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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 http://www.aroundthebobbin.com 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 http://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com
5) Jelly Snowflake Mystery Quilt—free from Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog https://blog.fatquartershop.com/jelly-snowflake-mystery-quilt/

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 craftyforhome.com. 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 – Meeting minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild
October 14, 2020

Betsy Muir, president, opened the October 14, 2020, BRQG meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Tiara Yachts. One visitor, Terri Bruch, and twenty members brought chairs and wore masks for the opportunity to get together in person. Karen Keip reported that we now have 53 paid members. Nancy Miller won the wonderful basket of quilting supplies in a drawing from among the names of those who had paid their 2020-21 dues.


Betsy asked if anyone had questions or comments about the minutes of the September 21, 2020, meeting that were posted on the BRQG website. No one did.

Betsy noted that our next meeting, October 20, will be a Zoom meeting. All dues-paying members will receive an email invitation.

Kris Kennedy displayed the finished Village quilt made by many BRQG members; it will be donated to a local charity for their fund-raising activities.

Kathy Ryzenga is accepting charity quilts. Five members showed and donated ten charity quilts of various sizes at tonight’s meeting.

Betsy reported that the three board members whose terms end this year have volunteered to stay on for another two-year term: Karen Keip, treasurer; Carol Vinnedge, publicity; and Lorelle Eberly, secretary. Betsy called for any additional nominations from the group; hearing none, she asked for a vote on the three positions. They were elected for a second two-year term. Betsy distributed bags of chocolate kisses to the three members who will serve another term on the board.

Our October 20 meeting’s program is Quilts of Valor with Carole McLean. Betsy also asked that members have squares of white, yellow, and orange felt, and a piece of ¼” ribbon for the Make-and-Give-It project.
The November 16 Zoom meeting will include a Make-It-and-Keep-It project, this time a delivered-to-you-personally-at-your-home kit. Each member who wishes to participate needs to contact Carole McLean by November 1 to request a kit.

Members who had completed the Every Other Block of the Month project showed their quilts; several six or nine block wall hangings, a table runner, and a full size bed quilt demonstrated the various talents of our members. A drawing was held for prizes for those who brought their EOBoM projects.

Almost every member present showed one project completed since our last in-person meeting. Many small and large quilts were displayed. Thus we had our own quilt show!

Finally, an outdoor prize drawing was held. Many members won prizes!

The meeting ended at 7:03 p.m.

Respectively submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 September 21 Facebook ‘Meeting’ link and Minutes

Link to the Program: https://www.facebook.com/betsy.b.muir/videos/10223902873142172

Big Red Quilt Guild meeting September 21, 2020, via Facebook

Betsy Muir, president, opened the BRQG September 21, 2020, Simply Scrappy program on Facebook soon after 7:00 p.m. by displaying her grandmother’s 104-year-old wedding quilt with a scrappy look.

Betsy then highlighted several books on creating scrappy quilts:

Bonnie Hunter, Leaders and Enders (sort by size and by lights and darks)
Diana D. Knott, Scrap Quilt Secrets (Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent color, Palate, and Selvages)
Riel Nason, Modern Selvage Quilting!
Edyta Sitar, Handfuls of Scraps and Little Handfuls of Scraps
Judy Gauthier, Quilts for Scrap Lovers
Kim Brackett, Scrap Basket Surprises, Scrap Basket Sensations, and Scrap Basket Beauties
She also noted a pattern for scrappy Halloween mini-quilts she found at Pressing Matters and an article in the latest McCall’s Quilting magazine on page 50.

Kris Kennedy showed a scrappy pineapple quilt and a scrappy modern quilt she had made. She then displayed the scrappy Village quilt of 132 houses made by BRQG members, stitched into rows by Betsy Muir, Bridget
Morel, and Kris, and quilted by Kris.

Then Nora Slikkers, our featured speaker, showed us how she organizes her scraps and creates scrappy quilted projects. She began by showing three Fishy Fishy quilts she had made for her grandsons from the same fabric,
but featuring different styles; one used a panel of half-square triangles made from scraps she had been accumulating. She often pieces the backs of her quilts with scraps as well.

She then displayed her dish drying mats, measuring 18” by 22”, made from scraps. She recommended using poly batting for these as it dries fast. She likes to make 9” to 10” potholders and trivets from scraps, using
cotton mattress pads for batting. She does not piece the backs of these, but uses one-piece backings.

Nora showed us round batik pieced circles made by ironing round coffee filters flat and sewing scraps to these, trimming them up, and pulling off the filters (to be appliqued to a quilt in the future). She recommends sorting
scraps into 1 ½”, 2 ½”, 5 ½”, and 10” sizes. Her current Irish chain blocks are made of white and blue 1 ½” scraps. Her flag blocks are another use for her scraps. Her green bean quilt was made from various green scraps.

If any scraps are less than 1 ½”, she adds them to her threads and scraps she stores in an old shirt sewn together with one opening. When full, she stitches it up and gives it to Gateway, who sells these scraps to a maker of
shop rags.

Nora showed us the special rack made by her husband Leon and her clothes drying racks for sorting scraps. In addition, she has sewing trays on which she carries scraps to her sewing machine. Scraps of batting can be used
to wipe threads and strings off cutting mats. Scraps can also make good “piano keyboard” borders.

Nora concluded by encouraging members to use scraps of both fabric and batting!

Kris Kennedy thanked Nora for inviting us into her home for her program. The meeting ended. Members may view this 49-minute meeting by going to the website sent out via email by Bridget Morel.

Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

2020 August 17- meeting minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting August 17, 2020

Betsy Muir, president, opened the meeting via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. Seven board members were present at Tiara Yachts to assist with the quilts displayed for the program and 28 members were present on Zoom.


Betsy announced we will be using Facebook for our next three monthly meetings—September 21, October 19, and November 16. This will allow members who are not able to view these meetings on the third Monday to see them later. Our next meeting program will be Scrappy September.


Kathy Ryzenga is taking charity quilts. If you have quilts to donate, please contact Kathy to make arrangements to get them to her.

Next year’s dues will be $10.00 for the October 2020 to October 2021 year. All members who pay their dues by October 1, 2020, will be eligible for the drawing for the Big Red Quilt Basket loaded with fabrics, thread, patterns, chocolates, teas, and other goodies. Note: The odds for winning this basket are much better than winning the lottery!


Kris Kennedy announced our members have now made enough house blocks to complete the Village quilt. Bridget Morel, Kris, and Betsy will sew the quilt top together and get it off to a long arm quilter.


The Tiled-Background workshop with Barb Bredemeier and Janet Haines is once again being rescheduled.


October 12 the completed Every-Other-Block-of-the-Month quilts will be displayed at Tiara Yachts west parking lot. Bring your lawn chair, a bottle of water, and your EOBM project plus one other project; if you do not have an EOBM project, bring two (2) projects you have made during this pandemic. There will be a drawing for those who bring their finished EOBM, and instead of door prizes, we will have outdoor prizes! Please park in the eastside parking lot as we are using the west lot for our display area.

Nora Slikkers introduced our program presenter, Nancy Roelfsema, from the greater Grand Rapids area.


Nancy has been quilting for more than 30 years, learning how to sew when she was 10 years old. She is the eighth of ten children and learned if she wanted to have new clothing rather than hand-me-downs, she needed to create her own outfits.

Why I Quilt was the title of her presentation, during which she showed 46 quilts, beginning with her Aunt Rachel’s hand-pieced quilt. Her first reason for quilting is for family. She showed a quilt representing the farm house her family moved into when Nancy was eight years old; a quilt made of
fabric made in the Netherlands which she purchased when she and her husband visited members of his family there; quilts made for family babies, for a seven-year-old new family member, and for weddings. She made a T-shirt quilt demonstrating how to use a two-inch grid and Dyna-flow paint. She had a Round-Robin quilt made by her bee members and one made together with her sister Renee.


Her second reason for quilting is for charity. Nancy has traveled to Ukraine and Tanzania on mission trips, taking quilts with her and leaving them there for others.

Her third reason is historical. She displayed a quilt she purchased at an auction, an antique Crazy Quilt dated 1883, a modern-day Crazy Quilt Nancy made featuring various antique pieces such as a jeweled cuff and a sequined bow tie, a glorified nine-patch from the 1930s, a hand-pieced Seven Sisters antique quilt top she would like to have hand quilted, and a quilt featuring 12 Bible stories, identified as made by Grand Rapids church ladies.


Her fourth reason is for teaching. Nancy has taught various classes on You-Tube (On point—TV) for which she makes demonstration blocks which eventually end up in a quilt such as New York Beauty, Rails, and applique design in E-Quilt.


Her fifth reason for quilting is for entering competitive shows. She showed a Lone Star quilt on which she had sown 10,000 beads, a Tranquil Star with beads, the quilt she made for her Learning to Quilt book, and another quilt featured in Learning to Quilt II with fabrics designed by Sue Penn for Free Spirit fabrics.


The sixth reason Nancy quilts is to show off her collection of buttons. One of her quilts had lots of buttons!


Her seventh reason is she finds fabric that speaks to her and then she finds a way to use it in a quilt. She showed her quilt featuring various shoes, some that used African fabrics, a New York beauty with African-inspired fabric, and hand-dyed fabrics.


Her eighth reason is to try new techniques. These quilts used various dying, painting, and gel techniques.


Her ninth reason is for shows. Her Beaded Paradise (a New York Beauty style) and her miniature quilt using paper piecing were good examples here.


Finally, Nancy quilts because she is an artist. She gave tribute to her mother’s artistic talent and showed a small quilt her mother had made for a neighbor, using many different stitching techniques.

Nancy teaches classes at Smith Owens Sewing Center. Her email address is
QuiltingWithNancy@gmail.com.


Betsy thanked Nancy for her presentation. The BRQG meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly

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 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 – 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

2019 August 26 – Meeting Minutes

Big Red Quilt Guild Meeting

August 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at Beechwood Reformed Church

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

Barb welcomed visitors and invited them to join our Big Red Quilt Guild.  She announced that we have been asked to move our guild meetings to the third Monday of the month so we do not conflict with the food distribution on the last Monday of the month at Beechwood Church.  Stay tuned for exactly when this change will occur as we need to contact speakers to see how this will work in their schedules.

The guild officers will be elected at next month’s meeting.  As we are still in need of someone to fill the vice president’s role, Barb asked members to seriously consider taking that position or that of treasurer, as Kris Kennedy would then move into the role of vice president.

Betsy Muir showed us the first block for the Every Other Month of the Year challenge and encouraged members to participate.  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.

Kathy Ryzenga, program co-chair, reminded us that September 23 we will meet in the lodge at 6:30 p.m. to cut and/or sew charity quilt kits, so bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies, and/or cutting supplies.

In October we will have Nancy Clark McNally giving her presentation of “What Was I Thinking?”  Her Tuesday workshop class, October 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lodge, will be Machine Quilting with Rulers.

Barb Sucher, program co-chair, discussed the November wool felt project Jackie Bailey will be leading.

Then Barb S. introduced Jane Sassaman, quilt artist, fabric designer, pattern designer, and writer of articles and books.  Her slide presentation, entitled A Fabric Romance, showed her use of vibrant colors, contrasts of shapes, and inspirations from her garden and other nature settings in her various designs.  She also showed six of her quilts, noting how she uses interesting stitching and backing fabrics.  Her Willow quilt has been listed as one of the 100 best quilts of the 20th century.

Following a short break, seven people participated in Show and Tell, displaying eleven projects.

Drawing for door prizes concluded the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Lorelle Eberly

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