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2020 July 20 meeting minutes

BRQG Meeting July 20, 2020

Betsy Muir opened the July Big Red Quilt Guild meeting in Tiara Yachts’ conference room on July 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. for members in attendance and those participating via Zoom. Two visitors were introduced. Betsy thanked Nora and Barb Slikkers for providing our new meeting place, and Kris Kennedy for operating the equipment for our Zoom aspect of tonight’s meeting. Betsy also thanked Barb Bredemeier, Lorelle Eberly, and Ruth Borg for providing treats for the group.

Kris Kennedy has received 110 houses now for our Village quilt. Kathy Ryzenga received about a dozen charity quilts from members tonight.

Nora Slikkers, one of our program co-chairs, introduced Denniele Bohannon from Harrisonville, Missouri, our presenter of tonight’s program: Forty Years in the Making. Denniele discussed finding that quilting has become her therapy, especially during stressful times. First, she showed her grandmother’s nine-patch quilt, an inspiration for Denniele’s own quilts. She proceeded to display and discuss her wide variety of quilts, from her first-born son’s baby quilt, her first hand quilting work which she learned at her church’s quilting group, and on through many quilts she has designed and pieced over forty years. She discussed patterns, fabrics, and machine quilting, both custom and overall designs.


Nora Slikkers thanked Denniele for her program and indicated there were a few spots left in the workshop class Tuesday, July 21, for Denniele’s quilt Celebrate!

After a brief break for refreshments, several members participated in Show and Tell. Kris took pictures which will be posted on the BRQG website.


A drawing for several door prizes was held. Members were reminded that our August 17 program will be a presentation by Nancy Roelfsmema from Grand Rapids. August 28 is the date for our next workshop, The Tiled Background, led by Barb Bredemeier and Janet Haines. The meeting ended at 8:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Lorelle Eberly, Secretary

2020 February 18 – Meeting show n tell

Our meeting concluded with show n tell and a showing of charity quilts.  Several members brought in quilts.

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Bridget’s Jane Sassaman design from last fall’s workshop.

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Another design from a scrappy workshop.

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A practice orphan piece from Vicky Gray that Bridget completed.

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Kris’ Maple Leaf quilt.  Unique in that it was completed in record time, which purchase of fabric and pattern in mid-to-late January and quilted in time for this meeting! 

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Anne’s Linus quilt made from an adorable panel.

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A charity quilt top made by Deb from a friend’s practice squares! Those orphan blocks can be put to good use and look great together!

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Another Charity quilt made from practice squares.  Great job, Deb!

And that concludes our February meeting pictures.  Hope to see you at the next meeting!

2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part Three

Sally Leep was our third presenter in the “Artists Among Us” program. She is very precise and works with great details. Perfection is her mantra.

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A baby quilt inspired by an Aunt’s quilt made with polyester/cotton blend.

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A baby quilt made for her son Billie – he received this quilt when he was 32! Congrats to Sally for a finish, even if it was a tad late! 

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Mrs. Lincoln’s quilt made as a challenge with her Paducah friends.

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Jacob’s Garden 

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The back of the next quilt. Even the backs get attention sometimes!

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The smaller quilt was made with the scraps cut off of all the corners of the larger quilt! No scrap gets away!

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Above the Tree Line quilt – tiny 1 inch squares.

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A Kim Diehl design made by Sally to celebrate her retirement after 35 years at Herman Miller.

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Bright Light – made with a cake walk plus cake layer cuts of fabric from Paducha. 

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And of course a quilt from the scraps of Bright Light!

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My Long Winter.  Gorgeous quilt!

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Katelyn’s doll quilt

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Tiled background quilt made at the BRQG class last year. 

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Sally loves christmas quilts! She has made one for each of her grandchildren. Unbelievable applique!

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Another of Sally’s Christmas quilts.  She said this was the most challenging she has ever done. I believe it! The picture just doesn’t do it justice. 

2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part Two

The second presenter in our “Artists Among Us” series was Carmen Smith.  She loves the process but not the finishing! She works fast and is creative. She likes to keep it fun!

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An itty bitty – she loves traditional quilts and Civil War prints!

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Carmen has 700 spools of thread – you never know what color you are going to need and what if the fabric stores are closed?? So she bought this panel to try out some of her thread collection!! Lovely!!

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Her Hat Ladies quilt designed and drawn by her! Her late sister is memorialized in this quilt. 

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She decided to try paper piecing and this colorful quilt is the result. Sewn at last year’s March Guild Retreat.  

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Urban Owls Quilt! This beauty is so visually interesting. Urban Owls is out of Texas. 

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Her design with Jesus knocking on her door.  She used a photo representing Jesus from the internet and printed it on fabrick for the center of her quilt. 

 

2020 February 18 – Meeting Program Photos – Part One

The program was ‘The Artists Among Us’.  We heard from three of our members. Lorelle Eberly was our first presenter.   Thanks to Ann P for keeping track of information about each quilt.  I am going to borrow her words for some of this post and a couple of pictures!

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Lorelle’s Aunt Helen’s quilt that she purchased at the estate auction – hand pieced and hand quilted.  

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Her Grandmother Bertha’s Dresden Plate.

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A quilt made by Lorelle’s mother for their church. She used a design from a stained glass window to create this original design. This quilt was always on display at Easter. 

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Golden Wedding Ring quilt made by Lorelle’s mother  for Lorelle. 

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A quilt Lorelle made for one of  her granddaughters.

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Another quilt made for a granddaughter.

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Yet another quilt made for another granddaughter. 

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Birds for grandchildren, small wall hangings.

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Christmas table toppers

2020 February 17 meeting minutes

BRQG Meeting February 17, 2020

Kris Kennedy opened the Big Red Quilt Guild meeting at Beechwood Church on February 17. 2020, at
7:03 p.m. She encouraged members to consider becoming a part of the BRQG board and explained how
well the board members work together.
She introduced a guest, Lise Topp, and then had a drawing for those who had brought their Block of the
Every Other Month. Lorelle Eberly won the packet of fat quarters with a pattern enclosed.
Colleen Decker announced she had Tulip Time Quilt Show entry forms and noted that the form has been
revised. Those entering a quilt need to sign the back of the form, place a value on the quilt, and be sure
to answer all the questions. Those who wish to sell their quilts need to add 40% to the price, as that is
the commission Tulip Time will require. Colleen also asked for volunteers to sign up to work at the Tulip
Time Quilt Show.
Kris thanked those who brought refreshments and reminded the group of the upcoming programs:
March 23 – Deborah Richmond
March 24-26 – BRQG Retreat – Final Payment due by March 1.
April 20 – School House
April 28 – Tiled-Background workshop
May 18 – Airing of the Quilts
Kathy Ryzenga shared information about our charity quilts. A total of 35 have been given to Project
Linus. One was donated to the Beechwood Church Youth Group for a fundraiser, and one was given to
Barb Bredemeier for a charity function. Kathy noted that Victoria from the Manasseh Project was
grateful for the quilts donated to the victims of sex trafficking. She had a precut kit for a charity quilt
which a member volunteered to take and make.
Kris introduced the program The Artists among Us. She explained that Carol Vinnedge’s husband is in
the hospital, so Carol could not be with us tonight. She introduced Lorelle Eberly, who showed several
family quilts as well as three she had made for her granddaughters. Carmen Smith showed several quilts
she had created using a variety of techniques, which she discussed, such as thread painting, fusible web,
paper piecing, and other designing processes. Sally Leep showed a wide variety of quilts demonstrating
her use of needle-turn applique, scrap triangles left from larger pieces, a doll quilt, and various
Christmas quilts.
Kris thanked the three presenters and reminded the members of the signups at the program table.
After a brief break for refreshments, a drawing for several door prizes was held. Several members
participated in Show and Tell. Kris asked members to drive carefully as they went home on this snowy
night. The meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly, Secretary

2019 October 28 – Snow n Tell & Charity

Member Quilts for Show & Tell

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Barb Schippa’s from the Jane Sassaman workshop

 

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Betsy Muir

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Barb Post

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Sally Zenas

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Kris Kennedy

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Ann Prins

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Cute Socks fabric on the back of Betsy’s

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Jackie Bailey

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Back of Betsy’s

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Karen Keip

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Betsy Muir

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Barb Schippa

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Mary Nienhuis – Jane Sassaman workshop

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Barb Bredemeier

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Jackie Bailey

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Phyllis Graham

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Kris Kennedy

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Ann Prins

Charity Quilts turned in

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Photos by Ann Prins

2019 October 28 – Meeting Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting

October 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Beechwood Reformed Church

Barb Bredemeier, president, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. One guest and one new member were present. Barb also thanked Ann Prins for being our BRQG photographer.

Members who paid their 2019-2020 dues before October 1, 2019, were eligible to be in a
drawing for a basket of quilting supplies. Jackie Bailey won the basket.

Betsy Muir asked if everyone who had made and brought their October Every-Other-Block-of- the-Month challenge had received a ticket to be placed in that drawing. Kris Kennedy’s ticket was drawn; she received a book and three fat quarters. Betsy talked about the November EOBM, the pattern for which was available at the display table and on line at the BRQG website, noting the members’ blocks will be due at our meeting, November 18, 2019.

Copies of the 2019-2020 slate of officers were passed out to those who did not pick one up at the meeting registration table. Barb Bredemeier introduced the members on the slate and asked for any additional nominations from the floor. Hearing none, Barb asked for a motion to elect the following slate of officers:

BRQG Board and Committee Slate 2019-2020

President – Betsy Muir
Vice-President – Kris Kennedy
Treasurer – Karen Keip
Membership – Bridget Morel
Program Committee Chairs – Carole McLean and Nora Slikkers
Secretary – Lorelle Eberly
Publicity – Carol Vinnedge
Website (no longer a board position) – Janet Haines
Photographer – Ann Prins
Retreat Committee – Barb Bredemeier, Betsy Muir, Kris Kennedy and Nora Slikkers
Charity Quilts – Kathy Ryzenga
Refreshments – Barb Bredemeier

It was moved and seconded that we approve the slate of officers; motion carried.
Betsy Muir, our newly-elected president, thanked the outgoing board members, Barb
Bredemeier, Janet Haines, Kathy Ryzenga, and Barb Sucher, for their work and gave each one as a memento, an Ann Prins creation: a painted rock in a small zipper pouch. Betsy also noted that the guild is now five years old.

Pat Navis announced that she is missing a wool snowman appliqued work that she had at the last sew-in. If anyone has seen it or knows anything about it, please call Pat.

Kathy Ryzenga, program chair, encouraged members to sign up for the November 18 wool applique project. Members’ kits will be free; non-members will need to pay $5.00 per kit. Pat Navis will have additional wool for purchase. Members with last names beginning with A-R are to bring a finger-food appetizer; members with last names beginning with S-Z are to bring a finger-food dessert. We will enjoy eating members’ creative cooking while also enjoying working on a wool applique cover for a notebook that evening in the Great Room at Beechwood Reformed Church.

Kathy also asked members to consider becoming part of the Charity quilt committee.
She then introduced Nancy McNally, the speaker for the evening. Nancy has 25 years of
experience with quilting, pattern creation, TV productions and quilt magazine publications. Her trunk show entitled “What Was I Thinking?” consisted of many anecdotes and a wide variety of quilts. She encouraged us to try various techniques, thread colors, and patterns.

At break, members had the opportunity to buy Nancy McNally’s patterns; she also gave away patterns for her Quilt of Honor pattern, designed for Quilts of Valor. During break, members were able to sign up for the November 18 meeting, Every-Other-Block-of-the-Month challenge, and the April 2020 tiled-background workshop.

After break, we had our Show and Tell, beginning with the charity quilts that were turned in, then various tiled-background projects, and finally a wide variety of other beautiful quilts made by members. Drawing for eight door prizes concluded the evening.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly