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

The 30th annual Hands of Friendship Quilt Show is now in the record books. What a wonderful event it was! The show was held at the YMCA in Kirksville, Missouri, on May 29 and 30.

So many exciting things happened!! There were over 100 beautiful quilts on display, from small art quilts to large bed quilts. Four Bed Turnings were held throughout the show and each were standing room only. Demonstrations on hand quilting and machine piecing were going on most of the time during the two-day event, as well. Community Service displays of the Veterans Quilts and Project Linus quilts were among the highlights of the show. Seven vendors from Iowa and Missouri were in represented and lots of shopping was taking place.

We saw many new faces in the crowd. Some had traveled quite a distance to attend. And several attendees expressed desire to become members! I think a good time was had by all.

After several days of uploading, editing, tagging, and proofing, the photos are ready to share. Below are slide shows of all of the winners of each category, the 2015 Raffle Quilt winner, photos of every quilt that was on display, and random pictures of the show itself. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed seeing them in person.

(If you have additional photos to share, please email and let us know.)

If you want a copy of the Show Book, you may download it here: 2015 Quilt Show Entries

If you would like to see a list of winners, you may download it here:  2015 Quilt Show Winners

Presenting the winners from each division:

Small Art Quilts/Wall Hangings/All Techniques (up to 36″ wide):

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Large Art Quilts/Wall Hangings/All Techniques (over 36″ wide):

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Baby/Youth Themed Quilts:

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Youth Quilter (made by quilters under age 18):

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Hand Quilted:

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Machine Quilted/Computer Guided (up to 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Hand Guided (up to 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Hand Guided (over 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Mixed Technique:

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2014 Quilt Guild Challenge, 9-Patch in a Star (Members only):

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Antique (quilt age at least 50 years):

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2015 Raffle Quilt Winner: 

Our own, Barb Bevell was the lucky winner of the 2015 Raffle Quilt.

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Here’s what Barb had to say:

“I had been visiting with Shelly at her booth at the back of the YMCA when my son called to talk. As I talked to him, I headed back toward the demonstration area to put away my purchases. I heard people yelling my name and I didn’t know why. It got so loud and insistent, that I had to tell my son I’d have to call him back. Kay kept telling me, “you won”. My first reaction was that I won a ribbon in a category. I think I looked at her funny, because I didn’t know why she made such a fuss over winning a category ribbon. Then she told me I won the raffle quilt. I really thought Kay was kidding me until I looked around and saw that everyone else was smiling, too. Boy did it take a few minutes for it to sink in. I had no idea that they were drawing for the raffle quilt, much less that my name had been drawn. What a wonderful surprise! This beautiful quilt is proudly hanging in my home and will be a cherished remembrance of my friends in the guild. Thank you so much. I am truly blessed.”

Photos of each quilt entry: (Roll over the photo to reveal the maker’s name or click on the photo to see a full view)

Photos from the show: (click on the photo to enlarge and see caption)

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