Coopersville Quilt Show

Coopersville Farm Museum is having a quilt show!  You can find more information and coopersvilledirections (click on About Us) at their web site.  It’s about 30 miles from Holland.  It’s a really small show but very nicely displayed with new and vintage quilts and other quilted items arranged within the farm exhibits.  They have challenge quilts you can vote on, a kit you can purchase for next years challenge, a small gift shop and a table of quilt related garage sale type freebies.  As you can see from photo’s on their web site, it’s a great place for children and grandchildren!



Looking for something to do?

Last weeks unseasonal heat wave is behind us (finally) and comfortable temps are back. Yippee! And tomorrow is the first day of summer, which means a day trip here or there exploring the abundance our area has within a short drive.

In case you are looking for something “quilty” to do on a local level, consider making a day trip to Shipshewana for the annual quilt festival.  Beginning Wednesday June 21 thru Saturday June 24, the town swells with quilters from all over the country hosting the 2017 Shipshewana Quilt Festival.

This year, the men are taking over the festival.   Nationally known quilters Ricky Tims, Rob Appell, Jerry Granata and Doug Leko along with Mark Dunn owner of MODA will headline the show with years of experience thru daily lectures.  And those piano tunes by Ricky…..awesome.

The festival includes over 300 quilts, plenty of vendors, and all things quilty appealing to any style…….whether modern, art or traditional there is something for everyone. For more information check out their website:

Barb Schippa

BRQG member and blog contributor



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:

Only Three spots left for Frieda Anderson Workshop!

Frieda Anderson Workshop Update

Three spots left!!! Hurry! Hurry!

Save your spot in the Seaside Village class with Frieda Anderson on March 27, 2017. The class will be held in the Beachwood Lodge from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Learn Frieda’s special method of fusing with no wasted fabric. Even your binding will be fused. We will work with Frieda’s hand dyed fabrics and create a piece you’ll be proud to display in your home. The cost of the class is $50.00 for members and $60.00 for nonmembers. Your payment in full insures your place in the class until the limit of 20 has been reached. There is also a $35.00 kit fee which covers the high quality hand-dyed fabric and the pattern.

Class spots are now open to members and nonmembers.

Members are responsible for providing their own lunches snacks and beverages. Coffee and tea will be available. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the lodge. Thirty minutes will be set aside for lunch so there is not time for going out.

If you have questions, call Kathy Mueller, program chair at 616-399-4685 or You may send your payment and reservation to me 1732 Red Stem Drive, Holland MI 49424.

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IQF Bus Trip Cancelled

Sadly, we have made the decision to cancel the bus trip to The International Quilt Festival April 8.  All tickets will be fully refunded.

The reason is simple…..sign up will not cover our costs. Although early feedback showed you wanted a bus again, the actual numbers do not reflect that, and to get a full refund for the bus contract we must cancel before March 1.

Any guild organized outing such as a bus trip, is offered to our members and public as a service, an educational and enrichment opportunity. That said, we must be good stewards of our memberships dues, therefore our bylaws state we must cover all costs thru ticket sales and everything we can to keep your ticket cost as low as possible. We regret this decision and any inconvenience this causes you.

Barb Schippa




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

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

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