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

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 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