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

Archive for November, 2014

Christmas Party — Additional Information

Reminder: The HOF Guild’s Christmas Party will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m.

Note: If you have not signed up for the Christmas Party, there is still time! Please click on our RSVP form and fill out the information. You may also email Andrea O’Brien at  DEADLINE to sign up is December 12th.

IMPORTANT: Instead of exchanging presents, we will make a donation of canned goods to the local food bank and the Mission. Rose Marie and Gloria will take care of transporting the food to the two organizations. So, ladies, raid your pantry and fill up a bag of canned goods and bring them to the party! Let’s help our community. Together, we can make a difference!

Please remember to do the following 3 things for the party:

  1. Be sure to wear your UGLIEST sweater.
  2. Bring an UGLY fat quarter, wrapped, with your name on it.
  3. Bring canned goods for our local food pantry and Mission.

See you on the 17th!


November 2014 Show & Tell

Our November Show & Tell was a treat! Several members shared their beautiful quilts.

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2014-2015 Annual Challenge

The 2014-2015 Annual Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild Challenge has been announced!

The much anticipated 2014-2015 HOF Guild Challenge was revealed at the last guild meeting! With the upcoming workshop with Bonnie K. Hunter next year (September 17-19, 2015), the Challenge committee members (Peggy Clark, Michele Breault, and Susan Guffey) thought it would be appropriate to challenge the HOF Quilt Guild to make at least one quilt from the five patterns that were selected. Each one is shown below and most have two different versions for inspiration!

Here are the rules:

  1. Make at least one of the five selected.
  2. It/they must be completely finished by the September 16, 2015 meeting.
  3. You may do this by yourself, or you may form a group with others and trade blocks.
  4. All patterns with directions are available free on the website. (The list of patterns is on the right side of the screen, you may need to scroll down to find it.)

A printable copy of the Challenge 2014-2015 is available.

So, which one will you choose?

Good luck!!


Choice number #1: Boxy Stars

Boxy Stars is made with 2 ½” strips, cut into rectangles and squares. Each block forms a 12″ square. The directions are available from her website.

Boxy Stars, Version 1

Boxy Stars, Version 1


Boxy Stars, Version 2

Boxy Stars, Version 2


 Choice number #2:  Nine Patch Split

Nine Patch Split is also made with 2 ½” strips, cut into squares, rectangles, and made into half-square triangles. A block is also 12″. There is a braid pattern for the border, where she used 2″ squares and rectangles. The directions are available from her website.

Nine Patch Split

Nine Patch Split


 Choice #3: Pineapple Blossom

Pineapple Blossom’s directions are written for 2″ strips with 3 ½” squares, but she has added directions for 2 ½” strips and 4 ½ ” squares. Multiple layouts work with this, with or without sashing. The directions are available from her website.


Pineapple Blossom, Version 1

Pineapple Blossom, Version 1


Pineapple Blossom, Version 2

Pineapple Blossom, Version 2

Choice #4: Scrappy Mountain Majesties

Scrappy Mountain Majesties” is made from 8 ½” squares; each block finishes at 6″ x 7 1/2″, and there are many possible layouts. The directions are available from her website.


Scrappy Mountain Majesties, Ver. 1

Scrappy Mountain Majesties, Ver. 1

Scrappy Mountain Majesties, Ver. 2

Scrappy Mountain Majesties, Ver. 2


Choice #5: Strip Twist

Strip Twist” is strip-pieced by cutting triangles out of strip sets made from 2 ½” strips. The directions are available from her website.


Strip Twist, Version 1

Strip Twist, Version 1

Strip Twist, Version 2

Strip Twist, Version 2

November 2014 Program: “The Bonnie Hunter Challenge”

The November Program for the HOF Quilt Guild was presented by Peggy Clark, Michele Breault, and Susan Guffey. Not only did they issue the 2014-2015 Annual HOF Challenge, they highlighted quite a few Bonnie K. Hunter’s quilts that Peggy had made over the years, including several of the Challenge quilts: “Boxy Stars” (two versions!!)  and “Nine Patch Split”.  Peggy shared her method of organizing the patterns and brought four of Bonnie’s books for us to reference. Be sure to check out Michele’s hexi quilt–WOW!! Sit back and enjoy these beautiful quilts!

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Minutes from the November 2014 HOF Quilt Guild Meeting

Use this link to download and print a copy of our November 2014 Minutes.

Please leave any comments/corrections at the end.


NOVEMBER 19, 2014

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in room 202, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, Kirksville.  The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Di Zook.

Roll Call was answered by 27 members.  Minutes were approved as sent out.  Treasurer Joan Harrison presented her report and it was approved.


Retreat Report (November 8, 2014):  It was a great day and presenter, Dawn Heese, showed several “tricks” during her presentation.  If any person has additional pictures of the Retreat, Barb Bevell would like to have them & will put them on our blog.  There were 21 people in attendance and 14 took the class.

Treasurer Joan Harrison circulated the Treasurer’s Report, and it was approved.  We have an available balance of $2,217.98 plus Speaker’s Fund of $3,000.00, and Community Service Fund of $256.14.



Community Service Committee:

  1. Veteran’s Quilts Work Day: Thank you to all who came out for the Quilt ‘Til You Wilt in October! A lot was accomplished!  Many quilts for veterans were completed.
  1. Veteran’s Quilts Distribution: Something came up about our taking quilts to veterans at Quincy, IL, and it was decided to distribute some of them in the Kirksville area instead. Kathy East will give three to WWII veterans in the La Plata area.  The decision was made to send quilts to a home for homeless veterans in the Kansas City area, where there are both male and female veterans.  Some coats were also donated for them.  The woman who is in charge of the facility is a relative of Kay Beach and Kay will be responsible for getting the items to her.
  1. “Days for Girls” event: Celia Phillips reported that the pattern for the pads for the hygiene shields is still incorrect.  It is hoped they will soon have that perfected.  There are a number of restrictions on the fabrics that can be used and the pads they made were not quite right so they will be discarded.

Courtesy Committee:

It was noted that a couple people are ill:

  • Charlie Beach has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. A card will be sent to him.
  • Kay Field, a former member, is now at either Highland Crest or the Arbors. A card will be sent to her at Highland Crest and if she is at the Arbors, they will see that she receives it.

Scarlett Riley has married Jason Ragas and a card of congratulations will be sent to them.

Christmas Party:

The party will be Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the Methodist Church.  Everyone is encouraged to wear an “ugly sweater or “ugly vest.”  Each attendee needs to bring the “ugliest” fat quarter or ¼ yard cotton quilting fabric. The fabric is to be wrapped and have your name on it.

Cost is $12.50, payable at the door. Please RSVP by 12/12/14 to Andrea O’Brien at or on-line at:

Quilt ‘Til You Wilt:

There have been no “Quilt ‘Til You Wilt” days set up because no one signed up to serve on this committee.

Quilt Show Committee:

The contract for the 2015 Quilt Show has been signed and returned to the YMCA.  The show will be May 29-30, 2015.  The center portion of the Raffle Quilt is made, borders need to be attached.


  • Rose Marie Smith showed a baby quilt she has made for a boy to be born very soon. It had ships on it & was very bright.
  • Rose Marie also showed a “Sunbonnet Baby” quilt she put together. The “babies” were made by her mother and were already basted and ready to be sewed on blocks.
  • Kay Beach’s quilt, “Snow Days,” was shown by Rosemarie.
  • Bonnie Schultz showed a quilt completed for her grandson, entitled “Jackson’s Tractor Tracks.”
  • Gyla Elmore brought items that had belonged to her aunt who passed away.  She invited everyone to take anything they could use.
  • Marilyn Peck showed her quilt, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” which will be a gift.
  • Andrea O’Brien showed a Veteran’s quilt made for her brother who just retired from the Air Force.


Michele Breault, Peggy Clark, and Susan Guffey presented the program on the 2014-2015 Challenge Quilt for this year.  Everyone is encouraged to make a quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter, since she will be here in September.  The Committee picked 5 of Bonnie Hunter’s designs from which Guild members are to choose:

  • Boxy Stars;
  • Nine Patch Split;
  • Pineapple Blossom;
  • Scrappy Mountain Majesties; and
  • Strip Twist.

All these patterns are available free on the Quiltville website (

Peggy has made many of Bonnie Hunter’s quilts and showed the following beautiful quilts:

  • Boxy Stars
  • Nine-Patch Split
  • Smith Mountain Morning
  • Sisters’ Choice
  • Scrappy Bargello
  • Scrappy Trips Around the World
  • Wonky Houses
  • Chunky Churn Dash

Mystery Quilts:

  • Easy Street;
  • Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll;
  • Double Delight
  • Old Tobacco Road

Michele shared her amazing hexi-quilt inspired by one Bonnie Hunter had shown.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

October 2014 QTYW — “Quilting for Veterans”

We are a bit behind in posting these photos from October’s QTYW. It is probably a good thing, too, because we have more pictures to share!

The October 18th event was held at the Annex building in Kirksville. The HOF Guild members in attendance worked primarily on our Community Service project, making and finishing quilts for veterans, in time for distribution on Veterans’ Day. We even had a couple of hard-working guests helping! Our special helper was Bobbianne Magruder, granddaughter of Mary Magruder. It was said that she was very good at picking up pins and emptying our scraps… a quilter in training!

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Quilts for Veterans

On November 11, 2014, several members of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met to deliver quilts that had been made for veterans. A list of veterans in our local area was collected, and personal visits to homes, businesses, and local restaurants were made to find and deliver these quilts. The recipients were not informed ahead of time, and all were personally and visibly touched. Most of these veterans had recently returned from Afghanistan, or had served in Qatar, Iraq, or other locations. The men said how much they loved quilts, and how thankful they were for the thoughts and kindnesses.

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A thank you to all the members who were involved in making these beautiful quilts, quilting them, and delivering them. This is a very special and valuable service that our guild members are involved in each year. This service has been an ongoing project since 2009.