, and bags displayed by both our members and our guest Shelli
Sesock, who asked about putting eyes on her quilt of snowmen. Several members offered suggestions.

Seven members’ names were drawn for door prizes: Barb Bredemeier, Bridget Morel, Colleen Dekker,
Bobbie Vruggink, Kay Solsbury, Kim Frisch, and Kathy Ryzenga. Those who won need to contact Kris
Kennedy to arrange picking up their prizes.

Betsy Muir thanked everyone for participating in our program tonight. She also reminded us that Charity Quilt Day is February 20 and National Quilting Day is coming March 20. Wouldn’t It be great if
we would all create either small quilts for Project Linus or larger quilts for our other charities! Check the
BRQG website for sizes.

Our next meeting will be March 31 (April Fool’s Eve) when we will have our Challenge Project
Reveal/Show and Tell.

Meeting ended at 8:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2021 Mystery Challenge – Free Fabulous Fabric

Guild Members were offered an opportunity to participate in a Mystery Challenge! The sign up is over and we are awaiting the results to be shown on March 31st. To be made aware of our future Challenges be sure to sign up to be a member.  Here’s what the 2021 Mystery Challenge is all about.

We’re all trying to make the best of things (and as quilters, we’re good at that…) but perhaps your ideas and motivation need a little spark!  Well, we have just the thing—a Mystery Challenge!  

Free Fabric – No Fooling!
A fleet of fabric fairies are frantic to fill your fantasies with a flurry of free fun! 

** Sign up ended on January 17, 2021 to join this challenge.

** Fabric Fairies Flew around delivering the 1/2 yard of Fabulous Fabric between January 24- 26th. The fabric delivered was a lovely green, perfect for March projects!

** Participants may add fabric from their stash and create the quilty project of their choice: quilt, table runner, bag, wall hanging, table topper, … If a quilt is made, it doesn’t need to be quilted or bound but the top should be complete.

** Participants and Guild members will be invited to attend a Zoom call on April Fool’s Eve (March 31) for show and tell and a great culmination to National Quilting Month.  Interested in attending bu not a member? Email:

** The mystery fabric was free to participants but came with the commitment to follow through with a project. No fudging!

Nineteen spunky stitchers are forging forward with their fantastic family of fabric friends and will follow through to a fabulous finish.