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!


Members working on their make n take wool notebook cover project.72815517_1450342098454922_504723803343945728_o73088665_1450342041788261_7543797940150599680_o75534769_1450342208454911_3796591419959803904_o77117520_1450342151788250_2453651134724702208_o

Linda Slusar’s finished project.

Linda Slusar

Blocks from the BOEOM Challenge.



2018-11-26 Sew-in Meeting

Big Red Quilt Guild Sew In –Handmade Ornaments

November 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Beechwood Reformed Church

Barb Bredemeier, president, made several announcements at the beginning of the meeting: she encouraged members to sign up for the February workshop on tiled background and to sign up to bring refreshments for the February meeting. Two guests were introduced—Sara Briggs and Isolda Anderson.
Members present—26 plus 2 guests.
Then we began work in our groups. Each person present learned to create two different folded fabric ornaments from instructions and fabric provided by several table leaders.
Respectively submitted,
Lorelle Eberly


2018-24-September Minutes

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

Thanks to Betsy Muir and her committee, the evening Auction/Boutique was well attended and netted over $1,200 for BRQG. To the delight of all, Holiday socks, dish towels and fabric were given as door prizes every 15 minutes throughout the evening. Items not sold will be available at the October 22 meeting.

The October 22 meeting will feature a lecture by Lynn Carson Harris, election of officers and a basket presentation to an eligible member who paid their dues before the October 1 deadline. The October 23 workshop by Lynn Carson Harris is entitled, “Liberated Long Cabins”. See the website to sign up for the class.

Sally Zenas, Secretary

2018 July 23, Sew-In reminder

Hi Members!

We have a sew in coming up next Monday! Hope to see you there.  Don’t forget to bring your survey filled out if you didn’t have a chance to turn one in at the last meeting.  More info about that below.
TODAY is the LAST DAY for our Big Red Quilters’ Guild T- shirt fundraiser! Help the guild and get a great shirt or two! Women’s V-neck shirts are available in 4 colors, red, dark heather gray, heather navy, and heather slate.  The heather colors are cotton/polyester blend shirts and the red is 100%  preshrunk cotton, which may shrink a little.  Since the sizes run a bit small, you may want to order a size larger than you usually wear.  On-line orders will be taken through July 17, 2018 at .
Survey Info:There is one on the website that you can download and print. Scroll down past the class sign ups.  We ask that surveys be returned before or at the July 23rd sew-in. We would really love to hear your thoughts.
Registration for workshops: Bill Kerr ( August) & Lynn Harris (October) are now open. Visit the web site to print them. They will also be available at the July sew-in.
Do you have an item or talent you’d like to donate to the  BRQG Silent Auction & Gift boutique to be held in September 24th at the Beechwood Lodge? If so, contact Betsy Muir.  Plan to attend and bring a friend.
Membership renewal time is fast approaching! We will have renewal forms at the August meeting.  Renew early (or join new) to be eligible for a sewing basket at our October meeting. You do not need to be present.
Plan to attend the November 26th, Hands-on ornament making activity at Beechwood Lodge.
See you soon,

Janet Haines

This entry was posted on July 17, 2018, in Sew ins.

2018 March 26 Sew-in Pictures

17 Members and one guest participated in our sew-in.   Some worked on their own projects, some helped other members, some worked on the supper bags  and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.  Here’s some scenes.20180326_19463920180326_19464820180326_19465720180326_19471020180326_194726

A nice selection of charity quilts brought in.


And about 80 bags decorated!


2018 March News & Sew-in Reminder

The National Day of Quilting event held on March 17, was a wonderful day of sewing and fun! Many thanks to Barb Schippa for organizing!! Thanks to everyone who helped with the day, donated prizes and attended!  You’ll find pictures on Facebook and on the web site.

Sew in is Monday, March 26th! Bring your projects, machines, handwork and join in!

Don’t have a project to work on? We have a completely optional service project for you! At the March sew-in we will also be set up to decorate supper bags for Kid’s Food Basket ( ).   Kid’s Food Basket is a West Michigan non-profit who’s mission is  ” Empowering communities to attack childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.”    You can visit the web site for more information but basically they serve 800 sack suppers per day to children in need at 5 schools in the Holland area.

The children love to have decorated bags so that is a fun and easy way to contribute. I’m told that the children often save the bags and hang them on their bedroom walls.
 A local church has provided the bags to decorate.  We can decorate by ironing on fabric scraps or by coloring. There will be some fabric with fusible attached provided but if you have any scraps with fusible, bring them! There will be a few irons set up to use. Bringing your crafty scissors will be helpful too. If you would rather color the bags, bring your favorite coloring tools (no paint please).   After the sew-in, the bags will be returned to the church that provided them with a note saying they were decorated by BRQG members!  The church will get them to Kids Food Basket for us.
Sample of bags decorated:

Coming soon…
April 23rd –  Come to learn all about making scrappy projects and different types of boarders (including prairie points).
May – Memorial Day – no meeting
 June 25th, 26th –   Sue Pawlowski of Jack Squares Studio. “No Work-All Play” trunk show and Oliver quilt class. Samples will be available at the March sew-in and April meeting.  You can also find a picture of Oliver at her web site in the pattern section. 
Sign up sheets will be available soon.

Other Quilty Events

April Chicago Bus Trips – Lighthouse Guild (go to their web site to inquire, ) and Smith Owen (Looks like Smith Owen is full now)
This entry was posted on March 20, 2018, in News, Sew ins.

2018 January 22 Sew-In Meeting Minutes

JANUARY 22, 2018

CHARITY QUILTS : Pat Navis reported a need for Charity Quilts. Both the Holland Police Department and Survivors of Human Trafficking (Manasseh Project Housing and Barnabas Ministries) appreciate them, and our entire supply has been distributed. Mary Botsis needs people who will help with this.
She will work with quilters any way that works for them: 1) Donate a completed top, 2) quilt top kits are available, 3) make your own quilt kit from fabrics she has available, 4) backing and batting are available for those who want to machine quilt the sandwich together and, 5) apply binding. Please leave a message for Mary at 616-291-6383 or if you are willing to help with this project.
TULIP TIME QUILT SHOW: Colleen Dekker announced that brochures/application forms are now available for the 2018 Tulip Time Quilt Show. Applications must be submitted by April 2, 2018. Contact Colleen if you have questions

SUE CORTESE WORKSHOP AND TRUNK SHOW: Barb Sucher and Kathy Ryzenga reported that there is still space available for the Sue Cortese Half Square Triangle workshop Feb. 27 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Forms are available on the website. The Trunk Show will be Feb. 26 at 7:00.
REFRESHMENT COORDINATOR: New member, Sarah Howard, has agreed to coordinate refreshment volunteers. To volunteer, contact her at 616-368-9193 or

BUTTERFLIES ARE BLOOMING CHALLENGE: Bring completed projects to the February 26 meeting.
Sally Zenas, Secretary