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

Archive for June, 2017

2017 — HOF QUILT SHOW — June 2-3

It was another fantastic Quilt Show! It’s amazing to see what we can pack into two short days.

Over 130 beautiful quilts were entered into 12 categories. The lucky winner of our 2017 Raffle Quilt was Mary Magruder of Kirksville (see photo below). Throughout the weekend we held 5 special events: 2 book-signings, a Quilts of Valor presentation for our veterans, our annual Bed Turning, and a tribute to Charlie Beach who was instrumental in our quilt shows over the past 32 years. We also had a corner where we shared some of the Community Service work we have done and also a sit and sew corner where members worked on Veterans quilts.


2017 HOF Raffle Quilt was won by Mary Magruder.

The winners are listed below by category. I know you will enjoy them! (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

100’s – Small Art Quilts:

  • #1  Alice Allinson (The Dress)
  • #2  Andrea O’Brien (Little Butterflies)
  • #3  Meredith Willcox (Scotch on the Rocks)

200’s – Large Art Quilts:

  • #1  Anna Ruby (A new Look Dresden)
  • #2  Susan Chidester (Window Flowers)
  • #3  Di Zook (Dan Day’s Quilt of Valor)

300’s – Baby/Youth Quilts:

  • #1  Carol Cunningham (Critter Caboodle)
  • #2  Diane Bloskovich (Greyson Sails)
  • #3  Kay Beach (Adrianna’s Quilt)

400’s – Youth Quilter:

  • #1  Haleigh Berrey (Bargello)
  • #2  Makenzie Couch (Light Festival)
  • #3  Laney Magruder (Wild Horses in the Wild)

500’s – Hand Quilted:

  • #1  Bonnie Schultz (Good Night, Irene!)
  • #2  Bonnie Schultz (Home)
  • #3  Carol Cunningham (Mom’s Quilt)

600’s – Machine Quilted–Computer Guided:

  • #1  Karen Farnsworth (Irish Chain)
  • #2  Andrea O’Brien (Starflower Revised)
  • #3  Janelle Stephens (Fr. Paul’s Cross)

700’s – Machine Quilted–Free Hand (82″):

  • #1  Rose Marie Smith (Abloom)
  • #2  Katy Kitchen (Canning Season)
  • #3  Mary Magruder (Playing with Jacks)

800’s – Machine Quilted–Free Hand (82″+):

  • #1  Alice Allinson (Lotus)
  • #2  Meredith Willcox (Starflower)
  • #3 Gyla Elmore (Fantasy Fabs—Carpenter’s Star)

900’s – Machine Quilted–Mixed Technique:

  • #1  Katy Kitchen (Hazel Meets Elvis)
  • #2  Cindy Spearman (Hazel’s Diary)
  • #3  Meredith Willcox (All Seasons)

1000’s – 2016 Guild Challenge:

  • #1  Shelly Pagliai (Hole-y Barn Doors)
  • #2  Andrea O’Brien (Butterfly Garden)
  • #3  Mary Magruder (A Hero’s Tribute)

1100’s – Old Made New:

  • #1  Amanda Moots (Nora’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden)
  • #2  Melba Bowen (Grandmother’s Flower Garden)
  • #3 Melba Bowen (Pink Periwinkle)

1200’s – Antique:

  • #1  Carol Cunningham (9 Patch)
  • #2  Kathaleen Winkleman (Flower Garden)
  • #3  Barb Bevell (Miss Ann)

Here are a few of the other winners, pictured with their quilts.


Special Events:

1. Shelly Pagliai and her book, “A Simple Life”:


2. Jana Russon and her book about the Arts Council Fire:


3. Quilts of Valor, Veteran’s Presentation:

4. Special Tribute: Charlie Beach:

5. Our Annual Bed Turning:

6. Community Service corner:

Other Photos from the quilt show:


2017 — MAY SHOW & TELL

What lovely quilts were on display at the May meeting. Everyone’s gearing up for the quilt show next month!




                                                             MAY 17, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. The meeting was called to order by Elsie Gaber, Vice-President, in the absence of President Andrea O’Brien. Roll Call was answered by 36 members with “My Favorite Summer Activity.”

The UFO Challenge Book was circulated for updates.

NEW BUSINESS: To date, 120 quilts are registered for the Quilt Show. We need more quilt entries and the deadline has been extended to May 24, 2017. Our BLOG contains a downloadable entry form in addition to the online entry form. The Directory has been updated by Elsie Gaber.



Rose Marie Smith announced four (4) veteran quilts will be presented on Saturday, June 3, at l:00 p.m. Presenters are to contact each veteran and make the presentation. Quilts are to be shown on the Community Service table. Five quilts are to be presented to the George Rea Cancer Center.

The Guild’s BLOG is up to date. Next month the Quilt Show results will be there.

Items for the “Curve” challenge are to be completed (including quilting) by the October 18th meeting and we will vote on them at that time.

The Retreat was great!

Diane Bloskovich presented the proposed slate of officers for 2017-2018: President-Brenda Moore; Vice-President- Rose Marie Smith; Secretary-Kathy East; and Treasurer-Joan Harrison. We will vote on the slate of Officers at the June 21 meeting. Thanks were expressed to those in charge of the six (6) Quilt ‘Til U Wilt sessions held this year,


  • Brenda Moore: “Sea Glass,” graduation quilt for a granddaughter in blues, greens, & yellows.
  • Gyla Elmore: “Hot Rod panels with checkered border, and orange back, made for her brother.
  • Meredith Willcox: pieced scrap quilt for Judy Klinginsmith, who is at the Arbors; and
  • Barn quilt with embroidered barns.
  • Alice Allinson: Black & white “dress” on white, embellished with stones/sparkles.
  • Carol Cunningham: “Ugly quilt” (her terminology): hand-embroidered State flowers, on
  • plain light-colored squares made by her mother, with borders of red, white, & blue.
  • Rose Marie Smith: Veteran quilts pieced by Susan Guffey; Quilt by Wildflower Quilting, both to be given away.
  • Amanda Moots: queen size “Flower Garden” hexies. She asked for suggestions to be made to this quilt and was advised to leave it as is.
  • Erin Northcutt: Wall-hanging made for a friend, star in bright pinks/black.
  • Susan Guffey: Flannel “rag-time” quilt made from items in her closet.
  • Andrea O’Brien: Table-Runner in yellow & blue; and Table runner with butterflies.
  • Kathy East: Veteran Quilt made for her cousin; to be given to him June 10, in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Gyla Elmore was the winner of the Fat Quarter Drawing.


  • Alice Allinson announced assignments will be listed. Quilts will be hung on skirt hangers and approximately 1,000 skirt hangers have been provided by Janet of J. C. Penney Co.
  • Help will be needed for the hanging of the quilts.
  • Check-in will be 7:30-9:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, inside the north entrance of the Ray Miller School.
  • Lunch hours need to be staggered on Friday between 3:00-7:00 p.m. There will be two (2) bed turnings on Friday and 3 bed turnings on Saturday, along with special events at the top of each hour.
  • Jana Russon will display the books about the Kirksville Art Building fire, and will have them for sale.
  • Diane Bloskovich is in charge of the kitchen on Saturday, and distributed a sheet for sign-up to provide the various kitchen needs.
  • Rooster Creek Quilting sent a gift.
  • The Kirksville Chamber of Commerce Newsletter is advertising our Quilt Show. It was emphasized that “Feedback” is extremely important.
  • Kay Beach needs assistance with the Bed Turning. Please see her to see how you can assist.
  • New members need to realize it will be cool in the building, so they may want to “layer” their clothing.
  • We have 12 vendors this year.
  • There will be a tribute to Charlie Beach.
  • There will be two machines set up for people to sew.
  • Viewer’s Choice ballots will be counted and the ribbons will be attached to the winning quilts by 3:00 p.m.
  • If you wish to turn in your raffle tickets tonight, give them to Diane Bloskovich, and give the money to Jo Ann Harrison.
  • The raffle quilt drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. on June 3.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.



At the April 19 meeting we had lots of beautiful show and tell. Enjoy!


Our program this month was on Barn Quilts. We had two guest speakers, Dr. Joanie Bramon and Sarah Saltmarsh. Each approached their barn paintings a bit differently.

Joanie tries to find out five favorite colors of the intended recipient and then creates a design. She began painting them on 5/8” exterior plywood but after doing an 8’ one, decided that was too heavy. Now, she uses an aluminum composite board and 2 layers of Benjamin Moore acrylic paints (because her relative was a Benjamin Moore dealer). She also uses felt pieces to recreate her painted blocks.

Sarah picks out 5 colors and designs her creations. She uses 5/8” exterior plywood and Sherwin-Williams paints (because her father was a Sherwin-Williams dealer). She used two base coats. She also provided a couple of magazine articles for us to enjoy, as well.



APRIL 19, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. Vice-President Elsie Gaber called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. in the absence of the President. Due to the evening’s program, things were reversed, with the program at the beginning.

Presenting the program this evening were Dr. Joanie Bramon and Sarah Saltmarsh, who both paint barn quilts. Joanie tries to find out five favorite colors of the intended recipient and then creates a design. She began painting them on 5/8” exterior plywood but after doing an 8’ one, decided that was too heavy. Now, she uses an aluminum composite board and 2 layers of Benjamin Moore acrylic paints because her relative was a Benjamin Moore dealer. She has no idea of the life expectancy of the finished product.

Sarah picks out 5 colors and designs her creations. She uses 5/8” exterior plywood and Sherwin-Williams paints because her father was a Sherwin-Williams dealer. She used two base coats. Time was provided for questions and there was a break for a closer look. Following the break, complete with coffee, punch, and cookies, Show & Tell was held.


  • Barb Bevell: Super King quilt for their bed made in a maple leaf design on the front. Due to the size of the quilt, she didn’t have enough fabric for the back, so she put “Flying Geese” blocks down the middle of the back.
  • Alice Allinson: She lost three (3) quilts in the Kirksville Arts Center fire, one of which was a family favorite Christmas quilt of an angel. She plans to make that pattern again. Alice did make a quilt she donated it to the Kirksville Arts Council for a raffle quilt. It had a blue back and was called “Echoes.”
  • Carol Cunningham: related a story of her road trip to Bosworth.
  • Rose Marie Smith: demos from last year’s quilt show. “Rising Star” quilt was quilted by Effie Sickal.
  • Bonnie Schultz: showed her “Mushed Up” quilt made from leftover fabrics and leftover blocks of 4-Patch, Pinwheel, and Log Cabin patterns. It was quilted by Joan Harrison.
  • Brenda Moore: Quilt for a grandson with coon dogs on it and it was quilted in a “moose” pattern.
  • Meredith Willcox: 50”x 60” lap quilt made for the Dialysis Clinc. It was made with fabrics left over from a quilt she lost in the fire, and was named, “All Seasons.”
  • Vel Pauls: “Dresden Plate” blocks made by her grandmother are in this quilt, quilted by Shelley Pagliai.

The meeting was called to order following the break & Show & Tell. Thirty members answered roll call with “What Is Your Favorite Holiday Food?” Visitors in addition to Dr. Joanie Bramon and Sarah Saltmarsh were Beth Smith, Mary Grosshart, Vel Pauls, Shirley Baldwin, and Amanda Moots. The Treasurer’s Report was presented.

The Retreat will be Saturday, March 22, at the Adair County Annex, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $12.00, with a light breakfast and pizza lunch provided. Rose Marie Smith and Kay Beach will be the presenters on “curved piecing.” Ironing boards, irons, and cutting mats will be available.


Courtesy: Bonnie Schultz reported Keith Peck has had his second surgery and is doing well. Cards were signed for Keith and also Cindy Spearman. Di Zook thanked everyone on behalf of Anna Edwards.

Newsletter Blog: Barb Bevell has updated the BLOG.

Nominating: Diane Bloskovich reported we need a Vic-President.

The UFO notebook was circulated so people could fill in their block.


Barb Bevell circulated work sign-up sheets for the Show to be held June 2 & 3, 2017, at the William Matthews Middle School. Everyone’s help is needed to set up and or take down quilts. Ten vendors are scheduled. Special exhibit areas will be : “Sit & Sew,” “Handwork,” “Bed turning” (with a “friendship theme), and displays of Veteran Quilts; Charity quilts, and quilts from the fire. There will be a special presentation to four (4) veterans Saturday afternoon with Rose Marie Smith in charge.

Diane Jarvis needs friendship quilts for the Bed Turning, and they must be turned in to Diane at the May 17 meeting!


Denim shirts with the Hands of Friendship logo are available and the Guild pays $15. toward the cost of a member’s first shirt.

We were reminded of the Trunk Shows and Quilt Workshops being held at Maples Theater, Macon, in conjunction with the play, “Quilters.” There will be trunk shows on September 30 (Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilting), October 7 (Shelley Pagliai), and October 14 (Carl Hentsch). Workshops will be presented on October 7 (Shelley Pagliai), and October 14, (Carl Hentsch).

Missouri Star Quilting Academy will be May 23 & 24. Karen Farnsworth has been asked to present at this Academy.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary