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


NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 33 members with “how many quilts or quilt projects do you make yourself each year?” The Secretary’s report for October was approved as corrected on a motion by Alice Allinson, and a second by Pat Kurtzeman. Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Rose Marie Smith, Kay Beach, and Andrea O’Brien gave a presented at the Missouri Folklore Society meeting in November. Their topic was ”The Craft of Quilting and the Art of Friendship.” Those attending were very interested.

The Kirksville Arts Association Exhibit will be held the month of December. Currently 11 quilts are in the show and they would like to have a few more. Quilts are to be at the Arts Center on November 29, and the exhibit will be there for the month of December.

The October minutes were approved as corrected on a motion by Alice Allinson, and second by Pat Kurtzeman. The motion carried.

Speaker storage: Matt Wilson has offered to store our speaker system in his office area, which is secure. It is in the Adair County Annex building. Appreciation was expressed to him for the offer!

The Christmas Dinner Party will be held at the Adair County Annex on December 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet was circulated and several paid the fee of $13 for the meal, tonight. Jo Conklin’s sister & husband will cater the meal and they have catered events for us previously.

Carol Cunningham, Connie Douvier and husband were introduced as guests.



  • Bonnie Schultz reported that Cindy Spearman’s hair is coming back in.
  • Marsha Yahl will have surgery soon.
  • Sarah Spearman had an emergency appendectomy in the night—she called Andrea to tell her, and Andrea, along with Shelly Pagliai and Scott, spent the night with her at the hospital, until Sarah’s parents could drive here from St. Louis. Sarah was released this afternoon.
  • Evelyn Glasgow is not very well.


Meredith Willcox and friends made 52 neck pillows for the Dialysis Clinic and they were displayed tonight. When Meredith called the Clinic, they reported they had just given away the last neck pillow they had so they were very appreciative. The neck pillows will be delivered tomorrow.

Lap Robes were given to veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Pat Kurtzeman made a motion, seconded by Alice Allinson, that we donate $100. to the Food Bank, and $100 to the Helping Hands Mission. The motion carried.

Quilt ‘Til U Wilt schedules for 2016-17 were distributed. The next one will be December 17, at the Adair County Annex, 9:00 a.m.-??? There will be a carry-in lunch or you can brown-Bag it if you prefer.

At the Christmas Party on December 21, everyone is to bring five (5) 2-1/2” strips the width of the fabric. These strips do NOT have to be Christmas fabric.

Gyla Elmore will get a quilt show entry form from the Columbia Guild and send it to Andrea. We may want to alter our entry forms.


Alice Allinson:

  1. Christmas stocking for her new grandson;
  2. King size quilt in a Jenny Byer pattern.

Susan Chidester:

  1. Pillow
  2. puffy yo-yo
  3. scarf

Marilyn Peck:

  1. Veteran’s Quilt

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Folded Log Cabin, potholder

Carol Cunningham:

  1. Fall table runner
  2. Applique table runner

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. Panel with barns and houses
  2. 8 Totes

Mary Magruder:

  1. Wall Hanging, appliquéd by machine

Andrea O’Brien:

  1. Art Quilt, “Into the Woods,” Wall hanging.

The drawing for table runner patterns was won by Meredith Willcox.


Liz Mills introduced Connie Douvier and her husband. “Project Linus” was named for the “Peanuts” character. It is a nationwide organization started in 2004, when they gave away 9,500 blankets. There are 400 chapters headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Nationally, they have given away more than six (6) million blankets. The local chapter goes from the Iowa line to Columbia, MO, to the Mississippi River and to Bethany, MO. They are making a difference in the local area. The blankets are given to local shelters, women’s shelters, military children, victims of house fires and accidents, etc. Weighted blankets are given to autistic children–to purchase, they cost over $200. They always give to the local needs first and anything left over is sent away. These blankets MUST be made of new fabrics and MUST be non-holiday specific! The minimum size is 36” x 36”.

There are 3 types of blankets: knit/crochet; quilt; and fleece. The chapters are responsible for raising their own money and receive NO money from the national organization. “Make a Blanket Day” is February 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. Lunch is provided and for every completed blanket, that person’s name is entered into a drawing for a new sewing machine. At this time, 800 more quilts are needed for the National Guard. There is an ongoing need for teen and boy blankets.

Drop off places are “Quilted Square” in Kirksville, and “Satin Stitches” in Columbia. They are always in need of someone who wants to help.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

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