HANDS OF FRIENDSHIP QUILT GUILD
DECEMBER 16, 2015
The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on December 16, 2015, for their annual Christmas Party. As members and friends gathered in the festively decorated room, music was playing and Randy Smith played many familiar Christmas carols on his saxophone. There were 31 members in attendance, in addition to some guests.
The Christmas party committee members were responsible for the decoration of MANY strings of tiny lights around columns, on the walls, and also a snowman-themed small quilt was displayed on one wall. The tables were covered with white cloths and table runners of bright Christmas colors. On the table runners were mirrors, tea candles and large hurricane candles, along with many small candy favors. A trio of large candy canes were turned upside down, positioned at each place setting, and held a name tag in the curves of the canes. After everyone found their place, Erin Northcutt led us in prayer for the meal.
A bountiful and delicious Christmas meal was served by Baker’s BBQ located on the square in Kirksville. Ham, turkey, green beans, cheesy scalloped potatoes, 7-layer salad, rolls, apple crisp, cheese cake with fruit toppings, lemonade, and iced teas were served
Following the meal, the Christmas Party Committee members were introduced: Alice Allinson, Maria Bradshaw, Jo Conklin, Liz Mills, Erin Northcutt, and Kim Sampson. They were thanked for the lovely party and were seated at the head table, along with the officers, Andrea O’Brien-VP, Kathy East-Secretary, and Joan Harrison-Treasirer. President Di Zook was unable to attend.
Committee reports were suspended for this “fun” meeting.
A “thank you” note was read from Kirksville VFW Post 2508 & VFW Auxiliary for the quilts handed out at the Armory on Veterans’ Day. Another thank you card had been received but was not available at this meeting and will be shared at the January meeting.
Elsie Gaber handed out more 9” squares of fabric at the beginning of the meeting as she has done for the last 6 meetings and requested they be put into a 9” square by each of the members in the pattern of their choice. Please bring the finished blocks to the January meeting. They will be made into a quilt, which will be auctioned off in April at the “Reverse Auction” of the Rotary Club. The theme of the quilt is “Be a Buddy.”
Show & Tell:
- For Veterans, the “Tumbling Tumbleweed” pattern;
- For Veterans, the “Rail Fence”;
- A quilt made from Ron’s ties for his sister who is a Nun;
- Quilted boxes she made for school;
- A big-stitch wall hanging with horses, made for a grandson;
- A “Wildlife” quilt, which will probably be given to her brother;
- Fabric purchased at Wal-Mart containing many quotes from the Scriptures. She plans to use some of the quotes in a Veteran quilt for their minister.
Two games were played:
- “ANGEL” bingo (with a seasonally appropriate name) was played by all in attendance. Barb Bevell, Kay Beach, and Diane Jarvis were among the winners, receiving large spools of thread. (Some of us had difficulty even having a number and certainly did not “ANGEL”!)
- Fabric Frenzy. Everyone had brought a one-yard piece of Christmas fabric for a “fun” game. Chairs were positioned in a circle and, as music played, the fabrics were passed to the left. When the music stopped, that one-yard piece was torn in half, throwing one piece under the participants’ chair, and passing the rest of the fabric to the left as the music continued. When the music stopped again, the ½ yard was torn in half, etc., until we ended up with a piece of fabric approximately 2” x 4”—that last piece did vary some! Everyone was encouraged to sew these fabrics into a block(s) and bring that block(s) to a meeting for “Show & Tell.”
The meeting was adjourned with group singing of “Joy To the World,” “Silent Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
All were wished a very Merry Christmas and a GREAT New Year!!!