Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild Kirksville, Missouri, Honors Jean Nevins
April 18, 2015
Jean Nevins was a member of the Quilters Guild over 25 years. With her recent passing, the Guild wanted to honor her by making a quilt that would be auctioned at the Rotary Club of Kirksville–Thousand Hills’ 3rd annual reverse raffle fund raiser. The guild received six quilt squares Jean had previously made and integrated her work into the quilt. Additionally, 22 Quilt Guild members made squares to contribute to the beauty of the quilt. The center of the quilt is the Apache Wedding Prayer stitched by Elsie Gaber—a project started in 1984 and finished on the day that Jean passed. A special label made by Pat Kurtzeman was sewn on the quilt that reads: in celebration of Jean and Jim Nevins, friends, artists, quilter. Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild 2015. Shelly Pagliai quilted and bound the quilt.
The Apache Wedding Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.