2020 September 21 Facebook ‘Meeting’ link and Minutes

Link to the Program:

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 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.


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


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! 


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


Jacob’s Garden 


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


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


Above the Tree Line quilt – tiny 1 inch squares.


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


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


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


My Long Winter.  Gorgeous quilt!


Katelyn’s doll quilt


Tiled background quilt made at the BRQG class last year. 


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


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!


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


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!!


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


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


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


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!


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


Her Grandmother Bertha’s Dresden Plate.


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. 


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


A quilt Lorelle made for one of  her granddaughters.


Another quilt made for a granddaughter.


Yet another quilt made for another granddaughter. 


Birds for grandchildren, small wall hangings.


Christmas table toppers