January Sew-In cancelled

Our January Sew-In that was scheduled for tonight is cancelled.  But while you are home keeping warm, fill out the sign up sheets for these great  upcoming programs!
It’s not too late to sign up for the Tiled Background Workshop on Feb 25th. This is a Monday class! Kits are all claimed so if you sign up, sort through your fabrics for some that will work. Commercial batiks work too!
Feb 25th evening program will feature Kelly Kindt, owner of Pressing Matters. Learn about how fabrics and patterns are selected for her shop!
March 26, 27 and 28 is retreat week so there will not be a sew-in.  Attend as your schedule permits and leave all your sewing stuff at the retreat location. Enjoy beautiful views as you sew at the Tiaria Yacht S2 headquarters on Lake Macatawa.   You do need to register in advance for meal planning. The deadline to sign up for this retreat is Monday, March 4th.
This entry was posted on January 28, 2019, in News.

2018-22-Oct Show N Tell Pics

Here are some pictures from our members show-n-tell.  I didn’t get pics of everyone’s work. Sorry about that.  And, what a job taking pictures of moving quilts in low light! (so there is some blur). Thanks to all who participated!


These last ones are charity quilts. Talking about taking  giving to new heights! DSC04843DSC04844DSC04845

BRQG meeting is Tonight

A friendly reminder that our meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, Oct 22!! Hope to see you there!
We have Lynn Harris’s program “Do it for the Process”, that you won’t want to miss.

Also happening just prior to the Guild meeting is a gathering of those interested in joining a Sewing Bee that meets regularly. Barb Schippa will be on hand at 6:30 to explain how the existing bee’s work and to help you organize into a new bee. Bring your questions!


Membership Chair

This entry was posted on October 22, 2018, in News.

October Meeting is next Monday


   Our October meeting is right around the corner.  Next Monday, Oct 22.   It’s election night & also time to renew your membership. We have Lynn Harris’s program “Do it for the Process”, that you won’t want to miss.
There is still room in the  Lynn Harris workshop,  Liberated Log Cabins and Intuitive Techniques.  This workshop will be held in the Beechwood Lodge on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Lodge will be open at 8:30 AM for set up.   The sign-up and supply list is on the website. If you would like to sign up, please call or email:   Kathy Ryzenga,, 616-738-1560 OR Barb Sucher,, 248-505-2912 

Future events that you will want on your calendar are:
 November 26 – Hands on ornament making at Beechwood Church. Details will follow in a future email.
No meeting in December – Happy Holidays!
January 28 will be a sew-in at the Beechwood Lodge. 6:30 PM.
Feb 25th – Tiled background workshop with Janet Haines and Barbara Bredemeier ( They learned from Gloria Loughman) 9:30 am to 3 pm.
March is retreat week so there won’t be a sew-in.  Save the date! We’re having a retreat at the Tiara S2 Headquarters on Lake Macatawa, March 26-28.  This will be a sleep at home retreat. Learn more at the meeting on Monday and details will be sent out soon.
 Hope to see you Monday!
This entry was posted on October 17, 2018, in News.

Long Sleeve T & Hoodie Fundraiser!

Just in time for cooler weather…

Big Red Quilters’ Guild long sleeve Gildan unisex T-shirts and zip-up hoodies in a variety of colors and sizes are now available at . Your purchase of a shirt will help our speaker fund and help get our guild’s name out as you wear it out in our community. (The hoodies run large.)  Don’t delay this fundraiser ends Oct 5th 2018!

If that link doesn’t work for some reason, go to the T-shirt page.


This entry was posted on September 10, 2018, in News.

2018- 27-August Meeting Minutes

The members of BRQG met at Beechwood Church on August 27, 2018.

President, Barb Bredemeier, called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

After welcoming new members and visitors, the following announcements were made:

1. MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: As an incentive to pay annual dues early, those paying dues before October 1 will have an opportunity to be the recipient of a gift basket put together by board members. One name will be chosen at the October 22 meeting.
2. REFRESHMENT SIGNUP: There is a signup sheet at the refreshment window at all meetings for those willing to provide a snack for future meetings. Thanks to all who are doing this.
3. CHARITY QUILTS: Yellow sheets are now available with charity quilt guidelines. There is a table with available fabrics for these quilts at all meetings. If you like to sew and don’t need any more quilts, please consider helping with this project.
4. SURVEY: Barb Bredemeier, President, thanked members for participating in the survey. She said several members expressed an interest in becoming part of a small sewing group (Bee). There will be an opportunity to learn more about this and hopefully setting up a couple of groups, before the October 22 nd meeting. Those interested, please arrive October 22 at 6:30.
5. T-SHIRTS: The first ever BRQG T Shirt sale was very successful. Another sale will be held in September, and both long sleeved shirts and sweatshirts will be available for fall.
6. QUILT RETREAT: A day time retreat is being planned for March 26-28. Mark your calendars now. There will be a daily fee, some meals will be included and you will go home to sleep. More details will be forthcoming.
7. SEPTEMBER GIFT BOUTIQUE: Betsy Muir, Vice President, announced plans for the Sew-In/Gift Boutique to be held September 24 th at 6:30 pm. She is seeking donations which can be dropped off at the church any time after 1:00 on the 24 th or to Betsy any time before. All proceeds will go to the guild to pay for speakers. Guests are welcome. There will be door prizes every 15 minutes. Call Betsy (847-507-4305) if you have questions. Cash or checks only.

Barb Sucher, Program co-Chair, introduced guest speaker, Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio, Oak Park, Il. Following a rousing welcome with all singing Happy Birthday, Dear Bill, he gave an inspiring lecture on Color in a Supporting Role. Bill explained his approach to color selection and passed around many beautiful quilts made by him and his wife, Weeks Ringle. The next day Bill gave a workshop addressing color value and piecing curves. Thanks to Ann Prins, photos will be available on the website and

Following Show and Tell and door prizes, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

Sally Zenas, Secretary