Updates and Monday meeting reminder

Hello and Happy New Year to each of you!  We wanted to share reminders, notes and updates to get your Guild Year started!  So settle in for a bit of a read and keep this email handy!

Sew-In January 20, 2020.  We’re kicking off 2020 with a Guild Sew-In Monday, January 20, 6:30 pm at the Beechwood Church Lodge!
  • Bring your own project, hand or machine, or work on preparing quilt kits for charity.
    • Our Charity Quilts committee will have patterns and materials (freshly sorted and updated!) available.
  • Vicki Potgeter from Project Linus will tell us more about this program, beginning at 7 pm.
    • The Guild will be working with Project Linus to bring quilts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18 years.  All types of blankets are welcome:  quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crochet or knitted afghans and receiving blankets.
    • For Children:  36” x 36” to 40” x 40″
    • For Teens:  40” x 60” and 60” x 70”
  • We will continue to work with Manasseh Project through Wedgewood Christian Services to aid the rescued teens from human trafficking.  20 to 25 quilts needed per year.
    • Size:  48” x 60” (or larger).

Upcoming events:  
February 17 meeting information.  On Monday, February 17, we will meet in the Great Room at Beechwood Church for refreshments at 6:30 followed by our program, “Artists Among Us”.  This program features quilters from our Guild who will share a selection of their quilts and the stories behind them!  It promises to be an engaging and inspiring program, and gives us the chance to get to know each other better!
  • Block of Every Other Month Guild Challenge.  Participants continue their hard work on this project, with the next block due at the February 17 meeting.  Don’t forget to bring your completed blocks to the Meeting for the drawing!  Website link is: which will have the link to the Moda block posted shortly after each meeting.
Tulip Time Quilt Show.    Note the entry form deadline of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Visit for more information about all things Tulip Time!
March meeting information – On Monday, March 23, we will again meet in the Great Room at Beechwood Church for a program featuring Deborah Richmond, with a lecture, “Best Quilters’ Tools and Gadgets”.  Deborah runs the Quilted Turtle online quilt shop, personally testing and approving each product included in the shop, relying on her 30 years of quilting experience to share tools designed to make your quilting easier and faster!  This program should be a thought starter as we all try to make the most of every quilting moment!
BRQG Quilt Retreat info, March 24-26. – To continue a week of All-Things-Quilt, the Guild retreat will be held at Tiara Yachts Corporate Center March 24-26, 2020.  There are three spaces left for those who are hand sewing.  Please email if you would like one of these hand sewing spots or want to be placed on the retreat waiting list for machine sewers.
Tiled Backgrounds Workshop, April 28.  Spaces are available!  We will have registration available for the class, “Tiled Backgrounds Gloria Loughman Style”  scheduled for April 28, 10-4 pm.  Barb Bredemeier and Janet Haines will lead this workshop.  For more informationvisit
Inclement weather reminder – If West Ottawa schools are closed for inclement weather during the winter months, all activities at Beechwood Church are cancelled.
NOTE:  You can help yourself to a full bolt of great information at our website, !  You’ll find Guild news and information.  You will need the password for the Members page (which includes our membership list and contact information).  That Password is brqgmembers.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Bridget Morel
This entry was posted on January 17, 2020, in News.

2019 Nov 18 Sew-in Minutes

BRQG November 18, 2019, Sew-In

The Big Red Quilt Guild met November 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at Beechwood Reformed Church for a Sew-In. Kris Kennedy, vice president, called the meeting to order. One guest was introduced. The group remembered Vicky Gray, a founding member of BRQG who passed away on November 7, 2019, with a moment of silent reflection.

Barb Bredemeier gave instructions for going through the finger-food buffet, and we all enjoyed a delicious selection of appetizers and desserts brought by BRQG members.

Kris reminded us that there will be no meeting in December. January is a Sew-In at the Beechwood Lodge. February we will be viewing and discussing a video on designing quilt borders. March’s meeting will feature best quilting tools and gadgets.

Several members had brought their Block of the Every-Other-Month Challenge and displayed them on a table. Nora Slikkers won the raffle drawing for this month’s prize for participants: a packet of fabric.

Kathy Ryzenga talked about the Linus Project and had information sheets with sizes for Linus Project charity quilts.

Jackie Bailey then gave instructions for our evening project, a wool applique cover for a small notebook. Jackie had made kits for three different cover designs, and members proceeded to work on this project for our activity event. Many thanks to Jackie and her helpers for all the work that went into making up these kits.

Near the end of the meeting, we had Show and Tell. The raffle quilt for Tulip Time 2020 was displayed, and nine other projects created by members were shown to the group.

The meeting ended at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Lorelle Eberly, secretary

2019 Nov 18 -Sew in Show n Tell

Thanks to Ann Prins for the Photos and names.


Veteran Tribute Quilt with photos


Made by Carmen Smith


Made by Mary Botsis


A Christmas table runner.


Veteran Tribute Quilt


Bobbie Vruggink and her circle of care quilt.


Above -Raffle Quilt for 2020 Tulip Time. 



Pat Navis with her wool applique quilt.

2019 Nov 18 – Sew-In Wool Project

Thanks to Jackie Bailey for a great program!  Thanks to Ann Prins for the photos!

Some of Jackie’s  Creations.


Our finger food banquet!


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Linda Slusar’s finished project.

Linda Slusar

Blocks from the BOEOM Challenge.



Sew – in Reminder

Monday, November 18 ( third Monday) we will meet in the Beechwood Church Great Room at 6:30 for a finger-food potluck supper* followed by a hands-on holiday make and take wool appliqué project with Jackie Bailey.   The kit will be free to members. Non-members can join us for $5.  To ensure that there are enough kits, please be sure to sign up by sending an email to Kathy R at as soon as possible.  If you have already signed up, thank you!

Please bring basic sewing supplies:

  • Straight pins
  • Needles: Embroidery/Tapestry Size # 18, 24, 10  (These have a larger eye for the thicker thread.)
  • Needle threader  (we will have a few extra)
  • Scissors
  • Neutral thread
  • Bring a task light (such as Ott brand ) this will help with threading needles.

*Finger-food potluck supper: 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.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday–with pot-luck goodies and wool applique, what’s not to love!  See you soon!

This entry was posted on November 12, 2019, in News.

2019 October 28 – Snow n Tell & Charity

Member Quilts for Show & Tell


Barb Schippa’s from the Jane Sassaman workshop



Betsy Muir


Barb Post


Sally Zenas


Kris Kennedy


Ann Prins


Cute Socks fabric on the back of Betsy’s


Jackie Bailey


Back of Betsy’s


Karen Keip


Betsy Muir


Barb Schippa


Mary Nienhuis – Jane Sassaman workshop


Barb Bredemeier

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Jackie Bailey


Phyllis Graham


Kris Kennedy


Ann Prins

Charity Quilts turned in

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Photos by Ann Prins