Circular Abstractions exhibit returns

In case you missed the CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art last year, it returns to west Michigan beginning this Saturday, September 23, 2017 thru January 18, 2018 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, 314 S. Park St., in Kalamazoo.

Not our grandmas quilts, the curated collection by 24 artists focuses on quilt as fiber art using fabric as the medium. This bold exhibit of “Bull’s Eye Quilts” is a celebration of improvisational design and the skill of the artist, using the elements of art — pattern, color, design, composition, rhythm, value, and movement. Each quilt pushes the boundaries of quilt, fiber, craft and art. Whether you are a traditional, modern or art quilter, you will be awed by the bold color, striking design and incredible workmanship of this collection.

The traveling exhibit was curated by world renown quiltmaker and artist Nancy Crow.  A quilter for 40 years works from her studio and teaching facility on her 100-acre farm east of Columbus, Ohio, known to students as “the barn”.  Her intense master level classes fill a year in advance. Nancy has forged quilt making as art thru solo exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City; the Cultural Arts Museum, Konstanz, Germany; the Auckland Art Museum and the Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre, New Zealand; The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and Carnegie Mellon University’s Regina Miller Gouger Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA. She has taught quiltmaking in Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and South Africa. She is featured in two recent books: Nancy Crow , and a Synderman Gallery exhibition catalog titled Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures; and has authored several quilting books.

For more information:

Barb Schippa

BRQG member and blog contributor


Hi everyone!

Sale-A-Palooza is right around the corner, September 25.  This is a
FUNdraiser for our guild so that we can provide speakers and events
through the year.  So please clean out those closets, donate items,
and come out and enjoy the fun!  Please support your guild.

The agenda:
5:30 to 6:30 PM  Rummage sale
6:30 to 7:30 PM  Socialize, pay for rummage sale items
7:00 to 9:00 PM  Auction of bigger items
A bake sale will run concurrently thru out the night.

Just a sample of items that will be available:
Thread-rayon, polyester, cotton, embroidery
Rotary cutter
Light box
Fabric cutting turntable
Baby Lock-Intrigue embroidery machine
Homemade items

There will be a consignment table for more expensive items, with the
guild keeping 25% of the sale price.

Drop off locations:
Kathy Mueller      North side of Holland
Betsy Muir            Saugatuck
Sally Leep             Zeeland

We are in need of volunteers for this event for set up during the day
beginning at 8:00 in the morning the day of the sale at Beechwood
Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Road.   Volunteers are also needed for the
evening.  Please contact Kathy Mueller if you can volunteer.

From your membership chair,
Sally Leep

IQF Bus Trip Tickets are on sale now!


Attention all BRQG members! Happy New Year to you! Now that the guests have left and the parties are behind us, its time to think about quilting….and signing up for the International Quilt Show bus trip Saturday, April 8, 2017. Guild members get first priority to sign up before we open to other guilds and the public on February. So act now…don’t delay.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Depart – 7:00 AM EST (sharp) Holland Sam’s Club, 2190 North Park Drive, NE Parking Lot near Steak ‘n Shake, US 31 and James Street, Holland.   Show runs  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST.

Arrive – 10:00 AM CST (estimate) Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

Return – 10:00 PM EST – estimated

Sponsored by BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD (for more information go to –

Ticket cost $70.00 (per person)  includes transportation and show entrance. (Meals, shopping, incidentals are extra; ticket is transferable but non-refundable after January 30, 2017)

See EVENTS tab for PDF printable version, look for red text link – or – send bottom portion in with your check.



(Please print) Name______________________________________________________________



Mobile phone#(or home)_____________________________________________________

Emergency Contact Name and Phone #___________________________________


Mail check made out to BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD and a completed form for each person to:

Becky Stevens, BRQG Treasurer

4660 104th Ave.

Zeeland, MI  49464

Receipt #_____________ (to be completed by treasurer)Tickets


BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD is pleased to announce bus trip plans to attend the 2017 INTERNATION QUILT FESTIVAL at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Mark your calendars with these important dates:

November 28, 2016 – save the date announcement for Saturday April 8, 2017

January 1, 2017 – sign up begins for BRQG members (and guests)

February 1, 2017 – open to other guilds and the general public etc.

April 8, 2017 – International Quilt Festival

Ticket cost is $70.00 (per person, includes transportation and show entrance. Meals, shopping, incidentals are extra; ticket is transferable but non-refundable after January 30, 2017)

Depart – 7:00 AM EST (sharp) Holland Sam’s Club, 2190 North Park Drive, NE Parking Lot near Steak ‘n Shake, US 31 and James Street, Holland.   Show runs 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM CST.

Return – 10:00 PM EST – estimated

2016-November Meeting Update: Wool Applique

November Meeting: WOOL APPLIQUE
November 28, 2016, Beechwood Church Lodge, 6pm – 9pm

Learn from your fellow guild members the fun of working with wool. You will be provided with a pattern and wool to make a small project. You need to bring a small basic sewing kit: scissors, small pins (applique or the smallest you have) size 18 or 20 chenille needles (we will have some to borrow if you don’t have them), thimble and anything else you like to have while hand sewing. We will be demonstrating with perle cotton and wool threads. If you have some already, we would appreciate your bringing your own threads. Otherwise the teachers will supply your thread. You may also want to use embroidery thread if you are used to that.

Thirty-seven members signed up for a specific project at the October meeting. Until Monday October 31, you may still select a specific project by e-mailing Kathy Mueller at

Choices are: Project #1 a small strawberry pattern suitable for turning into a pincushion (5 spots left), project #2 a small picture of a bird and basket (3 spots left) project #3 St. Nick (3 spots left) and project 4 a penny rug candle mat. (class is filled but we will start a new table for guests and members who did not sign up.

Kits are free for members and $5.00 for guests. We will have enough kits for 8 tables of 8 students…or until our wool runs out.

Hope to see you there!

Autumn in Shipshewana

A timely departure, an easy-going drive, puffy cumulus clouds against a brilliant cobalt blue blue sky, warm orange pumpkins, golden corn stalks ready for harvest, quiet country roads, black horse-drawn buggies, a Thresher Dinner at a real Amish farm, an Amish quilt presentation by historian and author Rebecca Haarer, with ample time for shopping at Yoders, The Cotton Corner, Lollys and a Little Bit of Lollys……..spent with old friends and new…..equals a wonderful autumn day spent in northern Indiana Amish country.  If you went, you are still basking in the glow.  If you didn’t, you wish you had.


Looking for something to do October 22?

It’s not too late! There are a few seats left on the bus trip to Amish country. We have a fun day planned with time for shopping,  an Amish thresher dinner prepared and served at a real Amish farm, and a quilt trunk show and presentation by Amish historian and author Rebecca Haarer. Step back in time and enjoy the rolling northern Indiana landscape filled with fall harvests, horse and buggys on the roadway, and a slower pace of life, leaving the driving to someone else. For more information see the Shipshewanna Bus Trip registration forms under the FORMS & DOCUMENTS tab.

Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary

Stuff the bus and membership renewal reminders !

Two quick reminders:

  • STUFF THE BUS – There are still a few seats left on the bus to Shipshewana on Saturday, October 22nd. We’ve kept the price at $75 for Guild members and would love to have you join us! It should be a lovely day of shopping, great Amish food and a little history lesson about Amish quilts.
  • MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – It’s also that time of year when we need to collect your membership dues. For just $30 you can enjoy the benefits of another great year of highest quality speakers, some wonderful workshops, a “school house” style event and so much more! Remember, we can’t succeed without your continued support! For those who have already renewed, thank you!

See forms tab:

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary

Barb Schippa

Tick Tock Tick Tock…..time is running out!

Shipshewana Amish Extravaganza

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sponsored by:



TICK TOCK TICK TOCK….It’s not too late, but…. time is running out!


We have limited seating left so send your registration and check today.

The bus leaves 8:00 AM (sharp) from Holland Sam’s Club, US 31 and James Street, Holland

Returning 7:00 PM Saturday evening.

Tickets/registration (we are holding this price!):

Members $75/Nonmembers $85

(*Paid in full at registration, *nonrefundable after July 1)

Download a registration form on the website

Mail form and check made out to BIG RED QUILTERS GUILD Vicky Gray Treasurer:

Ticket includes:

  • Round trip transportation via B&W Charters
  • Shopping at Yoder’s, the Cotton Corner, Davis Mercantile/Lolly’s & Little bit of Lolly’s quilt shops, Rebecca Haarer Antiques & more
  • All-inclusive Family style Amish Thresher dinner (Ham and Chicken, tossed salad, homemade breads and spreads, buttered vegetables, mashed potatoes w/gravy, chicken dressing, noodles, choice of 3 pies, coffee and tea)
  • “Trunk show and presentation” by renown author/Amish Quilt Historian Rebecca Haarer