Greetings fellow Big Red Quarantine Quilters! We hope that this finds you well and enjoying (as you can) this time of staying home a bit more! We hope that it has renewed your love of fabrics and quilting and that you’re all ready for new content from your Big Red Quilters Guild! Following is an update on meetings and programming. At the end are two questions to help us gauge interest and comfort in gathering in July. If you would be so kind as to respond to these questions, it will help guide us as we prepare to meet. Meetings. The Board met today, and based on most recent direction from the State of Michigan, we are canceling our June 15, in-person meeting. That said, we are looking forward to the following meeting activity:
Monday, June 8, 3 pm–Facebook Live demonstrations by Betsy Muir and Kris Kennedy.
Rug demonstration. Betsy will demonstrate a jelly roll rug technique that results in a rectangular rug, and
Village Challenge. Kris will demonstrate the House block for our Guild’s Village challenge,
We are attaching a photo to show you the blocks received to date – see below!
BOTEOM Lost and Found. Finally, Betsy and Kris will host a “Block of the Every Other Month” Lost and Found Gallery! We have blocks left behind at our last meeting (could that possibly be February???) that need to be returned to their rightful creators. You won’t want to miss this!
July 20, 6:30 pm–“Forty Years In the Making” program with Denielle Bohannon
author, Where Poppies Grow : Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I.
July 21–“Celebrate” workshop with Denielle Bohannon
More information on the program and workshop will arrive by email in the next few days!
Both the Monday meeting/lecture and Tuesday workshop will be held at our new location at Tiara Yachts, 725 E 40th Street, Holland.
We will follow all guidance provided by the State of Michigan regarding the safety and comfort of our members.
Your Program Committee is hard at work finalizing programming for remainder 2020 to include as much content as originally planned as possible! More to come on that!
Pulsecheck. In an effort to gauge how we can best put our programming forward, please send an email to email@example.com by Monday, June 1, and let us know your interest in joining us for the July meeting and/or workshop. We will plan to adhere to all guidance provided for meetings by the State of Michigan. Additionally, we are working to provide the Monday meeting/lecture via Facebook Live.
Meeting and lecture Monday, July 20 (“Forty Years In the Making” program with Denielle Bohannon)–we plan to share our meeting via Facebook Live in addition to meeting in person (Choose one)
a) yes, I would plan to attend the meeting and lecture b) no, I would not plan to attend the meeting and lecture, but would join online c) no, I would not plan to attend the meeting and lecture this time
Workshop Tuesday July 21 “Celebrate” workshop with Denielle Bohannon (Choose one)
a) yes, I would plan to attend the all-day workshop b) no, I would not plan to attend the all-day workshop Quarantine Quilting Pandemic Project Portfolio! We know you’ve been busy, so Janet Haines, our webmaster, is going to help us create a gallery on our Guild website. Send a picture of projects you’d like to share along with a description (for example: name of the piece, basics of the project, inspiration, recipient–the sorts of thing that tell the story of your quilt!) We will post photos as we receive them! Thank you for reading–I look forward to hearing back from you on the Pulsecheck questions and Quarantine Quilting Pandemic Project Portfolio soon!! Bridget Morel Membership ChairBig Red Quilters’ Guild
Betsy Muir, President, and the Board of the Big Red Quilters Guild wanted to let you know that our April and May meetings and activities are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This includes the Tiled Backgrounds workshop scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. The Board will make a decision regarding future meetings in early May based on public health guidance.
If you’d like to look forward, we are hopeful that June 15 will bring us together for a meeting with speaker Denniele Bohannon (Where The Poppies Grow) presenting a program, “Forty Years in the Making.”
We will advise on spring program and workshop rescheduling at a later date.
In the meantime, continue to reach out and connect with your fellow quilters from a distance! While we don’t have opportunities to gather in-person, every contact you make means so much! At the same time that we reach out to each other, know that any sewing that you might be doing for the Coronavirus crisis, (masks and scrub caps, gowns … more masks) is making a difference!
If you are sewing for the crisis, it might be interesting to keep track of numbers of items you make. We’ll put out a call for numbers when things calm down and make a total for the Guild.
If you are interested in sewing for the cause, there is a Facebook Group, West Michigan OSMS – COVID-19 Open Source Medical Supplies, which is helping connect the talents of makers with requests from hospitals and nursing homes, including Spectrum and Holland hospitals. They are presently seeking individuals to sew masks, surgical scrub caps and gowns. On their Facebook page, volunteers are asked to complete a form including how can you help. If sewing, you are asked: what you are interested in sewing, whether you need materials, whether you would be interested in pick up or delivery of materials or products. After completing the form, patterns and instructions are available as well as drop-off locations and delivery information.
The Facebook group is pretty active, so it creates the atmosphere of working together! While not the same as a retreat or Sew-In, it definitely helps to create a feeling of community.
Know that we’re missing you all…the camaraderie, the learning, the fun…but that we will all benefit from Staying Home and Staying Safe!
The times are uncertain…looking for “what’s next” is a daily (or hourly!) event. Never have we found ourselves with so much “discretionary” time! Or at least it may feel like that…or it may not…this experience is different for everyone, I suspect!
The purpose of this email is to send along the next steps of the BOEOM Challenge so you can take advantage of the time you might have, whenever you have it. IMPORTANT NOTE: Even though we might be able to work ahead, completed blocks and final project end date remains the same as originally planned–October.
Attached, please find the instructions for the two remaining blocks as well as photographs of Betsy’s blocks. We’ll get these up on the website soon as well! I’ll also include the links for these online just to make sure everyone has access (we don’t need any additional technical issues, do we? )
Sending hugs to you all…the virtual kind…along with prayers for everyone’s health and safety. Take care…more to come soon!
I hope that this email finds you and yours doing well in these trying times. I’m writing to let you know of an opportunity to share our energies with the larger West Michigan community. I suspect you’ve heard about making masks to help in the fight against the COVID-19, and you may already be working on this cause for a local hospital or other caregiving entity.
Both Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health are accepting handmade masks, per information offered on their websites. We would invite you to consider this opportunity as a chance to contribute to the cause (and possibly make a dent in that stash… ).
Note that fabrics should be pre-washed before assembly, as we are uncertain how the masks will be sterilized/sanitized for use (read: it likely will include moisture and heat!) Following is information from each hospital organization, including the link to their “how-to-help” page for COVID-19 as well as a link to the instructions for their preferred pattern.
A closing thought as we consider the days and weeks ahead…and the uncertainty in all of this: how blessed we are to have a hobby that consumes us, a hobby that we can share with others, and a hobby that produces articles that are at once beautiful and useful. We can express ourselves and connect with the recipient or admirer alike. It’s a gift to have quilting in our lives always, but maybe, especially, in times of challenge. First Lady Grace Coolidge is credited with the below saying…if you haven’t seen it, perhaps it will nudge you to appreciate quilting just a bit more!
“Everyone should be taught to sew, not merely for the sake of making something, but as an accomplishment which may prove a stabilizer in time of perplexity or distress.
Many a time when I need to hold myself firmly, I have taken up a needle – a sewing needle, some knitting needles, or a crochet hook. Whatever its form or purpose, it often proved to
be as the needle of a compass, keeping me to the course.”
– First Lady Grace Coolidge
Sending our very best for your comfort and productivity (!) in the days ahead. We’re thinking of you!