2018 June 26th, Sew Pawlowski Class

Hello Big Red Quilters’ Guild members & blog followers! I hope your summer is going wonderfully (even with the rather flaky weather).

I’d like to remind you that we have a great class scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th. Sue Pawlowski of Jack Squares Studio will teach us a new way to construct hexies in the Oliver quilt class. You can find a picture of Oliver at her web site in the pattern section.

There is an option to make a throw, a baby quilt or a table runner in this class that runs from 9 am to 1 pm. I’m really excited because I purchased some grunge fabrics and can’t wait to see how they look in this pattern! You can put the 9 patches in the center of the ‘olives’ as the picture shows or use something else. Some of the board members are going to fussy cut from a printed fabric for those centers. I’m undecided but might just use a plain gray that matches my outside edges of my runner. Either way, it’s going to be fun and interesting! This would make a great gift; young people love the more modern quilts.
Templates can be shared so get with a friend and decide which quilt you want to make!

The guild has to pay for 15 spots, we have room for 20 and only have 8 signed up! I do
hope you have just forgotten to sign up and will consider doing so as soon as possible. Questions about the class can be directed to Kathy Ryzenga, and forms with payment should be mailed to Becky Stevens at the address on the form. You can find the forms at our website on the forms page.
Hope to see you at class on June 26th!!


BRQG welcomes Sandy Klop, American Jane Fabrics by MODA

General meeting, Monday, June 26, 2017


• President Pat Navis opened the meeting at 7:00 and welcomed everyone including speaker Sandy Klop, members and 11 guests.
• Lighthouse Guild is sponsoring a bus to the Fall Paducah show. More info will follow.
• We are still in need of a few tables for the lodge. If you’d like to donate see Pat Navis.
• Mary Botsis reported The Holland Police Department Crisis Unit has received 40 quilts. Members voted to split the remaining quilts between Holland Rescue Mission (each child gets a quilt and stuffed animal) and Resthaven dementia unit. Group quilting dates will be resumed in September (dates TBD).
• Refreshments – if your birthday falls in July or August be sure to sign up at the window during our break when you grab your cookies or beverage.

Kathy Meuller/Programs – Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these upcoming events:

• Tuesday, June 27 – Sandy Klop wheel class 10-4pm in the lodge, still a few openings
• Monday, July 24 – 6:30 PM Sew in at Beechwood Church Lodge (NOTE NEW TIME CHANGE)
• Monday, August 28 – 6:30 PM refreshments, 7:00 PM Tim Latimer, award winning collector and quilter
• Monday, September 25 – Rummage/Bake & Auction at Beechwood Church Lodge. Be thinking of items to donate, and friends to invite
• Monday, October 23 – Linda Thiefoldt machine quilter, trunk show and workshop

• CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Kathy is looking for someone to volunteer to lead the PROGRAMS team next year, as her board term ends in October. Kris Kennedy will stay on supporting the leader.

The guild is pleased to welcome speaker SANDY KLOP, quilter/designer of American Jane Fabric for MODA. Sandy, now a resident of California, shared her love of quilting, and her journey from quilter to designer, and how her designs are influenced by authentic Dutch costume fabrics she grew up around in her native Holland, Michigan. Sandy is teaching WAGON WHEELS, a full day workshop Tuesday at the Beechwood Lodge.

Show & Tell:
Thank you to all guild members for sharing their beautiful inspiring quilts this evening.

Raffle gifts were generously donated by:
Gall Sewing/Plainfield – fat quarters
Abbi May’s Quilt Shop/Muskegon – layer cake stack
Tote Bag

Pat thanked everyone and dismissed about 8:45 PM

Barb Schippa (filling in for Sally Zena, Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary)

Only Three spots left for Frieda Anderson Workshop!

Frieda Anderson Workshop Update

Three spots left!!! Hurry! Hurry!

Save your spot in the Seaside Village class with Frieda Anderson on March 27, 2017. The class will be held in the Beachwood Lodge from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Learn Frieda’s special method of fusing with no wasted fabric. Even your binding will be fused. We will work with Frieda’s hand dyed fabrics and create a piece you’ll be proud to display in your home. The cost of the class is $50.00 for members and $60.00 for nonmembers. Your payment in full insures your place in the class until the limit of 20 has been reached. There is also a $35.00 kit fee which covers the high quality hand-dyed fabric and the pattern.

Class spots are now open to members and nonmembers.

Members are responsible for providing their own lunches snacks and beverages. Coffee and tea will be available. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the lodge. Thirty minutes will be set aside for lunch so there is not time for going out.

If you have questions, call Kathy Mueller, program chair at 616-399-4685 or You may send your payment and reservation to me 1732 Red Stem Drive, Holland MI 49424.

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Ken Kutzel Antique Quilts

Monday, August 22, 2016



Barb Bredemeier – Welcome

Row Round Robin – tonight is the last night to sign up

Refreshment changes – bring a treat if it’s your birthday month

Barb Schippa/Saturday October 22 Shipshewana bus trip

Sign up before September 1 when the price goes up!

Vicky Gray /Treasurers summary

Barb Bredemeier/Volunteer Positions (open)

Vice President/2 year term (Barb is transitioning to treasurer)

Secretary/2 year term

Programs Asst./2 year term

Historian/photographer/2 year term

Sally Leep/Membership – 73 members, 39 present, 1 new member, 5 guests

Renewal reminders – September is renewal time, $30 dues are now due

All emails will include BRQG in the subject line to safely ID that its guild information

Kathy Meuller/Programs  

Monday, September 26 – all day charity quilt Sew In, Noon to 9:00 pm. See Andrea Aumick for details.

Monday, October 24 – workshop and evening program by modern quilter Debbie Grifka, $35 workshop fee + book cost.

Monday, November 28 – guild meeting in place of sew in (replaces December program which falls on Christmas day) “Working with Wool” hands on wool project. Each table will have a wool teacher. Members are asked to bring basic sewing supplies.

Monday, December 25 – Merry Christmas! No meeting…..

Mary Voss introduced close friend and speaker Ken Kutzel. Ken, previously an educator from the Detroit area and now a resident of the Saugatuck/Douglas area, has been collecting a wide range of antique quilts for the past 40 years, some in pristine condition and a few that needed gentle attention to bring them back to their original glory. Our members enjoyed Ken’s humor, enthusiasm, and kindred quilt spirit, graciously sharing more than 80 quilts ranging from early 20th century to mid-century, with an emphasis on art deco designs. He is drawn to oranges and greens, but mainly looks for well-balanced designs and unique quilts.  We broke for refreshments after his presentation, and then enjoyed more Show & Tell antique quilts from our members. No doubt everyone slept well thinking about all the lovely quilts they’d enjoyed.  Here is Ken’s vast collection……….


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


August Program Reminder

Please be sure to join us for our next program, Monday, August 22, 2016. Our evening speaker will be Ken Kutzel from Saugatuck who will share his in depth interest in antique quilts with a trunk show from his collection.

Members are encouraged to bring one or two of their own antique quilts for show & tell.

6:30 PM – Social Time

7:00 – Business meeting, program and show & tell

Beechwood Church, 895 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland, MI  49424


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilters Guild Secretary


Upcoming calendar

Wasn’t Ann Loveless great?!  It was so exciting to have such a great speaker at our guild!The board is working hard searching interesting speakers and programs.  Your suggestions are always welcome! Here’s what’s coming up:

May 23, 2016 – Sew in…. Yes, the weather is great and you might want to stay home to enjoy it.  But we would love to see you all!

June 27, 2016 – Red & White Challenge, with certified judge Sue Cortese

July 25, 2016 – Guild Picnic & Sew in

August 22, 2016 – Ken Kutzel, antique quilts trunk show

September 24, 2016 – Sew in

October 24, 2016 –

November 28, 2016 – Hands on wool workshop/sew in (in lieu of December meeting)

December  – No meeting

January 23, 2017 – Sew in

February 27, 2017 – Frieda Anderson, quilt artist/hand dyed fabrics, lecture & workshop

March 27, 2017 – Sew in

April 24, 2017 – Tim Lattimer, trunk show presentation

May 22, 2017 – Sew in

June 26, 2017 – Sandy Klop, American Jane fabrics/patterns

Mark your calendar to join us!


Barb Schippa

Big Red Quilter’s Guild Secretary