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)

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




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

August Program Reminder

Please be sure to join us for our next program, Monday, August 22, 2016. Our evening speaker will be Ken Kutzel from Saugatuck who will share his in depth interest in antique quilts with a trunk show from his collection.

Members are encouraged to bring one or two of their own antique quilts for show & tell.

6:30 PM – Social Time

7:00 – Business meeting, program and show & tell

Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland, MI  49424


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary



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

Upcoming calendar

Wasn’t Ann Loveless great?!  It was so exciting to have such a great speaker at our guild!The board is working hard searching interesting speakers and programs.  Your suggestions are always welcome! Here’s what’s coming up:

May 23, 2016 – Sew in…. Yes, the weather is great and you might want to stay home to enjoy it.  But we would love to see you all!

June 27, 2016 – Red & White Challenge, with certified judge Sue Cortese

July 25, 2016 – Guild Picnic & Sew in

August 22, 2016 – Ken Kutzel, antique quilts trunk show

September 24, 2016 – Sew in

October 24, 2016 –

November 28, 2016 – Hands on wool workshop/sew in (in lieu of December meeting)

December  – No meeting

January 23, 2017 – Sew in

February 27, 2017 – Frieda Anderson, quilt artist/hand dyed fabrics, lecture & workshop

March 27, 2017 – Sew in

April 24, 2017 – Tim Lattimer, trunk show presentation

May 22, 2017 – Sew in

June 26, 2017 – Sandy Klop, American Jane fabrics/patterns

Mark your calendar to join us!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilter’s Guild Secretary

Who Put Up/Took Down The Tables?!?

The other day I was reading another quilty friend’s blog post. She loyally posts on a daily basis. I don’t know how she does it. I have great intentions but get side tracked; busy doing other things, and then days may go by. Not her. She is committed to her daily post! She is committed.

Her topic was VOLUNTEERS, big letters. It made me think of the unlimited hours people offer to make things better and inspired me to comment on the word here. Most of us go thru life without much thought how things are done around us, but volunteers are everywhere. Events and functions of all kinds wouldn’t happen without the generous amount of time and effort of its volunteers. If you volunteer at your church, schools, blood banks, etc. even the tiniest amount of time, you know what I mean. And volunteering happens beyond the demands of our very busy lives.

Case in point…..our Big Red Quilters Guild. Now I will step up on the soap box for a moment. Her post caused me to reflect on some of the countless hours people give to get this guild going and running thus far. Hopefully it will inspire you to think of even the tiniest way you might share your talents and time to improve our guild. Volunteering is vital. Things don’t miraculously get done with someone stepping forward. I can’t list everything that “gets done” in our guild but here are a few things that come to mind.  Fasten your seat belts.

Working with a quilt shop for an exploratory guild meeting

Hours/weeks meeting to organize the start up

Research meeting locations

Budget setting

Setting up bank accounts

Establishing non-profit status

Deliver guild related handouts/forms thru-out west Michigan

Stepping up for board positions

Organize, set up and clean up event refreshments

Work with suppliers ordering, pickup and delivering name tags

Soliciting prizes from local shops

Take photographs for historical records

Record countless hours of minutes for each meeting and event

Checking members in at each meeting

Create and maintain new website

Lead programs

Greet and welcome guests

Research and contract all guild speakers

Create and maintain bee lists

Research and organize charity project efforts

Hold up “show and tell” quilts

Organizing special challenges (establishing guidelines, forms, contracting judges)

Create and maintain a Facebook page

Work with news media advertising the guild and events

Travel to/research retreat locations and facilities

Watching forecast during bad weather for safe meetings

Organize transportation, meals and rooms for speakers

Organize numerous tasks for a workshop

Room set up and tears down before each event

Step up and lead countless task

Create and maintain a guild blog to communicate to members

Research, negotiate, contact and organize tasks for special events like bus trips

Organize sew-ins – getting doors unlocked, table set up and turning up the heat

Covering someone’s duties if they are absent

Coordinate events with Beechwood church (approvals, support staff, etc.)

Create and maintain countless forms

Coordinate garage sales…. collecting, pricing, set up, tear down/clean up

Maintain guild records

Process new members

Maintain accounting functions and work within budgets

Create and maintain accurate member lists

And have fun building new friendships!

Helping with guild activities connects us and builds friendships with other quilters. How fun is that!?!! But this is only a few things that go on behind the scenes. It’s just a snippet of the many things needed to make YOUR guild work. More is needed and encouraged to make it work effortlessly. Remember, this guild belongs to all of us. So how are you able to help? Maybe you’d be willing to replace outgoing secretary and treasurer positions this fall? Or somewhere else? Think about it. Lots of hands make light work!

Thank you,

Barb Schippa,

(One of many Volunteers) Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary