March is….

Hello, All!  
Wow!  What are the chances…that the calendar kings would put my two favorite activities together in the same month???  March is National Reading Month AND National Quilting Month!  I hope that you’re enjoying a bit of both.  If you want to have a really big time, fix your favorite hot beverage, grab a quilt and curl up and catch up on a favorite quilting magazine or books…celebrate both months at the same time!
To that end, the Big Red Quilters’ Guild invites you to join us on the last day of this wonderful month, Wednesday, March 31, 7 pm (via Zoom), for the reveal party for the Great Free Fabric Challenge. It will be fun to see the creativity of the quilters who took up the challenge!  But more, it will be a chance for us to share a little time together and for us each to dip into the well of inspiration.  Stay tuned!  As the day draws near, we will follow up by email with the Zoom link information.
Until then there are a couple of days to celebrate!

  • St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17.  Always a favorite for this correspondent…😉  (Green is such a lovely color to work with!)
  • National Quilting Day, Saturday, March 20.  Maybe you can set aside some time for a few hours (or perhaps a day?) of quilting…in the comfort of your own home!   

Enjoy our bountiful sunshine and know that Spring cannot be far behind!  
All the best,
Bridget Morel

Membership Chair
Big Red Quilters’ Guild

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.  

Monday, March 27th meeting reminder

Don’t forget our program next Monday, March 27th

  • Features quilt artist Frieda Anderson from Elgin, IL!
  • You will most likely also get to see some results from the class that day.  PS. there is still one open spot! Email:
  • Learn more about the Ultimate Guild Challenge and sign up for that.
  • Learn about upcoming programs and sew-ins.
  • If you have an April or May birthday, sign up at the kitchen window to bring a treat April 24th.

6:30-7:00 PM Social Time and Refreshments
7:00 PM General meeting begins
Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland, MI 49424

If you signed up for our bus trip which was canceled and still want to go. There might still be room on Smith Owen’s bus. Check it out here:

Row-by-Row Round Robin Challenge sign up!

Summer days are long and warm and we love spending time outside. We may not spend as much time thinking about……quilting.  Soon our thoughts will move inside as the days shorten. You may begin looking for a fun quilting challenge to work on. Please join us for our next guild wide challenge……a round robin row by row wall size quilt.

Sign up deadline – Monday, August 22, 2016

Guild members will be organized in groups of 6.

You decide on your theme, colors, etc., and make the first strip, then passing it on with your guidelines and suggestions to the next person.

Each person will have 2 months to make a strip.

The final row will be returned October 23, 2017e form

Please click on the form link for more complete details, or contact Barb Bredemeier at

Barb Schippa                                                                                                                                                       Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary




And the winner is…..Red and White challenge finale!


President Pat Navis opened the meeting at 7:05 PM. She welcomed and recognized 8 guests and 1 new member, and read the Guild’s mission from the bi-laws, article II:

The Guild has been organized for the purposes of promoting an interest in and an appreciation of all quilting styles including traditional, modern and art quilt-making; sponsoring workshops, lectures, displays, projects and occasions for friends to meet for fellowship; and engaging in charitable efforts as voted on by the membership.

Pat apologized that the Charitable/Comfort Quilts project for the Police Dept. did not go to the members for a vote.  If you are interesting in making quilt tops they would like them no less than 40×60, preferring larger sizes to accommodate older teens, like a large lap or small twin range.  We will need machine quilters as well. The police will hand these out in high stress situations such as a house fire, or when domestic issues occur like someone being removed from the home.  Andrea Aumick, our committee chair, will announce the next cutting/piecing/binding time soon.


Pat announced the following:

A summer potluck picnic will be held in conjunction with our next sew in, Monday, July 25, 6:00-9:00 at the lodge. You are asked to sign up for a main dish or dessert, bring your own table service and beverage…..and of course, some sewing for later.  See Sally Leep, Membership chair for questions.

Officer election is coming up soon.  Barb Schippa and Vicky Gray 2 year board terms are ending in September, so we will need to find replacements for both. Barb Bredemeier is willing to take over finance for Vicky. We will need to fill the secretary position. If you have skills you’d like to share with the guild please let us know. We will begin vetting soon!

Barb Bredemeier, Vice President is organizing The Round Robin “row by row” challenge. Sign up is now underway. Examples were shown.  Barb noted they should be wall size quilts. Snow birds are encouraged to participate too.  See the website or Barb for more information.

Barb Schippa, Secretary, is organizing the Shipshewana Extravaganza bus trip, Saturday, October 22, 2016. The bus will leave Sam’s Club parking lot 8:00 AM sharp, return 7:00 PM. There will be plenty of time for fabric shopping at The Cotton Corner, Yoder’s, Lolly’s and Little bit of Lolly’s plus an Amish Threshers dinner on an Amish farm. We will enjoy a quilt trunk show by Amish quilt historian and author Rebecca Haarer. Registration forms can be found on the website, opening to the public July 1.

Before September 1 – Members $75/Nonmembers $85

After September 1 – Members $80/Nonmembers $90

*no refunds after July 1, you may resell or give your ticket away

Kathy Meuller, program chairperson, announced Ken Kutzle, antique quilt collector from Saugatuck will be our August speaker. October we will host Debbie Grifka, bold graphic quilt designer, author, and teacher. A workshop is planned as well. She can be found at For more information of these, see Kathy.

Great news! Janet Haines, our webmaster provided a demo of our new website going live this week Janet showed how to sign up as a follower so you’ll get automatic updates when something is added to the website. Take some time to familiarize yourself with all the information on the site, including bylaws, all events and challenges, bee listing, all forms, schedules, and our blog.  The old blog will be deactivated after this months posting.

Red and White Challenge Finale! – Barb Schippa and Barb Bredemeier

Barb Schippa opened, noting how excited everyone has been, anxious to see all the incredible work everyone has done. Several asked why we chose red and white as our first challenge. It began with the internationally acclaimed exhibit called “Infinite Variety” held in March 2011 at the Park Avenue Amory in NYC. The exhibit was a single private collection of 650 red and white quilts, spanning 300 years, collected/owned by one person, Joanna S. Rose. It was displayed in a first ever dramatic circular overhead way.  Shortly after AQS/Paducah featured a collection of red and whites, then IQF Houston followed with red and white quilts to honor their ‘Ruby Jubilee’.  And finally, we thought it would be a fun way to commemorate the newly created BRQG begun in 2014, with Big Red as our icon, celebrating our 2nd year.

Barb Bredemeier introduced NACQJ certified guest judge, Sue Cortese. Sue selected 4 winning quilts, and wish she could have had more ribbons. She thanked everyone for participating, and how important it is to enter shows whether this was your 100th or first quilt; otherwise there would be no show. Sue explained all factors considered when selecting a winning quilt, all within three minutes.  She will answer our questions after we vote. We were asked to vote for numbered quilts only, and then enjoy some refreshments while we certify the ballot count.


Pat Navis then announced Raffle drawing/winners, asking winners to help display the winners during show and tell.  Thanks to Sue Cortese for providing a raffle gift, a jelly roll of her hand dyed fabrics and selected threads available thru her website

Barb Bredemeier and Sue Cortese announced the winning quilts, each were brought up to the stage:

Large traditional – Sally Leep

Small traditional – Linda Chambers

Large modern – Kathy Ryzenga

Small modern – Barb Schippa

Viewer’s Choice – Barb Schippa


Quilters picked up the remaining quilts, including the vintage quilts for show and tell, and shared their inspiration story.

Pat thanked everyone and dismissed about 8:35 PM, asking for volunteers to tear down and clean up.

Barb Schippa







RED & WHITE CHALLENGE FINALE and winners announced

Big Red Quilter’s Guild general meeting

Beechwood Church,

6:30 social time, 7:00 start

Monday, June 27, 2016

All winners will be announced this evening.

Quilts will be ready for pick up at the end of the evening.

All Ann Loveless workshop participants are asked to bring their finished projects for show & tell Monday night.

Invite your grandchild, neighbor or friend to our evening event.  We look forward to seeing you there!




Saturday, October 22, 2016

Be sure to sign up at Monday’s program, before June 30 when the event is open to the public.

Come join us for a fun day filled with all things quilting!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilter’s Guild Secretary

Red & White Quilt Challenge June 27, 2016 evening program

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we announced the RED & WHITE QUILT CHALLENGE. Many of you are busy finishing your quilts and now we are only two weeks away from the unveiling! We can’t wait!

Quilts made within the challenge period (January 2015 thru May 2016) will be judged and awards announced at our June 27 program. Vintage or antique quilts made outside the challenge period can be entered for “show & tell” only and not considered for awards.


Quilt Delivery:

Between 10:00 AM and noon on Friday, June 24 or Saturday, June 25, 2016 to:

Barb Bredemeier

822 Pine Bay Ave.

Holland, MI 49424

616-212-6078 (Call Barb if you need to schedule a different delivery time.)

Program, winners announced and quilt pickup: Big Red Quilters Guild general meeting, Beechwood Church, Monday, June 27, 2016. Quilts will be picked up at the end of the evening.

Invite your grandchild, neighbor or friend to our evening event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


Row Quilt Round Robin coming soon

Our Red & White Challenge is almost over!  Are you ready for a new challenge?!!   How about a Row by Row Round Robin?  And we have 2 months to finish each row!  That gives us lots of time to complete each row.   Sign ups begin in August and the challenge will begin in October.   

Barb Bredemeier is the organizer/contact at:

  • Guild members will be organized in groups of 6.
  • Each participant will make a strip or row to start off her lap or wall sized quilt. (We suggest you make your initial row no longer than 48 inches.)
  • Each participant will assemble a box or bag of fabric which may be used in her quilt.
  • Each participant may include a special instruction sheet which could say something like, please use only the included fabrics, you may add any fabric you wish, please keep this a spring or Christmas theme, etc. If you like, you may include a journal in your box for each person who works on your quilt to write in.
  • Round Robin Quilt bags will be passed on to the next participant every other month.
  • Participants will have 2 months to add a row to their assigned quilt.
  • Contact Barb Bredemeier if you would like to participate.



2016-2017 Round Robin Schedule:

August 22        Deadline to sign up to participate in Round Robin

October 24      Receive Round Robin group assignments.  Begin making first row.

December       Pass bags on to participant #2 and make second row.

February 27     Pass bags on to participant #3 and make third row.

April 24           Pass bags on to participant #4 and make fourth row.

June 26            Pass bags on to participant #5 and make fifth row.

August 28        Pass bags on to final participant and make sixth row.

October 23      Return bag to original owner at guild meeting.



Happy Quilting!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary