2021 July Meeting Show N Tell

Photos by Ann Prins

2021 June Meeting Photos

Pictures taken by Ann Prins.

2021 April 19 meeting minutes

The BRQG April 19, 2021, meeting was held via Zoom.  Betsy Muir, president, welcomed the group of over 30 members and our guest speaker, Pam Goggans, from Sager Creek Quilts in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  

Nora Slikkers, program co-chair, gave the group information about our May 17 meeting when Pam Goggans will conduct an all-day workshop class for the quilt Tribute via Zoom.  Nora noted that members need to sign up via the registration form on the BRQG website, call Nora indicating they are planning to attend (as mail can be slow), and send the $50 payment (check made out to Big Red Quilt Guild) to Nora for the class, pattern, V-block tool, and laminated technique sheet.  Nora’s phone number:  479-957-7460; mailing address:  5228 147th Ave., Holland, MI 49423.

Nora also indicated that our August program is Rayna Gilams.  She will be conducting two workshops.  Members can find registration forms on the BRQG website.  October will bring a class by Coleen Merte.  Information will soon be posted on the BRQG website for this as well.

Pam Goggams then presented a trunk show of quilts from her studio, including the use of various Deb Tucker tools with a variety of quilt blocks:  Tucker Trimmer for half-square triangles and hourglass blocks, Wing Clipper for flying geese blocks, Square Squared, V-block, Corner Beam, Split Rectangles, Diamond Rectangles, Four Patch Square-up, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Wedge Star, and Star 60.  She explained that the technique sheets for each tool give information for additional quilt blocks.  

See the BRQG website for Pam’s special offer to BRQG members for ordering these various tools by April 28 via a phone call to her studio.  No tax or shipping charges will apply as Nora Slikkers will pick them up and bring them back for delivery to the BRQG members who place orders.  Remember to call Nora as well as sending Nora your check and order form for the May class, pattern, tool, and technique sheet for the quilt Tribute.

Meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Lorelle Eberly

2021 March 31 Meeting Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting
March 31, 2021

Betsy welcomed the BRQG members via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. She reminded members that our
August 16 meeting will feature Rayna Gillman’s lecture to be followed August 17 and 18 with
Gillman’s workshops: Cinderella and No Strings Attached. Betsy encouraged BRQG members
to sign up for these workshops as soon as the information goes out as these 25-participant
workshops will also be opened later for other area quilt guild members.

Kris Kennedy and Betsy then showed the members two Easter projects to make for holding
Easter candy, toys or other treats: bunny bags and carrot drawstring bags. Patterns may be
found at on Crystal’s March 2013 blog. Such easy-to-make and
delightfully cute projects!

Then Kris introduced each of the Challenge Fabric participants, who showed the various
projects each had made with the green fabric incorporated into their pieces:

  • Mary Botsis – Shamrock table runner from design by
  • Nancy Miller – Owl and Pussycat in a pea-green boat
  • Ann Prins – several spring-themed blocks in a small quilt designed by Ann
  • Mary Voss – four-block table runner combining green with yellow and blue fabrics
  • Barb Sucher – one-inch squares of green in wreath design combined with a charm pack of spring-colors in a table topper
  • Barb Bredemeier – Bible cover of green with a large butterfly applique and a table runner she designed
  • Lorelle Eberly – hummingbird small quilt from Go Wild with Quilts by Margaret Rolfe
  • Shirley Jones – table runner from It’s a Small World design and a small quilt
  • Bridget Morel – Lady bugs and tulips with the leaves and stems of the green fabric
  • Colleen Dekker – baby quilt from More Quilts for Babies, an off-center log cabin design
  • Kay Salisbury – placemats with vintage trailer print and green, red, and blue borders
  • Carol Vinnedge – Fred the Frog from Frogalicious pattern, a Java House pattern and a bird house quilt project
  • Nora Slikkers – green fabric in each of 28 blocks designed by Circles of the East
  • Janet Haines – green fabric in half-square triangles combined with improv trees and birds from the Spring Is in the Air bird pattern from Living Threads, worked into her own quilt design, which she calls The Birds Keep Singing.
  • Kathy Ryzenga – hostess wine bag and cornerstones in Traffic Jam design by Pat Sloan
  • Nancy Yetman – green fabric in sampler quilt blocks and in three-block table runner
  • Betsy Muir – colorful pieced tulips in Totally Tulips designed by Missouri Star
  • Kris Kennedy – table topper in a design Kris had drawn out

The challenge group were truly creative with a wide variety of projects using the green fabric!

Betsy closed the meeting at 8:20 p.m. by wishing everyone a Blessed Easter.

Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly, secretary

Note from the webmaster. Look for a gallery of these projects soon on the Free Fabulous Fabric Challenge page which I will also link to the home page for a short time.

2021 Feb 15 – Meeting Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting
February 15, 2021, via Zoom

The Big Red Quilt Guild met at 7:00 p.m. on February 15, 2021, via Zoom. Twenty-eight members and
one guest were in attendance. Various members shared quilting projects they had made over the past
several months during our Covid-19 shutdown. Pictures of these projects can be viewed on the BRQG
website. What a lot of talent was evident in the quilts, table toppers, wall hangings, notebook covers,
pillow cases, wallets, table runners, and bags displayed by both our members and our guest Shelli
Sesock, who asked about putting eyes on her quilt of snowmen. Several members offered suggestions.

Seven members’ names were drawn for door prizes: Barb Bredemeier, Bridget Morel, Colleen Dekker,
Bobbie Vruggink, Kay Solsbury, Kim Frisch, and Kathy Ryzenga. Those who won need to contact Kris
Kennedy to arrange picking up their prizes.

Betsy Muir thanked everyone for participating in our program tonight. She also reminded us that Charity Quilt Day is February 20 and National Quilting Day is coming March 20. Wouldn’t It be great if
we would all create either small quilts for Project Linus or larger quilts for our other charities! Check the
BRQG website for sizes.

Our next meeting will be March 31 (April Fool’s Eve) when we will have our Challenge Project
Reveal/Show and Tell.

Meeting ended at 8:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 Oct 19 – Zoom meeting minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild November 16, 2020, Zoom Meeting

Betsy Muir, president, opened the Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. from Kris Kennedy’s home. Betsy and Kris have created several Christmas quilts that they showed the group with the help of their husbands, Jim Muir and Roger Kennedy. We thank these men for their outstanding quilt holding—and quilt walking!
Among the quilts displayed were those featuring Tumbling Trees, gnomes, Christmas trees, snowflakes, the Milky Way, gnomes with Twister snowflakes, Christmas houses with trees, and one with three trees
and a gnome.
Kris also gave information about where to find patterns, one of them free, for several of the quilts:
1) Tumbling Trees table runner by http://www.thefatquartergypsy,com (uses a 30 degree triangle template)
2) Twister Gnomes by also available on Amazon (uses Lil’ Twister tool)
3) House table runner from Modern Holiday Table Runner pattern—download from Fat Quarter Shop (on sale now and includes several holiday runners)
4) Scandinavian Tomto pattern (1 large gnome with three large trees) download from
5) Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt—free from Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Before the meeting, Betsy had emailed all BRQG members a copy of the proposed budget put together by our treasurer, Karen Keip, and approved by the BRQG board. Betsy called for a vote on the budget; it was unanimously approved by the 31 members in attendance via Zoom.

Then the program moved to the four kits that had been distributed to BRQG members who signed up for the Make and Keep ornaments project. The ornaments could be used to decorate a Christmas tree or as gift tags on packages.

Kris began with the felt tree topped with a gold star. She suggested using tissue paper behind the star when stitching and using pompoms or buttons for decorations on the tree.

For the Scottie dog ornament, Kris suggested tracing around the pattern on tissue paper or freezer paper, attaching the paper to the fabric and then stitching around the dog shape, leaving an opening in the belly area for turning. She advised to be patient when turning so as not to poke a hole through the stitching. Betsy placed her dog shape on the bias of the fabric for a slightly different look. Be sure to clip the fabric near the stitching for the neck and the tail of the dog in order to make a good dog shape.

Betsy then discussed the three fabric trees. She used Steam and Seam Two to stabilize the tree fabric. Only one ribbon is included in the kit, so makers will need to use some of their own ribbons for two of the trees. Be sure to fold the ribbon in half and enclose the ends between the fabric pieces of the tree. Kris used garland on her tree while Betsy used rickrack for decorating hers.

The last project involved holly leaves. Betsy traced the pattern on freezer paper, ironed it on fabric, cut out the shape and stitched around the edges, leaving an opening for the stuffing. She made one leaf of fabric and one of felt. Either pompoms or small red buttons could be used for the berries. She
suggested sewing the pompoms on rather than gluing them.

Kris thanked Nora Slikkers and Carole McLean for preparing the kit materials, and the BRQG board for packaging and delivering the kits to the members. Betsy noted that some of the ornaments would be good projects for making with kids and/or grandkids.
The Zoom meeting ended at 7:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 Oct 19 Zoom Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Zoom Meeting
October 19, 2020

Betsy Muir, president, opened the meeting at 7:00 with a big welcome to all 24 Zoom participants plus those who were presenting. She reminded us that our September meeting focused on scrappy designs, and our October program would continue that scrappy theme.

Betsy introduced Kris Kennedy who presented a scrappy pumpkin block made up of 5 x 5 (a total of 25) 2 ½” squares of various orange fabrics. Kris noted it is easier to center the green pumpkin stem if using an odd number of squares. Each of the four corners of the pumpkin uses a half-square triangle piece, and the stem uses two half-square triangles. Easy and cute! Kris also indicated she uses thin cutting mats from Dollar Tree for her templates.

Betsy then showed us two small pieces she made from a pattern she found at Pressing Matters: a Boo piece in black and white, using a white cursive script for “Boo” and a button-eyed white ghost on a black background, and an orange “Eek” in cursive also on black. Instead of using a sleeve for hanging, she had made two corners from a diagonally folded 5 ½” square sewn into the binding, and then had inserted a dowel rod for hanging. The 5 ½” squares gave good support at the top.

Kris demonstrated various styles of napkin rings made from a pattern she found on sewinginnomansland and then modified. She cut two pieces of fabric 11” x 3 ½” and backed them with two pieces of fusible interfacing 10” x 2 ½”, turned in the ends and clipped the corners. She then fused or glued the two pieces together down the middle and top stitched all around, turning it into the size desired. Kris took a 20” ribbon or piece of twill tape, folded it in half and looped it over a button she had sewn on the ring.
These could be as formal or informal as wanted to fit your decor.

Betsy found a coaster pattern in the autumn 2020 issue of Quilters’ World. First, cut a hexagon from fabric and a backing hexagon 1 ½” larger. Place the smaller top fabric on a hexagon of batting the same size and then onto the wrong side of the backing fabric. Fold the backing edges over twice on each hexagon side in sequence to form a binding and stitch it in place. Voila, a new coaster!

Betsy then demonstrated making candy corn treat bags she found on Cut one 4 ½” x 4” piece from yellow felt, two 4 ½” x 2” pieces from orange felt, and two 4 ½” x 2” from white felt.
Overlap the longer 4 ½” edges and stitch them together starting with white, then orange, then yellow, orange, and white. Turn it into a bag by folding the 4 ½” pieces in half, piercing four small holes ¾” apart in the top for the ribbon to make a drawstring to close the bag. Each side will form a small pleat. It is a small bag, just big enough to hold a few pieces of candy. What a great favor to have at each place at the table!

Betsy suggested that participants send pictures of their projects to Janet Haines to post on the BRQG website.

Betsy then interviewed Carole McLean about her work with Quilts of Valor. Carole has been making these red, white, and blue quilts for veterans for more than two years. This year she has made twelve thus far and has probably made more than thirty total by now. Carole showed some 40” x 54” quilts with flannel backs for use by people in wheelchairs. The flannel keeps the quilt from slipping off the lap. Several of her quilts were panels that Carole surrounded with various block and border designs. One

she used the Every Other Block of the Month challenge blocks to create an interesting design around a panel. Carole showed larger Quilts of Valor also. In December she will gift her Quilts of Valor to the veterans’ home in Byron Center. She will willingly take contributions of red, white, and blue fabric to
make more quilts.

Betsy thanked Carole for her beautiful work with this meaningful project for our veterans.

In early November the BRQG board will deliver kits to the homes of BRQG members who want to participate in this Make-and-Keep project. Please let Carole McLean know if you are interested in having a kit delivered to your home. Bridget Morel will be sending an email message with Carole’s
email address.

Betsy ended the meeting at 7:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 Oct 14 – Show n Tell Quilts

Thanks to Ann P for taking these photos!