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

Archive for May, 2015

Hands of Friendship Guild is Represented on KTVO

Kay Beach and Alice Allinson appeared on KTVO’s Good Morning Heartland program with Ela Soroka to talk about our upcoming Quilt Show and to show our raffle quilt. The gals did a great job and represented our organization well. Thanks Kay and Alice! In case you weren’t up at 6:15 a.m. when the show aired, here’s the link to the KTVO site.

Minutes from the May 2015 HOF Quilt Guild Meeting

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MAY 20, 2015

The Hands Of Friendship Quilt Guild met in Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church, Kirksville, on May 20, 2015. President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. May birthdays were announced. Roll call was answered by 38 members. The April minutes were approved as received via email and postal service.


A thank you note from the American Legion Auxiliary, La Plata Post 282, was read to the group. Because he was impressed with the lap robes presented to several La Plata veterans through the Guild’s “Project 4 Veterans,” the La Plata American Legion Commander had asked if we might be able to present a Veteran’s quilt to the American Legion National Commander when he visited the La Plata American Legion on April 4, 2015. A U.S. Army lap quilt was provided by Renae Farnsworth and presented to the National Commander by Kathy East. In appreciation, the Auxiliary sent their thanks for the quilt and a donation to the Guild to be used in purchasing items needed for the lap robe project.

Bonnie Hunter Event:

Linda Pickett announced that the Bonnie Hunter Workshop in September is full!


2015-2016 Officers:

President Di Zook announced that Andrea O’Brien has agreed to be Vice-President of the Guild in the 2015-2016 year, with the other officers remaining the same:  Di Zook, President; Kathy East, Secretary; and Joan Harrison, Treasurer.


  • QUILT SHOW: Scarlett Ragas
  • Ribbons: Meredith Willcox reported the awards and ribbons are completed and displayed them.  They have a very colorful “big top” to go along with our theme, “Under the Big Top,” and they look GREAT!
  • Bed Turning: Kay Beach requested additional Bonnie Hunter design quilts for the Bed Turning and some individuals said they would bring quilts they had made. The “Bed Turning” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29; and at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,  May 30. Other demonstrations on hand piecing/quilting and machine piecing will be held during the “off” times.
  • Publicity:
    • Barb Bevell reported brochures have been mailed to quilt shops that didn’t have them. Other brochures were handed out this evening for placement in other spots that do not have one. For her records, please email Barb with the places where you have posted brochures!
    • Alice Allinson and Kay Beach will be on “Good Morning Heartland,” Monday, May 25, approximately 6:15 a.m. promoting our Quilt Show.
    • Kay Beach and Rose Marie Smith will be on the “Coffee Break” show for Memphis radio.
    • More large signs need to be made and Linda Kowalski made a motion, seconded by Alice Allinson, to have 10 signs made at a cost of $25.00 each. The motion carried.
    • The committee asked if there were other suggestions for advertising. There was a question about advertising on the marquees of Rider Drugs and the Bank of Kirksville, as in the past, and the committee will check on that.
  • Vendors: Marsha Yahl announced there will be room for seven (7) vendors and two vendors were turned down because they did not send the required fee with their applications. Space numbers will be drawn from a hat/or box and the vendors will be assigned their spots down the east wall and across the south wall via that method.
    • Vendors are:
      • Sew Creative, Donna McAdams, Salisbury
      • Prairie Moon Quilts, Shelly Pagliai, New Cambria
      • B & B Creations, Dean Boyd, Tracy, IA
      • Sawyer Creek Artistry, Rich Wolpert, Rogersville, MO
      • W J Stitchery, Wanda Cagle, Kirksville
      • Quilted Square, Tammy Jones, Kirksville
      • Wildflower Quilting, Karen Farnsworth, Greentop.
    • There was a motion by Alice Allinson to rent 40 chairs from Jerry McMain for the Quilt Show. Barb Bevell seconded the motion, and there was a unanimous vote. These chairs will be used by the vendors, set at the ends of the quilt standards, used in the kitchen area, and used for the bed turning.
  • Working Shifts: Sign-up sheets were circulated and members were asked to sign up for the various “jobs”:
  • Friday, May 29:
    • Assist with quilt check-in at 7:00 a.m
    • Put sleeves on 2 x 4’s before 10:00 a.m. (or as soon as we can get in)
    • Set up the standards and hang quilts at 10:00 a.m. (or earlier)
    • Collect donations at the door
    • Sell tickets on the raffle quilt
  • Saturday, May 30:
    • Collect donations at the door
    • Sell tickets on the raffle quilt
    • Serve in the kitchen: food for the vendors. (Workers arrive by 11:00 a.m.)
    • Assist with quilt check-out (a little before 4:00 p.m.)
    • Assist with tear down (around 4:00 p.m.)
    • Other jobs as necessary.
  • Quilt Standards:
    • Keith Peck is making sure all the standards are in good shape. Several volunteered to bring plastic bags to wrap the 2 x 4’s and it was mentioned we may need additional masking tape to secure those bags prior to putting the “sleeves” on them.
    • Susan Guffey, Marilyn & Keith Peck, and Marsha Yahl will assist with getting the standards, etc. out of storage.  Marsha will drive the truck & trailer to the storage area. She will need a driver to back in the trailer at the Y because Pete is physically unable to do that this year.
  • Quilt Show Book:
    • Kathy Krog is making the quilt show books.
    • Pictures of Jean Nevins and/or her quilts are needed so we can honor Jean in the quilt show books—get them to Kathy Krog immediately!
  • Community Service Table: Renae Farnsworth distributed index cards for everyone to tell what community service they have done this year, including Veterans’ quilts and Project Linus quilts.


  • Liz Mills
    • “Veterans’ quilt”
  • Marsha Yahl
    1. “Buckeye Beauty”
  • Marilyn Peck
    1. charity quilt
  • Meredith Willcox
    1. quilt from Dawn Heese Retreat
  • Andrea O’Brien
    1. “Wedding Quilt” with spaces for signatures of wedding attendees
  • Maria Bradshaw
    1. Lymphoblastic leukemia quilt
  • Mary Magruder
    1. “Circus theme quilt”
    2. “Iron caddy”
  • Debbie Hudnall
    1. “High School Is Crazy,” t-shirt quilt
  • Diane Bloskovich
    1. “Fun with Blue and Brown”
  • Joan Harrison
    1. “Nine-Patch in a Star”
  • Stephanie Hettinger
    1. Shared the joy that she is expecting!
  • Di Zook
    1. “Quilt with pictures of friend’s dog.”  She used her new machine to embroider the dog’s name on the quilt.  (They fish in Canada at this friends’ place.)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

May 2015 Show & Tell

Below is a slide show of the Show and Tell for the month of May.

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Quilt Shows from the past….

Here’s a collection of photos from the Hand of Friendship Quilt Guild’s Quilt Shows prior to August 2014… A BIG thank you to Susan Bell and Paula Presley for supplying the photos.

Quilt Show 2009 — Rehoboth Baptist Church

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2008 Quilt Show — YMCA

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2015 Hands of Friendship Quilt Show is Coming!

Are you ready??

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild’s 30th annual quilt show will be held May 29 and 30th at the YMCA in Kirksville, Missouri. Not only will there be over 110 beautiful quilts, we’ll have hand-quilting and machine-piecing demonstrations, Bed-Turnings, the Community Service display, our gorgeous raffle quilt, and vendors! Raffle quilt tickets are available from any guild member or at the quilt show. Entrance to the show is a $2.00 donation.

Join us!

  • Friday, May 29 (4:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 30 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
  • YMCA, 1708 Jamison Street, Kirksville, Missouri
  • Beautiful Quilts
  • Hand-quilting demonstrations
  • Machine-piecing demonstrations
  • Bed-Turnings
  • Community Service display
  • Raffle quilt (tickets $1.00 each or 6/$5.00)
  • Entrance $2.00 donation

Click Raffle Quilt Flier 2015 for a downloadable pdf of the flier.

2015 HOF Quilt Photo-black


Lots of great Show & Tell was shared at the August 2014 meeting. Enjoy!

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April 2015 HOF Program: “Small Quilts”, given by Michele Breault and Barb Bevell

Michele Breault and Barb Bevell presented a program on “Small Quilts” for the April meeting of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild. Michele shared her tiny quilts, including those that were hand pieced and hand appliquéd. Then came her Feathered Star, Baby Quilt, a Gena Kimball quilt with 6” blocks, a tiny felt item, a quilt made from 3” nine patches, and another with 3” mariner’s compass blocks. But that wasn’t all… Next, she displayed and talked about her 2013 Challenge quilt, a blue & yellow quilt, a black quilt, two Twister quilts (in two sizes), a “Where’s Waldo”, a tiny quilt made of hand-pieced stars, and two 3” blocks. Whew! We were all amazed!

Barb and Michele talked about their journeys in life that drew them to quilting and what influenced their love for miniatures and small quilts. Books and patterns were also on display, along with boxes of tiny 1″ and 1 1/2″ squares of fabric.

Barb shared her quilts, which included a large and small version of the Underground Railroad, several small quilts made from the scraps given to her by friends, a baby-doll quilt, and her current half-square triangle quilt (each half-square triangle finishes at 1″). She also talked about how she cuts scraps and left-over fabric into various sizes of small squares (1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″), how she stores the pieces, and how she follows Bonnie Hunter’s method of sewing “leaders and enders” to make thousands of 2-patches, 4-patches, and half-square triangles. Her challenge is to use scraps of fabric most people would declare “too small” to use and throw away.

Several other guild members brought miniatures they had made to share with the group. These members were Kathy Krog, Alice Allinson (small Mariner’s Compass and a small paper pieced Tulip quilt with crystals), and Jo Conklin (two small paper pieced quilts).

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