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

Use this link to download and print a copy of our March 2015 Minutes.

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MARCH 18, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in room 202 of the Methodist Church, March 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m. For this meeting, the program was presented first, followed by the business meeting, and a Silent Auction of items owned by Jean Nevins.

After Jean’s passing, the family graciously donated her “quilty” items to the Guild. Meredith Wilcox and others had placed her items in boxes, baggies, etc. and they were displayed in the hall and at the back of the meeting room. There was a lot of fabric, knitting items, quilt magazines, etc.


Linda Pickett and Jane Eitel presented the program based on the book, “Civil War Sewing Circle.” Quilting was a major outlet for women’s “volunteerism,” and during & after the war, they became property owners and were more vocal publicly. Many of the slave women joined the Union Army. There were food shortages and the women had to learn to garden. They also became store owners, teachers, and nurses, since they now had to support themselves. The northern women received a supplemental check from the government but the southern women did not. Alms houses (women’s shelters) were created during this time.

Readers for the program included Di Zook, “A Dreadful War,” Liz Mills, “Sewing for a Cause;” Kathy East, “Sweet Sociability;” Jane Eitel, “Tokens of Affection;” and Linda Pickett, “With This Needle.” They displayed various items from the Civil War Era or items they had reproduced representing that era.

Several members showed quilts they had made to represent the quilts of the Civil War era:

  • Kay Beach, “Grandma’s Porch,” and “Anvil;”
  • Peggy Clark, “Reap the Whirlwind,” and “Butternut in Blue;”
  • Bonnie Shultz, “Bonnie’s Creation,” made of interesting reproduction fabrics.

Following the program, there was a break and everyone was encouraged to look through Jean’s quilt-related items and place their bids on the papers provided. There was a minimum bid of $1.00 on many items.


President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.. Roll Call was answered by 32 members and one guest, Stephanie Hettinger, was introduced.  She plans to join our guild. The minutes were approved as distributed. Treasurer Joan Harrison did not circulate a hard copy of the Treasurer’s Report tonight, stating it was almost the same as last month. She did remind us there are monies set aside for the Speaker Fund (Bonnie Hunter) and also the needs of the Community Service Committee. A copy of Joan’s report is attached to the minutes.


Everyone was given an opportunity to sign up for all the Bonnie Hunter classes and their money was collected. Linda Pickett announced that after tonight, the general public will be invited to sign up for classes and she feels there will be no problem filling all the classes, which are:

  • September 17 (Thu)—(Half-day class) “Playing with Jacks
  • September 18 (Fri)—(Full-day class) “Jared Takes a Wife
  • September 18 (Fri)—(Evening) Trunk Show (Members are to bring cookies)
  • September 19 (Sat)—(Full-day class) “Texas Tumble Weeds” *required purchase of the book, “More Adventures with Leaders and Enders”

All classes/trunk show will be at the Novinger Fire Station, Novinger, MO. A lunch buffet will be available both Friday and Saturday for $10 per person. In addition, there are a couple restaurants in Novinger where anyone can get a meal if they so desire or you are welcome to “brown bag” your lunch.


Member News:

Kathy East announced the National Commander of the American Legion will be in La Plata April 4, and he will be presented with a quilt made by our Guild members. Renae Farnsworth made that quilt available.

Kathy read a “Thank You” note from Leonard Brokaw of La Plata, in appreciation of the quilt presented to him as a veteran of WWII.  Kathy & Stan East have presented quilts to 3 other WWII veterans recently and the La Plata American Legion Commander has gone with them for those presentations.

Shelly Pagliai was featured recently in the new Macon paper.



Evelyn Glasgow’s husband, Bob, was taken to St. Louis today where he will have heart surgery.  A card will be sent to them.


Barb Bevell announced she has received a number of pictures of Guild activities in years past from Susan Bell. She would appreciate pictures from any Guild member.


  • Vendors:
    • Scarlett Ragas announced that the vendor letters will be going out tomorrow.
  • General Information:
    • Our Quilt Show was listed on the YMCA calendar for only one day instead of two. Scarlett tried to straighten that out but the YMCA has not called her back. She does have a signed contract listing both May 29 and 30, 2015. The rental fee is $400, including an extra room on the 30th, so the vendors and workers can have a place to eat lunch on Saturday. When asked if the rental had been paid, Scarlett said we usually pay after the Quilt Show and Treasurer Joan Harrison agreed that was the way it has been done in the past.
    • Kathy East said she would bring a lot of plastic sacks for use on the 2’ x 4’s prior to the installation of the “sleeves.”
    • Some of the standards are in disrepair and need to be checked. Kay Beach mentioned there was a good possibility Charlie would not be “up” to taking care of them this year and Kathy felt Stan would not be able to assist with that either. Kathy suggested perhaps we could get Keith Peck to assist in this way.
    • There was a suggestion that perhaps we could “free up” some standards by putting the small wall hangings on a clothesline with clothespins.
    • There was a suggestion that this might be a good time to at least “think” about using PVC pipe standards instead of the wood. One suggestion was that we might try one (1) set or cube and see if it worked out well. Either way, there will be some expense as neither heavy duty PVC pipe or wood is cheap! More information is needed before we invest too much money and time on either solution. Alice Allinson will talk with Lynn Dirkse about the PVC pipe set-up and report at the April meeting.
  • Raffle Quilt:
    • Alice Allinson displayed the 2015 raffle quilt, “Magic of Spring,” and it is beautiful. The paper-pieced quilt is mainly white, with spring flowers in 5 different colors, and wonderful quilting in white.
  • Future Ideas:
    • There was a suggestion that we think about changing the quilt show entrance fee. It was felt this could not be done this year because the letters are ready to go out but that perhaps we could act upon that possibility before the 2016 Quilt Show.


  • Carol Snider
    1. Tee shirt quilt in memory of a friend’s husband who was a veteran and also a motorcycle rider.  The shirts were various sizes and sewn next to each other with no sashing.
  • Celia Riggle
    1. Quilt she made for a daughter.
  • Susan Howaii
    1. 3 small quilts, including a “crazy” quilt.
  • Bonnie Schultz
    1. Quilt made with fabrics from Alaska and Arkansas.
  • Michele Breault
    1. She finished her “hexi” quilt with literally thousands of very small hexis (1 ½”).
  • Sarah Spearman
    1. Lap quilt, all blocks contained cats and large gray mice were appliquéd in the borders.  Her mother did the quilting.
  • Linda Kowalski
    1. “Coast Guard Star” made for Moda’s “Peace and Comfort Challenge.”
  • Meredith Willcox
    1. Three “crazy quilt” panels for her daughter’s “theater” in their home.  The panels will have Styrofoam inside them to control the sound.  She embellished the 3 quilts with family tatting, crocheted items, etc.,
    2. Table runner from Jean Nevins’ stash.
  • Alice Allinson
    1. Her “My, My, My Sedona” entry for Paducah is on the front of the Paducah Quilt Show flier.
  • Stephanie Hettinger
    1. A quilt made from pink fabrics, with the “pink ribbon design” in the center.  She made it for someone who will be receiving chemo.
  • Barb Bevell
    1. Child’s “Ragtime” quilt that is both an “I Spy” and “matching” quilt.
  • Elsie Gaber
    1. Showed the quilt that has been put together so far with fabrics from Jean Nevins’ stash   Some turned in additional blocks tonight.

Following Show & Tell, the meeting was adjourned and attendees were given 10 minutes to make last-minute offers for Jean Nevins’ fabrics, etc., and then pay for their purchases.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

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