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

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JANUARY 21, 2015

The Hands Of Friendship Quilt Guild met in Room 202 of First Methodist Church, January 21, 2015, for their regular meeting.  Roll Call was answered by 23 members and one guest, Ms. Sue Schneider, speaker for the evening.  We welcomed Susan Howaii who now is a permanent resident of Kirksville, having moved recently from Florida.

January birthdays:

  • Evelyn Glasgow
  • Debbie Hudnall
  • Kathy Krog, Bonnie Schultz
  • Rose Marie Smith
  • Lori Smith-Patterson
  • Sandy Weber.


The December party “wrap-up” was approved as sent out.  A number of blocks were turned in that are to be used in a quilt honoring long-time member Jean Nevins.  The fabrics had been in Jean’s stash and were given out at the Christmas Party.  These completed blocks were to be 10 ½” square and since most of the blocks turned in were 10 ½”, the few that were larger will be adjusted to meet the 10 ½” size.

Treasurer Joan Harrison circulated the Treasurer’s Report and there were no questions.


President Di Zook related that in February, due to Ash Wednesday falling on our regular meeting night of February 18, other arrangements will need to be made.  Di reserved the Annex building for that night in case we would want to meet there.  Kay Beach made a motion that we meet at the Annex on February 18, seconded by Alice Allinson, and it was approved on a unanimous vote.

Community Service Chair Renae Farnsworth announced that National Guard member, Brad Young, had picked up 15 quilts, which will be given to those who have served in Afghanistan.  Project Linus will have their “Make a Blanket Day” Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Shrine Club, 2401 S. Baltimore St.  They are particularly in need of blankets for teens, size 50” x 72”.  If we already have quilts in that size on hand, they can be given for the teens.

Kay Beach thanked everyone for all the food, prayers, and support, provided while Charlie was in the hospital and since his return home.  She was appreciative of all the Guild members supporting her during this time.  Gyla Elmore, who now lives in Columbia, came by the hospital every day to see Kay and/or Charlie.

Everything is now posted on line on our Blog.  It was announced that Andrea O’Brien and Alice Allinson will have the program in February.  Alice announced the Raffle Quilt for the Quilt Show is in the final stages of being pieced and should be put on the machine next week.  There was some discussion of the Christmas Party and what fun was enjoyed.

We can start picking out our classes and begin registering soon for the Bonnie Hunter event in September.


  • Andrea O’Brien:
    1. Baby quilt made for her cousin’s child
    2. “Grand Illusions,” a Bonnie Hunter 2015 mystery quilt
  • Scarlett Ragas:
    1. Cheater Quilt completed that she had on hand
    2. Small quilts with pillow
  • Susan Chidester:
    1. Winter Table Topper
    2. Table Runner
    3.  “Disappearing Pinwheel” Table Runner
    4. Apron
    5.  “Disappearing Pinwheels” Quilt
    6. Large quilt with “Something Stars”
    7. Origami Bag
  • Shelley Paglai:
    1. Passed around her new Quilt Book and a pattern in the Kansas City Star
  • Rose Marie Smith:
    1. Embroidery Quilt
    2. Pine Tree” Quilt
  • Joan Harrison:
    1. Quilt for her new great nephew
  • Di Zook:
    1. “Rolling Along” with cowboy hats (her second quilt for grandchildren with only 12 more to go!)
  • Kay Beach:
    1. Quilt of “brown” fabrics for Charlie—hard not to put a border on the quilt
    2. Tumbler blocks
    3. “Tulip” quilt (pattern on napkins owned by Reva
    4. Quilt #2 for Charlie had an interesting center panel with blocks of carpenter tools and equipment


Sue Schneider was introduced.  She is very involved with the Rotary International project, “Days for Girls,” and gave a Power Point presentation on this project.  Most young girls in many countries feel isolated, exploited, and lonely and this is a project for menstrual health management.  They provide hygiene kits and education, thereby helping girls stay in school.  It is hoped the girls can learn to make the kits for themselves and others.

Celia Riggle showed the items that make up a kit.  The fabrics can have no insects, nothing on the fabric with “eyes” or “faces” and they are very strict on how these items are made.  They want the kits to be well done, bright, and beautiful.


40 yards of fabric for the liners;

12 yards of fabric for the shields; and

100 gallon-size zip-lock freezer bags (2 for each kit).

In addition, there is a “special” plastic in the liners.

Travel bars of soap are also included in the kits and donations of those would be greatly appreciated!

There are 70 nations involved in this project and 3 other teams in Missouri besides the Kirksville area team.  One of Rotary’s main goals is to raise awareness about this issue.

If you would like more information, you can go to  At a later time, the Kirksville team will be in need of help to assemble the kits.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

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