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

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DECEMBER 17, 2014

The Hands Of Friendship Quilt Guild met in the Fellowship Hall of First Methodist Church, Kirksville, on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, for their annual Christmas Party.  The 26 members and 1guest present were given name tags indicating their preference of penne chicken or lasagna on the menu for the evening meal.  The round tables were covered with white tablecloths and decorated with small Christmas trees surrounded by Christmas ornaments and small handmade decorated boxes (Liz Mills made them) for each person at the table.  There were wonderful chocolates in those boxes!  A delicious salad, green beans, bread and drinks were also served, along with a dessert of chocolate éclair cake.


Each attendee was then asked to list the many items on the two small Christmas trees sitting on the table at the entrance.  The items included tape measures, needle cases, Christmas ornaments, handmade cloth Christmas ornaments, lights, handmade needle case, pincushion, needles, thread, Santa, sprig of gold, and various other items related to sewing/quilting and Christmas.  The winner was Scarlett Ragas who named 14 items and won a gift certificate to Wildflower Quilting, Greentop.


Remembrance of Jean Nevins:

Everyone was invited to select one or more fat quarters from a clothesline “in celebration of Jean Nevins:  quilter, artist, friend!”  It was announced that everyone was encouraged to use these fat quarters to make a 10 ½” finished block and bring that block to the January 14, 2015, meeting.  We were saddened by the passing of Jean and a memorial gift of $25.00 will be given to the First United Methodist Church, Kirksville, in her honor.  Thoughts about Jean were shared by a number of members.  She had started a quilt and various members of the Guild will finish that quilt,

December Birthdays:

  • Diane Jarvis
  • Kay Beach
  • Renae Farnsworth.

Community Service:

In the past we have given monetary gifts to the Helping Hands Mission and Community Food Depot at Christmas.  Andrea O’Brien made a motion, seconded by Alice Allinson, and a unanimous vote, to give $50 to each group.  Food items were also collected this evening to be divided between the two groups and they will be delivered tomorrow.  Rosemarie, Kay, and Gloria were taking care of those items.

Show & Tell:

  • Alice Allinson – Disappearing hour glass made for her son-in-law.;
  • Paula Presley – Strip Twist quilt made of Christmas fabrics;
  • Susan Guffey – quilt of trees and wild animals;
  • Bonnie Schultz – Quilt of Valor made for her son;
  • Marsha Yahl –109” square quilt made of “Underground Railroad” fabrics
  • Andrea O’Brien – Pillow cases and a Quilt of Valor made for her brother who recently retired from the Air Force.


All members were asked to wear their “ugliest Christmas sweater” to the party.  Many of the sweaters were amazing, unusual, and yes, “ugly”.  Others were rather pretty.  Winners both received a gift certificate from Prairie Moon Quilts.

The winners were:

  • Prettiest ugly sweater:  Mary Magruder
  • Ugliest ugly sweater:  Debbie Hudnall


Following the contest, everyone sat in a semi-circle and while Andrea read a story about quilters and quilting, wrapped “ugly fat quarters” were  passed to either the left or right.  The donors of the fat quarters were identified on the package.  What an array of fat quarters!  As in anything, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and many recipients thought the fat quarter they received was actually not “ugly”!

It was a fun evening for all!

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary   

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