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.
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!
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!
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
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.
Lorelle Eberly, Secretary
2019 October 28 – Snow n Tell & Charity
Member Quilts for Show & Tell
Charity Quilts turned in
Photos by Ann Prins
2019 October 28 – Nancy McNally Clark Program Photos
Nancy McNally Clark treated us to a beautiful trunk show and program!
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.
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.
2019 August 26 – Show & Tell
Photo’s by Ann Prins
Barb B’s Tulip Quilt designed in a Jane Sassaman class a few years ago.
Barb F’s Moda Blockhead Quilt
Barb F’s Tshirt Quilt
Carol V’s Modern
Carol V’s Wolves quilt held by Barb B.
Linda showing and modeling an apron made from a Jane Sassaman pattern.
Marianne’s Dragon Fly quilt
Sally L’s Applique Sampler
Shirley’s placemats, quilt and table runner from the Mary Hogan workshop.
2019 August 26 – Jane Sassaman program photos
We enjoyed a delightful program by Jane Sassaman. She shared how she got started quilting, pictures of her home and studio and how she designs fabric.