This is the Newsletter of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild of Kirksville, Missouri.

Quilt Til You Wilt

  • DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • TIME: Doors open at 8 a.m.
  • LOCATION: the Annex (300 N. Franklin, Kirksville)
  • LUNCH: Carry-in and share an item for lunch OR bring your own lunch.
Thank you for the opportunity to share more information about the Beads of Courage bags that the Nunan family introduced us to at the March guild meeting.

Here is the website link: http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

There are several Beads of Courage YouTube videos. You’ll want to watch these and many others:

You might want to check out all kinds of Pinterest ideas, too:

We will have it set-up so you can sew, iron, pin, or serg Beads of Courage bags, if you wish.
See you Saturday for a fun filled day!

Well, it’s that time of year again!! The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild’s 33rd Annual quilt show is almost upon us. June 1st and 2nd will be here before you know it. It’s time to get your entries submitted. DEADLINE: May 15, 2018

There are two ways to submit your entries: online or in paper form. You may follow the “Online Entry Form” link below to submit it online, or click the “Paper Entry Form” to download and print the form, then mail or give it to Andrea O’Brien:

  1. Online Entry Form
  2. Paper Entry Form

Please complete one entry form per quilt. You may enter more than one quilt in any of the categories listed on the form. Due to space limitations, quilts will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

We are expecting another great show this year. Plan to be a part of it. Submit your entry form today! If you missed the deadline, please consider entering your quilt in the 2019 Show.

2018 — MARCH PROGRAM

We were blessed with a great program, plus several visitors who spoke, too!

First, Stan East presented a check to the guild as a result of memorials for his wife, Kathy East, a guild member who passed away earlier this year.

Next, Macy Nunan and her father Lathe spoke to the group about Beads of Courage.  Macy is a ten-year-old girl who had a benign tumor in her jaw and was treated at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The ordeal kept her out of school for about a year.

Beads of Courage is a program for children with chronic conditions. It allows them to tell their own story.  The child receives a bead for every treatment that is done; e.g., x-ray, taking of blood, etc.  Bags are used to store the beads.  Each bag has an official tag to indicate that it is a Beads of Courage bead bag.  This program is for girls and boys up to age 18. Macy asked for our assistance to make bags.  Pattern guidelines for making a bag were handed out along with an official label.  The Hands of Friendship Guild decided to purchase 2,000 tags, and guild members will make bags in memory of Kathy East.

Meredith Willcox has been working with Macy on how to make a quilt. Macy showed the baby quilt that she made for a new cousin who is due in April, and a quilt her great-great-grandmother made.

Our third guest was Thomas Richardson, a folklorist from the Missouri Folklore Society, who was here to observe.  He wanted to visit with our members about quilting and to photograph our show and tell.  The Missouri Folklore Society promotes folk and traditional arts in Missouri.

Sue Schneider presented our program on Days for Girls. She started the Kirksville chapter of the national organization after she read an article in the Rotary magazine that explained that girls would miss school because of their menstrual periods.

Days for Girls puts together sustainable menstrual kits.  Each kit contains a ziplock bag, two shields (100% cotton), 8 liners (100% cotton flannel), two pair underpants, a washcloth, an extra ziplock bag, directions, a pictorial explanation, a cycle calendar, and a small bar of soap.  There is also an education component to the program.  Kits are expected to last three to five years.  Fabrics should be bright and colorful and pretty to camouflage stains and be very attractive to look at so there is no taboo to hang on a clothesline.  The colors should be dark, botanical, with no bugs or insects, and culturally sensitive.

The local chapter is looking for sewers.  They meet on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Northeast Missouri Health Council conference room on Crown Drive.  Sewers need to bring a sewing machine, tape measure, scissors, and seam ripper.  The chapter will provide the pattern, fabric, and instructions.  They now have three new sewing machines.  They also have lots of non-sewing tasks.  If a person wants to sew at home, he/she can start with a sample package, get the sewing inspected, and then can be on their own.

There will be a three-day event at Missouri Star Quilting Company in Hamilton at the end of September; this is sponsored by the international organizations Days for Girls.  250 plus 70 kits have already been made by the local chapter.  The kits mostly go to Africa, including Malawi and Uganda.  The program has a tremendous reach because the girls show their mothers, sisters, and aunts.  One million women have been reached as of January 1, 2018; kits are also used in the United States.

If you plan on attending a Saturday session, please let Sue know that you are coming (www.kirksvillemo@daysforgirls.org).

 

What a wonderful Show & Tell we had this month! Enjoy the talent of our members. (A big thank you goes out to Kathaleen Winkleman for the photos this month!)

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What a wonderful time everyone had at the 2018 HOF Spring Retreat, held at the Kirksville Arts Center, March 9th and 10th. Friday night was a trunk show by Stephanie Soebbing of Quilt Addicts Anonymous. Saturday, Stephanie taught two classes, called “Stripping in Paradise” and “Charm Squared”.

Enjoy the many pictures of the event. Thanks to all who planned and attended the retreat!

The Program, called “Cake Mixes, Canoes, Spider Webs and Paper on a Roll”, was presented byRose Marie Smith, Kay Beach, Pat Kurtzeman, and Diane Jarvis.

For paper piecing newspaper or sheets of paper can be used to make a crossed canoes pattern.  This has two downfalls:  the paper needs to be removed, and there are lots of scraps.

The log cabin is the most fabric economic pattern.  “Homeward Flight” was made many years ago.

Spider web quilt uses copy paper.  The blocks are 8” square.  This design uses a template and scraps.  Four blocks equal the web.  Hints for paper piecing:  shorten stitch length, use newsprint (Dick Blick is a source to purchase a ream), and a tracing wheel could be useful to perforate the paper.

Cupcake mixes use charms; cake mixes use a layer cake.  The cupcake kit comes with 42 sheets; sew on the dotted lines, and cut on the solid lines.