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

Archive for April, 2016

April 2016 HOF SHOW & TELL

There were some lovely quilts shared at this month’s Show and Tell. Thank you to Erin Northcutt for taking pictures.


Minutes from the April 2016 HOF Guild Meeting


APRIL 20, 2016


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In the absence of the President and Vice-President, Secretary Joan Harrison called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.

Guests were Tammy Jones, Vel Pauls, and 5-month-old Adrick Hettinger. Joan announced we would have our program first, followed by refreshments, and then the business meeting. It should be noted that quite a few members are currently in Paducah, KY, for the Quilt Show there. Roll Call was answered by 27 members.

Bonnie Schultz introduced Tammy Jones of Quilted Square. Tammy presented the program on the “Hwy 36 Quilt Trail.” Seventeen (17) quilt shops on both sides of Hwy 36 are involved this year and “barns” is the theme. Some of the shops participating are Missouri Star Quilt at Hamilton; Jamesport; Marceline; Brookfield; and Quilted Square at Kirksville. All the shops had to be of the “Mom & Pop” type. This challenge began April 1, and runs through October 1, with the grand prize this year being a Janome sewing machine worth over $1,000.

Tammy displayed the quilt top she made with the Hwy 36 Quilt Trail blocks. At each shop, your “Passport” must be signed and they cannot be given to someone else—only those who entered the shop can have the “Passport” signed. Sixty people have already signed up. It is a BIG deal—last year patterns were given out to over 600 people.

Tammy has a new service at Quilted Square, called “Creative Sewing.” For people who have no sewing machine or are visiting in town and need to make clothing repairs or a garment, they will be able to use one of the machines at Quilted Square for a cost of $8.00 per hour.

The NEMO Shop Hop begins tomorrow, April 21, and runs through April 23, involving 7 shops.

The meeting was halted while refreshments of cupcakes, fresh veggies & dip, iced tea, and baggies of “goodies” were served by the Courtesy Committee.

The meeting was resumed and the minutes were approved as sent out. There are still some who are not receiving the minutes and we hope this can be corrected soon. Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s report showing a charge of $128.34 paid to have the raffle quilt quilted and an available balance of $799.81.

Kathy East gave a report of her trip to the Veterans Hospital, Columbia, on March 30, when female veterans were honored for their service. Rose Marie Smith had planned to attend but was ill. Gyla Elmore joined Kathy at this service and her assistance was really appreciated! Five quilts were presented: one to the speaker of the day and four women whose names were drawn from a basket.




    • Renae Farnsworth needs pictures of quilts given to veterans so she can make a new poster for the Quilt Show.
    • Bonnie Schultz sent cards to the Barb Bevell Family on the death of her mother-in-law, and to the Maria Bradshaw Family on the death of her mother, Elizabeth Gander.
    • Sarah Spearman reported her mother, Cindy, has been diagnosed recently with breast cancer. Cards of encouragement would be appreciated from the members.
  • HISTORIAN: No report.
  • NEWSLETTER: No report.
    • The challenge is to make a quilt with 3 sizes of one block. These quilts are due at the September meeting and your entry MUST BE QUILTED!!!
    • The next meeting will be SATURDAY, MAY 14, 9:00 a.m. to whenever YOU wilt, with a carry-in lunch.
    • Raffle Quilt:
      • Erin Northcutt circulated packets of the raffle quilt picture and tickets to all in attendance. Additional packets are available. She also announced she had picked up the new stickers for the signs.
    • Award and Ribbons:
      • Meredith Willcox reported they are working on the ribbons with themes of the 1970’s, flower child, etc.
    • QUILLT ENTRIES are due BY MAY 13..
    • Vendors:
      • Marsha Yahl reported 50+ letters were sent out and 11 vendors have paid. She has reserved 17 tables from Jerry McMain for the use of the vendors.
      • The list of vendors:
        • B & B Creations (Dean Boyd), Tracy, IA
        • Quilt’n Etc. (Jackie Rector), Keokuk, IA
        • Grandma’s Room (Mary Shoaf), Green City, MO
        • The Splintered Spool (John O’Brien), Kirksville, MO
        • WJ Stitchery (Wanda Cagle), Kirksville, MO
        • Quilted Square LLC (Tammy Jones), Kirksville, MO
        • Bri-Lee Designs (Susan Chidester), Glenwood, MO
        • Prairie Moon Quilts (Shelly Pagliai), New Cambria, MO
        • Sew Creative (Donna McAdams), Salisbury, MO
        • The Sewing House (Tim Dobson), Ottumwa, IA
        • Gigi & Poppa’s Kettle Korn (Glenna & Danny Young), Kirksville, MO
  • SHOW & TELL:
  • Mary Shoaff:
    1. Her husband recently purchased a Singer Featherweight machine for her at an auction. At another time he purchased some Singer attachments and she wondered what they are for. It was suggested she check the book that came with the machine to see if it would shed any light on what the attachments are.
  • Meredith Willcox:
    1. Displayed beautiful large bags she made in polka dot fabrics and striped fabrics.
  • Kay Beach:
    1. Bright blue quilt with flowers in the center. She cut up quilt panels, then used the “shattered images” concept and sewed the panels back together.
    2. “Hocus Pocus,” blocks embroidered with sulky thread
  • Kim Sampson
    1. Quilt for Sara Quigley, kindergarten teacher who is retiring. Colors of blue, yellow
  • Maria Bradshaw (several quilts made by her mother or others):
    1. “Lone Star;”
    2. “Crazy Quilt” tied with yarn;
    3. “Double Wedding Ring,”
    4. “Embroidered Baskets,” made by her mother and quilted by Maria.and green in quatrefoil.
  • Bonnie Schultz
    1. Quilt made from charm packs received & left over at Retreat.
  • Kathy East
    1. Quilt completed for 90-year-old veteran who was in the Seabees; and
    2. Quilt for veteran who was formerly a teacher/principal in several area schools

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

March 2016 HOF PROGRAM

Andrea O’Brien presented the program on “Scrappy Bags”. She also provided written instructions for everyone.

Andrea explained how she uses leftover quilt blocks and fabrics for her bags and sews, sews, sews them so they will be very sturdy. The handles have “needlepoint” batting in them so they will be very strong. (The only place she has been able to find the needlepoint batting is at Cantril, IA, and it is $1.79 a yard.) She puts pockets on the inside of both the front and the back of the bags.

Members got to see the bag sections and the completed bags up close. Thanks for the great instructions, Andrea!

March 2016 HOF SHOW & TELL


We had lots of lovely Show & Tell from February. Enjoy the show!

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Minutes from the March 2016 HOF Guild Meeting



MARCH 16, 2016

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on March 16, 2016, for their regular meeting. President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Elsie Gaber, Fun & Games Committee Chairman, distributed a playing card to each person in attendance and March birthdays were announced. Roll Call was answered by 29 members with what the number &/or suit of their card made them think of. There were some very unique and interesting answers.

The minutes were approved as sent out. There continues to be a problem with members receiving the minutes via email. Some suggestions of possible corrections were made and Kathy will implement them to see if the problem(s) can be solved. The Treasurer’s Report was circulated. A thank you note from Celia Riggle was read.

Many expressed the Retreat was great and thanked Shelly Pagliai for her presentation. She has a new book coming out soon.



President Di Zook will be out of town at the time of the April meeting, as will Vice-President Andrea O’Brien. Secretary Kathy East and Treasurer Joan Harrison will be in charge of the April meeting.




There was excellent attendance at Project Linus in March. Renae Farnsworth announced women veterans will be honored Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at a luncheon, second floor of the VA Hospital, Columbia. She asked if anyone would like to attend and some indicated they would. Rose Marie Smith and Kathy East do plan to attend..


Bonnie Schultz announced a card was sent to Celia Riggle who had surgery. Alice Allinson’s mother is in Florida and received a severely broken ankle in a golf cart accident. Alice reported her mom is now receiving home health-type care. Maria Bradshaw’s parents have entered a nursing home recently, and Mary Shoaf’s husband is doing better.

The neck pillows were really appreciated at the Dialysis Clinic.


Carol Snider reported there is nothing different.


The slate of officers for 2016-2017

  •  President: Andrea O’Brien
  •  Vice-President: Elsie Gaber
  •  Secretary: Kathy East
  •  Treasurer: Joan Harrison.


Pat Kurtzeman is scheduled to present the program in July and will be out of town. Barb Bevell and Andrea O’Brien may be able to switch with Pat.


The NEMO Shop Hop is April 21, 22, and 23, 2016.


  • The committee is having monthly meetings. A letter has been drafted to send out. Everyone is encouraged to enter their quilts electronically.
  • Awards/Ribbons: Meredith Willcox and her committee have everything under control and are using a red heart.
  • Publicity: Fliers are designed and will be ready to hand out at the April/May meeting.
  • Raffle Quilt: The raffle quilt is done except for the binding, which will be completed soon. It was shown and is beautiful in white and shades of blue.
  • Special Event: Shelly Pagliai will also have a book-signing.
  • Vendors: Approximately 50 letters have been sent out to vendors and they have received some responses. Vendors are being asked to do demonstrations and some of our own members will be doing demonstrations
  • White Glove Committee: Elsie Gaber and her committee will make certain people do not handle the quilts by providing white gloves if they wish to touch a quilt.
  • ALL Guild members are encouraged to wear a tie-dye shirt at the Quilt Show. John O’Brien will do more tie-dye shirts this weekend, if anyone needs one, speak to Andrea tonight, pay $10, and they will do it then.
  • Andrea O’Brien has some cute little sayings she will post throughout the area of the hanging quilts.



  • Diane Jarvis: 
    1. Her niece pieced the center of the quilt she showed and Diane completed it with a purple border.
  • Kay Beach:
    1. Jo Morton fabrics were used in an Hourglass pattern in a quilt with no borders. This is an “out of the box” quilt for her.
  • Linda Kowalski:
    1. A Kansas City Star quilt, “Hazel’s Diary,” with a red checkerboard border
  • Shelly Pagliai:
    1. “Triangle Salad” with LOTS of triangles.
    2. Kansas City Star Quilt of the Month, “Hazel Ilene’s Diary,” with original 1950’s fabrics and repro 1950’s fabrics.
  • Susan Chidester:
    1. “Star Struck,” quilt made with half-rectangle ruler.
    2. “Reflections” in red, white, and blue.
  • Alice Allinson:
    1. Jacqueline Dejonge pattern, which was in metrics so she had to change it. It was made with bright colors on black.
  • Pat Kurtzeman:
    1. “Mystery Quilt” she finished from Shelley’s class.
  • Elsie Gaber and Mary Shoaf:
    1. Mary quilted the quilt Elsie Gaber made for the Rotary “Reverse Auction.”
  •  Mary Shoaf:
    1. “Block of the Month” quilt with brown borders.
  • Erin Northcutt:
    1. Orange Peel table runner.
    2. Spool table runner
    3. Yellow/gray “Disappearing 9-Patch” quilt
  • Kim Sampson:
    1. Quilt in pastel colors for niece who is expecting her 4th child.
    2. Quilt with Elvis Presley fabrics she found at Hobby Lobby and made for a friend. She quilted it with music notes on her long-arm machine.
    3. King size quilt for daughter in colors of light green, gray, and black, 114” x 114”.
  • Bonnie Schultz:
    1. “Quilts of Valor” (#1) for one of the Schultz boys.
    2. “Quilts of Valor” (#2) for the other Schultz boy.
  • Andrea O’Brien:
    1. Quilt from a kit, which she doesn’t normally do.
    2. Quilt made with 100 painted blocks given to her, has a blue border.
    3. Quilt made for husband John with chemistry beakers on bright green.
    4. Quilt made by her Mom at a retreat.
    5. Two scrap bags made with leftovers from Quilts of Valor.
  • Di Zook:
    1. Quilt made for a new granddaughter with cross-stitch bears, set together with pink.



Andrea O’Brien presented the program on “Scrappy Bags” and she provided written instructions for everyone. She uses leftover quilt blocks and fabrics for her bags and sews, sews, sews them so they will be very sturdy. The handles have “needlepoint” batting in them so they will be very strong. The only place she has been able to find the needlepoint batting is at Cantril, IA, and it is $1.79 a yard. She puts pockets on the inside of both the front and the back of the bags. Several of the bag sections were circulated as well as a number of completed bags.



“Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” will be Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. to ??? at the Adair County Annex on North Franklin Street, Kirksville. You may “brown bag” it or bring a dish to share at the noon hour. Hope to see you there!!!

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary 

2016 HOF Spring Retreat — Shelly Pagliai

We had a WONDERFUL and fun retreat featuring our own designer-extraordinaire, Shelly Pagliai. Shelly taught us how to construct the “Star Flower” block, gave us short-cuts to trimming half-square triangles, and showed us how she set the blocks on point.

Not to be out done, the Retreat Committee (Jo Conklin, Di Zook, and Bonnie Schultz) Retreat 3-2016 Committee.. Bonnie, Di, Jo kept us constantly laughing and having fun. Drawings every 15 minutes for prizes, snacks on the table, and a fantastic breakfast and lunch were just part of their plan. They also decorated the Annex with “Barn Blocks” that will be featured in the upcoming Hwy 36 Shop Challenge, starting in April.

A BIG thank you goes out to the committee and Shelly for a successful Spring Retreat!

Below are pictures taken throughout the day…