2019 June 24 Minutes

       Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting

June 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Beechwood Reformed Church

Barb Bredemeier, president, opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Barb announced that our August 26 general meeting will be in the sanctuary.  She asked what the group’s feelings were about refreshments for meetings.  Lots of coffee is not used.  Should we bring in our own water and/or coffee in our own closed containers?  It was suggested that we have refreshments at our Sew-Ins and not at general meetings.  On the other hand, refreshments are one way new people could connect with members.  It was decided to have a sign up for August refreshments and discontinue coffee and tea service.  Members may bring their own closed beverage containers.

Spring Retreat in 2020—there are no more openings for machine work and four openings for hand sewers.

Barb noted that four of our board members’ terms will expire October 1.  She encouraged members to consider volunteering to serve as a program chair (two people to work together would be good), membership chair, or vice-president.

Betsy Muir will start a Block of the Every Other Month in August.  We will have a total of six blocks, each due the next general meeting.  Thus the August block will be due in October.  The pattern will also be on the BRQG website.  Each block will be 12 ½ inches (Blockheads II by Moda).  Members may use fabric from their own stash of either modern or traditional design.

Barb Sucher announced that there were still a few openings in the June 25 workshop for making uneven string assembly of modern churn dash blocks.  Barb also reviewed upcoming events for BRQG.

July 22: Sew-in at Beechwood Lodge at 6:30 p.m.

August 26: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Suns and Moons workshop with Jane Sassaman at Beechwood Lodge, one spot open in her class.

August 26:  BRQG meeting at Beechwood Church sanctuary, 6:30 p.m. refreshments; 7:00 p.m. Jane Sassaman presentation Jane’s Textile Treasure Garden, guest fee $20.

September 23: Charity quilt sew-in at Beechwood Lodge at 6:30 p.m.

October 28:  BRQG meeting at Beechwood Church, Nancy Clark McNally

October 29:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Machine Quilting with Rulers workshop with Nancy Clark McNally at Beechwood Lodge

Kathy Ryzenga introduced Mary Hogan, our speaker, who shared her interest in quilting and showed a variety of her string quilts, including her use of coffee filters to create large circles of string fabric as well as appliqueing birds over string backgrounds.

Barb Bredemeier had visitors raise their hands, and then we had a refreshment break followed by Show and Tell.

Ten charity quilts for rescued victims of sex trafficking were displayed, and nine members showed their projects.  Door prize tickets were drawn, and the meeting ended at 8:42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Lorelle Eberly

2019 April 22 – Meeting Minutes

APRIL 22, 2019


Vice President, Betsy Muir, opened the meeting at 7:02 pm.
Six guests were welcomed and introduced.

Kathy Ryzenga shared information about upcoming events:
May – No meeting
June 24 & 25 – Mary M. Hogan – Workshop and lecture on String Quilting. There is still space in the class. See the website for registration forms.
July 22 – Sew In – Beechwood Lodge
August 26 – Jane Sassaman demonstration and lecture.
Betsy announced that the First Annual Retreat was a big success and there are still a few openings for next year, March 24, 25, 26, 2020.

The theme for the evening was Schoolhouse Demonstrations. Five members were the teachers who gave the following demonstrations:

1. Kathy Ryzenga – Quilt as you go
2. Betsy Muir and Kris Kennedy – New ruler from QuiltCon (Needle in a Hayes stack)
3. Carol Vinnedge — Clothesline Baskets
4. Carmen Smith — Maintaining your sewing machine
5. Barb Freeland — Working with triangles

A dozen charity quilts were handed in at the meeting. Thanks to all who donated these colorful quilts!
Following Show & Tell and door prizes, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Sally Zenas, Acting Secretary

2019 Feb 26 Photos

Show N Tell…  Thanks to Ann Prins for the photos!


Quilt by Barb Freeland


Quilt by Barb Freeland


Quilt by Barb Sucher


Quilt by Barb Sucher


Quilt by Barb Sucher


Kathy Ryzenga’s from Sue Pawlowski’s workshop last year.


Sally Leep’s Quilt


Vicky Gray’s Quilt

Charity Quilts turned in.