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Meeting Date Changes- Update from your Board

As we seek to move as many of our Big Red Quilters’ Guild meetings as possible to the third Monday of the month to avoid conflicts with the Beechwood Church food pantry distributions, we have an update for you confirming our fall dates.

Don’t forget to renew by Sept 30th for a chance at the big red basket of fun sewing supplies!

Monday, September 23 we will meet in The Lodge for a Charity Sew-In at 6:30.  Bring a machine, a charity project to work on, or a rotary cutter, ruler and mat to help cut out charity quilt kits using the guild’s fabric stash. We will have a chance to hear from Victoria Eddy of The Manasseh Project, who helps to distribute our charity quilts.

Monday, October 28 we will meet in the Great Room at Beechwood Church for refreshments at 6:30 followed by our speaker, Nancy Clark McNally, who promises to be entertaining sharing “What was I thinking?” Guest fee is $5

Tuesday, October 29 Nancy Clark McNally will teach a workshop in The Lodge on Home Machine Quilting With Rulers.  Sign up for the workshop using the application form available at https://bigredquiltersguild.org/forms-documents/.

Monday, November 18 (note the date change to the third Monday of the month) we will meet in the Beechwood Church Great Room at 6:30 for a finger-food pot-luck supper followed by a hands-on holiday make and take wool appliqué project with Jackie Bailey.

If your last name begins with A-R bring a finger-food appetizer, if it begins with S-Z, bring a finger-food dessert to share.

No meeting in December – holiday break

Monday, January 20 (note third Monday date) Sew-In at The Lodge

Please note: Beechwood Church has the policy that if the West Ottawa Schools are closed all events at the church are cancelled.  Any questions, call or text a board member for fastest response. 

This entry was posted on September 7, 2019, in News.

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 August 26 – Show & Tell

Photo’s by Ann Prins

Barb B’s Tulip Quilt designed in a Jane Sassaman class a few years ago.

BarbB's Tulip Quilt

Barb F’s Moda Blockhead Quilt

BarbFreeland's Moda Blockhead quilt

Barb F’s Tshirt Quilt

BarbFreeland's quilt

Carol V’s Modern

Carol's Modern design

Carol V’s Wolves quilt held by Barb B.

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Linda showing and modeling an apron made from a Jane Sassaman pattern.

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Marianne’s Dragon Fly quilt

MaryAnn's dragonfly quilt

Sally L’s Applique Sampler

SallyLeep's Quilt

Shirley’s placemats, quilt and table runner from the Mary Hogan workshop.

Shirleys Placematsshirleys quiltShirleys Runner from the Mary Hogan worksop

Meeting Reminder and News

There will be a special Sew Day on August 22nd from 9-4 at the Beechwood Lodge to make book pockets for chair backs. Here’s the scoop if you’d like to help out…  Did you see the recent news about Holland Language Academy having to move buildings? https://whtc.com/news/articles/2019/aug/08/mold-spores-close-holland-language-academy-for-2019-20-school-year/925920/ The teachers had to leave everything in the old building and are moving for a whole year!!   They need book pockets for the back of the chairs in the classrooms. So far there are 4 teachers that want them – ~ 26 students per class.  And there could be more!  Stretchy fabric will be provided. Here’s a picture of what they look like. https://heathershandmadelife.com/2017/09/diy-chair-pockets-for-classrooms.html


Our Guild meeting is Monday, August 26th! The Jane Sassaman workshop is full.  Please do still attend on Monday evening and hear her talk: Jane’s Textile Treasure Garden.  Arrive at 6:30, meeting starts at 7.  We will be meeting in the Beechwood Church Sanctuary – there will be signs and greeters to direct you!


Hard to believe it’s almost time for another round of renewals! But it is since our year runs from Oct 1 to Sept 30th. Check out the well appointed, very quilty and patriotic basket that has been put together as an incentive for you to join/renew before Oct 1.  Bring your cash or check made out to Big Red Quilters’ Guild to the August meeting or mail it in later – Just be sure it’s postmarked Sept 30th to be eligible for the basket!

A fun new Block of the Every Other Month Guild Challenge will be starting up at the August meeting!  The info will be passed at the meeting and will be on the website soon.
Future Programs and Sew-Ins:
The September 23rd Sew-In will be focused on charity quilts. Bring your sewing machine if you would like to sew one or your cutting tools to cut kits.

October 28th is  Lecture by Nancy Clark McNally titled: What was I thinking?  Workshop: Tuesday Oct 29th – Nancy will teach Machine Quilting with Rulers using your home machine. Sign up will be at the August meeting and on the web site soon!

November 25th  Sew-In will feature a Wool Applique Project led by Jackie Bailey.  We also think it would be fun if everyone attending would bring some finger food to share!

There will be no meeting in December.

An Event you might be interested in:
The Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild presents ‘Inspire Me!’ Quilt show.  Saturday, Oct 19th (10am – 5pm) and Sunday, Oct 20th (11am – 4pm) Admission $5. Location: Ballard Elementary School, 1601 W. Chicago Road, Niles, MI 49120. They promise Vendors, Boutique, Raffle Quilt, Refreshments, Silent Auction, 100+ Quilts on Display.

 

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!

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