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


OCTOBER 19, 2016

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville. Vice-President Elsie Gaber opened the meeting at 6:35 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 32 members with “the first quilt I made and who it was for.” The Secretary’a report for September was approved on a motion by Alice Allinson, seconded by Mary Magruder. Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report. Carol Cunningham was a guest.


The Missouri Folklore Society will have a presentation November 3, at 3:30 p.m., at the Kirksville Days Inn as a part of their meeting in Kirksville.

Maureen McHall will have a display of quilts for the month of December and a sign-up sheet was circulated.


Courtesy: Bonnie Schultz and the Courtesy Committee were thanked for providing refreshments tonight since we had a speaker and trunk show.

Community Service: Rose Marie Smith reported a Work Day was held October 15, at the Adair County Annex, with ten people in attendance, including Mary Magruder’s granddaughter, Bobbi Ann.   A new roll of batting has been ordered from Susan Chidester.

Newsletter/BLOG/Website: Barb Bevell reported Show & Tell and the minutes from last month are up.

Special Exhibits/Challenge Project: Susan Guffey circulated the 2017 Challenge instructions. The theme will be “curves.” Piecing or appliqué can be used involving curves. Suggestions included circles, clamshells, apple cores, orange peels, pickle dish, double wedding ring, etc. or any other “curvey” pattern. The project can be any size, such as a quilt, table runner, purse, apron, wall-hanging, etc.

This project item MUST BE QUILTED and will be displayed at the September 20, 2017, regular meeting.

Quilt Retreat:   Nothing to report.

Quilt ‘Til You Wilt: The schedule through April was handed out and the dates are November 12, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 22. As usual, there will be a carry-in meal or you can “brown bag” it.

Veteran Quilts will be one focus. Renae is finalizing details for Veteran quilts and will get those details into the BLOG.

Fun & Games: Elsie Gaber/Barb Bevell.

Our guest speaker for November will be Michaella Peck, Marilyn’s granddaughter. She spent some time in Guatemala, and brought a lot of fabric back.

Historian: Elsie Gaber/Kathy East. Several turned in items for the Scrapbook.

QUILT SHOW: The 2017 Quilt Show will be at William Matthew Middle School, June 2-3, 2017.

Mark Twain Quilt Show: Kay Beach received 3rd place in the “Patriotic” category, and Rose Marie Smith received 3rd place in the Pioneer category. Rose Marie displayed both of these items.

Springfield Quilt Show: Shelley Pagliai attended the Springfield Quilt Show. They rented standards for their show from a gentleman at Osage Beach. He will come set up the standards for a show, take them down, etc. Shelley felt we needed to check this out before our 2017 Show.

Christmas: The party will be on our regular meeting night, December 21, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. Cost will be $13.00 per person and it will be catered by Jo Conklin’s sister and her husband.

UFO Challenge: Barb Bevell: Last year’s UFO Challenge sheets will be circulated and filled out at the November meeting.

PROGRAM: (link to photos here)

Brenda Moore introduced Shelley Pagliai and she presented the program on “The Life of Hazel Ilene,” her grandmother. She was born in 1936 and grew up in the Callao area; walked to Callao School, and had two brothers. A Christmas gift in 1950 was a little red diary and she began writing in it in 1951 and continued keeping a diary throughout her life. Shelley designed a quilt, “Hazel’s Diary,” and those designs were to be published in the Kansas City Star as the “Block of the Month.” in January 2015, ending in December 2015.

“Hazel’s Diary” was made from a simple life and had red blocks. “Dear Diary” blocks were framed in green. “Women’s Work” had irons, clothespins, and radios that had to be charged. Tablecloth in aqua bordered with white, a dresser scarf, “Christmas Star” quilt block and poinsettias were all displayed. Other quilt were titled, “Zero at the Bone,” “Fancy Farm Girl” which was very scrappy, “Happily Ever After” honored their wedding, “Stars Over Missouri,” and “When Hazel Meets Elvis” in pinks & blacks. Shelley’s books were for sale and she noted that on Page 75, there was an error: instead of “2 yards of fabric,” it should be “5 yards of fabric.”

There was a break for refreshments and the Courtesy Committee used a Halloween theme with jack-o-lanterns containing small candy bars, plates of marvelous homemade cookies, and sodas to drink.

Show and Tell (link to photos here)

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. Took 3rd place at the Monroe County Historical Society quilt show with her quilt, “Across the Wide Missouri”
  2. “Jared’s Wife Rearranged the Furniture.” It is based on Bonnie Hunter’s Quilt, “Jared Takes a Wife.”
  3. Shared Kay’s patriotic quilt that also took a 3rd place ribbon at the same quilt show.

Alice Allinson:

  1. She told about a baby quilt made for a co-worker
  2. Shared about her 1st grandson, Arlo Otto Dunn, was born in Connecticut in September. He weighed 7 lb. 12 oz.

April Bartlett:

  1. Showed the “unicorn with wings” Halloween costume she made for her daughter.
  2. Quilt top made of flannel squares in “Ragtime,” backing is denim.       She asked for advice on “batting or no batting.” Recommendation was cheap lightweight flannel.

Effie Sickal:

She did the quilting on these quilts belonging to others:

  1. Fish quilt;
  2. Deer quilt, quilted with fall leaves;
  3. Strip quilt with snowflake quilting;
  4. Bright squares in orange & black;
  5. Bright strip quilt/back is white with quarter-size black dots; and
  6. Blue & green with light green back.

Linda Kowalski:

  1. Tell: Quilt she donated to the Festival of Sharing, Sedalia, brought $380.00—she was pleased. It was a “Carpenter Star” pattern.

Sarah Spearman:

  1. Rag quilt of assorted colors
  2. Bright rag quilt

Diane Bloskovich:

  1. Baby quilt with sailboats in blues & whites.

Elsie Gaber:

  1. Lady Bugs in a 9-patch pattern;
  2. Quilt made by her grandmother in 30’s, quilted recently.
  3. Colorwash quilt of yellows/oragne/purple/black.

Ellen Farnsworth:

  1. Christmas Suduko quilt;
  2. Blocks were a memory quilt.
  3. Disappearing 9-patch made for a granddaughter.

Meredith Wilcox:

  1. Colorful quilt with pinwheels
  2. 16-patches mixed with half-square triangles
  3. Community service: Green bordered 9-patch
  4. Community service: Red bordered 9-patch
  5. Community service: Black bordered 9-patch
  6. Community service: Light green bordered 9-patch
  7. Diagonal split squares

Kathy East:

  1. A Tell

Kathleen Winkleman won the drawing of five (5)-2 ½ ” strips cut the width of fabric. For each 5 piece “set,” the participant’s name was entered in the drawing.

Elsie Gaber presented two “houses” containing cards to Bonnie Schultz, Courtesy Committee.

The Community Service Committee is in charge of the program November 16. Connie Douvier of Project Linus will be at the meeting to receive quilts already completed.


November 5 – La Plata Craft Show

November 11 – Craft & Quilt Show, Moberly MACC.

For the drawing in November, BRING a table runner quilt pattern. It can be printed off the Internet. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East



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