Meeting Reminder and News

There will be a special Sew Day on August 22nd from 9-4 at the Beechwood Lodge to make book pockets for chair backs. Here’s the scoop if you’d like to help out…  Did you see the recent news about Holland Language Academy having to move buildings? The teachers had to leave everything in the old building and are moving for a whole year!!   They need book pockets for the back of the chairs in the classrooms. So far there are 4 teachers that want them – ~ 26 students per class.  And there could be more!  Stretchy fabric will be provided. Here’s a picture of what they look like.

Our Guild meeting is Monday, August 26th! The Jane Sassaman workshop is full.  Please do still attend on Monday evening and hear her talk: Jane’s Textile Treasure Garden.  Arrive at 6:30, meeting starts at 7.  We will be meeting in the Beechwood Church Sanctuary – there will be signs and greeters to direct you!

Hard to believe it’s almost time for another round of renewals! But it is since our year runs from Oct 1 to Sept 30th. Check out the well appointed, very quilty and patriotic basket that has been put together as an incentive for you to join/renew before Oct 1.  Bring your cash or check made out to Big Red Quilters’ Guild to the August meeting or mail it in later – Just be sure it’s postmarked Sept 30th to be eligible for the basket!

A fun new Block of the Every Other Month Guild Challenge will be starting up at the August meeting!  The info will be passed at the meeting and will be on the website soon.
Future Programs and Sew-Ins:
The September 23rd Sew-In will be focused on charity quilts. Bring your sewing machine if you would like to sew one or your cutting tools to cut kits.

October 28th is  Lecture by Nancy Clark McNally titled: What was I thinking?  Workshop: Tuesday Oct 29th – Nancy will teach Machine Quilting with Rulers using your home machine. Sign up will be at the August meeting and on the web site soon!

November 25th  Sew-In will feature a Wool Applique Project led by Jackie Bailey.  We also think it would be fun if everyone attending would bring some finger food to share!

There will be no meeting in December.

An Event you might be interested in:
The Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild presents ‘Inspire Me!’ Quilt show.  Saturday, Oct 19th (10am – 5pm) and Sunday, Oct 20th (11am – 4pm) Admission $5. Location: Ballard Elementary School, 1601 W. Chicago Road, Niles, MI 49120. They promise Vendors, Boutique, Raffle Quilt, Refreshments, Silent Auction, 100+ Quilts on Display.


Some BRQG news

Making a Difference:  It has come to my attention that this group is overwhelmed with donations.  If you have some extra fabric or would like to make a donations to help other quilters here is an option suggested by a member:  “Our quilting guild friends in Santa Rosa California have lost their fabric supplies in the recent fires. The guild would be so grateful for donations of fat quarters to help them get back to their piecing. Consider sending a fat quarter in an envelope with 3 stamps to: Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, P.O. BOX 9251, Santa Rosa California 95405 … Thank you everyone .”
Somewhat Local Events:  In case you missed it while it was in Muskegon. Click the title below for more information.
September 23, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Artist’s Talk: Nancy Crow, curator of Bull’s Eye Quilts, Thursday, Nov 17, 6:30 PM
Guild Dates to Remember:
Monday, November 27 – Sew-in at the Beechwood Church Lodge. Make & Take-  Learn how to make a fabric postcard with us!  There will also be a showing of the Row Round Robin quilts.  6:30 PM refreshments, 7:00 program – Bring a friend!
No meeting in December – Happy Holidays! 
Monday, January 22 Sew-In at Beechwood Lodge, 6:30 pm
February 26 & 27  Guild meeting – Sue Cortese presentation and Tuesday class. Stay tuned for details!
Saturday, March 17, 2018  Beechwood Church, National Quilting Day Event. Watch for more details!

BRQG welcomes Sandy Klop, American Jane Fabrics by MODA

General meeting, Monday, June 26, 2017


• President Pat Navis opened the meeting at 7:00 and welcomed everyone including speaker Sandy Klop, members and 11 guests.
• Lighthouse Guild is sponsoring a bus to the Fall Paducah show. More info will follow.
• We are still in need of a few tables for the lodge. If you’d like to donate see Pat Navis.
• Mary Botsis reported The Holland Police Department Crisis Unit has received 40 quilts. Members voted to split the remaining quilts between Holland Rescue Mission (each child gets a quilt and stuffed animal) and Resthaven dementia unit. Group quilting dates will be resumed in September (dates TBD).
• Refreshments – if your birthday falls in July or August be sure to sign up at the window during our break when you grab your cookies or beverage.

Kathy Meuller/Programs – Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these upcoming events:

• Tuesday, June 27 – Sandy Klop wheel class 10-4pm in the lodge, still a few openings
• Monday, July 24 – 6:30 PM Sew in at Beechwood Church Lodge (NOTE NEW TIME CHANGE)
• Monday, August 28 – 6:30 PM refreshments, 7:00 PM Tim Latimer, award winning collector and quilter
• Monday, September 25 – Rummage/Bake & Auction at Beechwood Church Lodge. Be thinking of items to donate, and friends to invite
• Monday, October 23 – Linda Thiefoldt machine quilter, trunk show and workshop

• CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Kathy is looking for someone to volunteer to lead the PROGRAMS team next year, as her board term ends in October. Kris Kennedy will stay on supporting the leader.

The guild is pleased to welcome speaker SANDY KLOP, quilter/designer of American Jane Fabric for MODA. Sandy, now a resident of California, shared her love of quilting, and her journey from quilter to designer, and how her designs are influenced by authentic Dutch costume fabrics she grew up around in her native Holland, Michigan. Sandy is teaching WAGON WHEELS, a full day workshop Tuesday at the Beechwood Lodge.

Show & Tell:
Thank you to all guild members for sharing their beautiful inspiring quilts this evening.

Raffle gifts were generously donated by:
Gall Sewing/Plainfield – fat quarters
Abbi May’s Quilt Shop/Muskegon – layer cake stack
Tote Bag

Pat thanked everyone and dismissed about 8:45 PM

Barb Schippa (filling in for Sally Zena, Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary)

Correction – Sew in details

CORRECTION – regarding our up-coming sew in on Monday, September 26th :

Start time is 10:00 AM (not 9:00) at the Beechwood Lodge . You are welcome to come for all, or part of the day whether you are working on the charity quilt project…or something else. Pizza provided at supper.

Come when you can……leave when you must.

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary

Barb Schippa

Charity Quilts all day sew in!

Guild members…….Important information regarding our up-coming sew in on Monday, September 26th :

Come for the day, come for the afternoon, or come just for the evening and help us work on our charity quilts for the Holland Police Department.  Doors to the Lodge will open at 9 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and your own beverages.  A pizza supper will be donated by Pat in the evening.

Or, you can come just for our usual sew-in time of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring your own projects to work on and just enjoy the fellowship of other guild members.

And please remember!  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to the sew-in!

Also note that we are in need of batting for our charity quilts.  If you have some you wish to donate, please bring it along to the sew-in or to any guild meeting (and leave it on the table labeled for “Charity Quilts”).

Come when you can……leave when you must.

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary

Barb Schippa