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



MARCH 15, 2017


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Roll Call was answered by 37 members and there were no visitors. The President announced the March birthdays.

Andrea O’Brien and Barb Bevell met with Vanessa Miller regarding the set-up of the Quilt Show. Vanessa needs a map of the facility and they will come in on Friday A.M. (June 2) to set up the standards. The cost has been estimated at $650.00, but that figure could change. Janet Gremaud of J. C. Penney Company has hundreds of skirt hangers and believes they can provide all the skirt hangers we will need for hanging the quilts since most customers do not take their hangers when purchasing clothing. Marilyn Peck related if they are short on hangers, her sister-in-law works at the Ottumwa J. C. Penney Company store and could possibly provide some hangers as well.

Andrea O’Brien asked how many of our members utilize our BLOG—10-12 members indicated they do . The licensing fee is about $100 per year and if it is used, we would want to continue it. Barb Bevell has been keeping it current; however, she has a full-time job and needs help with it if it is to be continued. It takes a LOT of time to upload pictures, get the minutes posted, etc.

Andrea asked if there is any interest in returning to the Livestock Symposium held the first weekend in December. Andrea was approached about this by Vanessa Miller, who has a connection with the Symposium. There was interest and Andrea will explore this possibility.

Andrea announced that “Quilters,” a play by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek is coming to the Maples Repertory Theater in Macon during September and October. In conjunction with the play, there will be three “presenters” who are known to the quilt world:

  1. Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company: On September 30, she will present Trunk Shows at 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
  1. Shelley Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts: On October 7, she will present a Workshop on the “Happily Ever After” quilt, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m. and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.
  1. Carl Hentsch at On October 14, he will present a workshop on foundation piecing at 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.

Costs for these various presentations can be seen on the Maples Repertory Theatre web site:

There will also be a quilt show on display during the run of “Quilters, the Musical.” Information for submitting a quilt entry will be accepted until Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and must include: your name, phone number, a photo of the quilt(s), and a paragraph about the quilt: (the story behind it, techniques used, and whatever else you would like to include). These quilts will be voted on by patrons and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.




  • Keith Peck will have a knee replacement soon, and a card was sent to Kathaleen Winkleman.


  • Renae Farnsworth received a card from Ronald McDonald House thanking us for the children’s pillowcases; they were given away quickly.
  • The program honoring Women Veterans at the VA Hospital, Columbia, will be Friday, March 24, at noon. Rose Marie Smith and Kathy East will plan to attend and hope Gyla Elmore can join them now that she lives in Columbia.
  • A total of 92 “Days for Girls” kits have been sent to Uganda.

QUILT ‘TIL U WILT will be March 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or when you “wilt.”


This will be April 22, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Adair County Annex. Cost is $12. and includes a light breakfast and pizza for lunch. Rose Marie Smith and Kay Beach will be presenters.


  • The Raffle Quilt has been completed and was on display, Linda Kowalski made this quilt for the Guild. The name is either “Carpenter’s Star” or “Carpenter’s Wheel.” Ticket packets were distributed and included a picture of the 102” x `102” quilt.
  • Barb Bevell encouraged ALL members to help with the Quilt Show and sign up for the various jobs involved with set up and take down, etc. To date, six (6) vendors have signed up.
  • Erin Northcutt has designed a flier about the Quilt Show and they will be distributed at the April meeting.
  • Jana Russon will be interviewed March 23, 2:00 p.m., for the radio show, “Friends of Paul Pepper,” which will air on March 30. If anyone would like to go with Jana, please call her.



Kay Beach:

  1. Quilt started for Heather (granddaughter) when she graduated from college
  2. Master’s, and now completed for Heather’s wedding gift–pinwheel/9-patch quilted in IA
  3. Disappearing 9-patch, part of Charlie’s project for George Rea Treatment Center

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Made a quilt for Charlie’s project at George Rea

Susan Chidester:

  1. flower in thread appliqué
  2. Flying geese on black background
  3. “Zippers” in batiks
  4. Pillowcase embroidered with thread that glows in the dark
  5. Baby quilt from charm packs
  6. Textured pillow in turquoise
  7. Place mats in greens and yellows
  8. Panel of flowers on black
  9. Panel with aliens in bright colors
  10. Peace cottage with sateen on the back, blue stars, and trees

Joan Harrison:

  1. Veteran quilt with eagle panel made for her husband who is a veteran

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. “Pathways” by Dawn Heese, browns & beiges

Carol Cunningham:

  1. Baby quilt, embroidered blocks, for a great-grandson
  2. Quilt for herself made from “charm packs.”

Sarah Spearman:

  1. quilt with lavenders/turquoise top
  2. Four-patch posie quilt

Cindy Spearman:

  1. Orange/turquoise quilt
  2. Large hexies with raw-edge appliqué, from class by Liz Peters

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. John Deere fabric, yellow back with green John Deere tractors

Kim Sampson:

  1. Mystery Quilt: Bonnie Hunter “Enprovence”
  2. Truck fabric with bright blue, a Project Linus quilt

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Showed her quilt after the fire, which is extremely fragile
  2. Two table runners, blocks embroidered with turquoise & purple
  3. Veteran’s quilt in brown with yellow stars

Karen Farnsworth:

  1. Double Wedding Ring in turquoise, machine quilted
  2. Whole cloth, white brushed cotton, machine quilted

Susan Chidester was the winner of the fat quarter drawing. Mary Magruder was the winner of the quilt rack (donated by Andrea O’Brien) drawing.


The program was given by Elsie Gaber and Meredith Willcox on “Scrappy 4 Patch”. They showed how to make a quilt from 5” squares that were manipulated and cut so as to make the Hourglass Block.

  1. Sew 5″ squares together to make a four patch.
  2. Put two four-patches together, face to face, and sew 1/4″ all around the outside.
  3. Cut the sewn block diagonally, (twice), in an “X” fashion.
  4. Open each block and press.
  5. Arrange however you wish.

Elsie also gave a tip on using ties as the material of choice

  1. Remove backing
  2. Safety pin ties together at top and bottom
  3. Wash in hot water
  4. Iron and use a stabilizer
  5. Cut to desired shapes



The next QTUW will be May 18, at the Adair County Annex building.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

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