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

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2019 Challenge Quilt Announced

The 2019 Challenge Quilt was announced at the October Guild meeting. It’s APPLIQUE! The committee members encouraged everyone to give Applique a try. Three unique ways to add applique to your quilt are provided here, in a printable form: 2019 challenge quilt instructions.

Challenge Rules:

  • Construct a quilt that incorporates applique.
  • Your quilt can use machine or hand applique. (We have included some basic instructions as suggestions–see printable instructions, above).
  • No size requirement for your quilt.
  • Complete your quilt and bring it to the September 2019 guild meeting for judging and the awarding of prizes.

You must finish the quilt within this year, so if you have one started from years ago, FINISH it!!

Get started now, ladies. The reveal will be here before you know it!




2017-2018 HOF Guild Challenge Reveal

The 2017-2018 HOF Guild Challenge Reveal was held during our September meeting. Nineteen members participated in the Log Cabin challenge. Rules included a minimum size of 42″ square, block had to be a Log Cabin, and the center square had to be the color of your birthstone. Other than that, it was wide-open! And it was. There weren’t two alike.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017-2018 Challenge:


1st – Debra Freese

2nd – Barb Rowland Roberts

3rd – Alice Allinson

It was an amazing display of talent. We hope you enjoy the show!

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2018 — HOF Challenge

The 2018 HOF Challenge has been revealed!!  Will you be participating? We hope so. Start thinking about it and get started. You have less than a year…

For a printable copy: HOF Quilt Guild Challenge 2018

Log Cabin with Your Birthstone Color as Center Color

History of Log Cabin Block: This block has been traced back to ancient Egypt. However, it became most notably popular in the late 1800’s. It is said that the center square of a log cabin quilt block represents the hearth of a log cabin and is the “heart” of the home. For this reason, many traditional log cabin quilts will feature a red center square. Each of the logs around the center are looked at as “building blocks” to that home. With such a rich background, log cabins are great quilts to give as a gift for a housewarming.

History of Birthstones: Experts believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible. In Exodus 28, Moses sets forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. In the 1930s, these gemstones were identified and one assigned for each month of the year.

 Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild 2018 Challenge

  1. Pick any pattern of the Log Cabin quilt block that you wish to use. This is a very old, traditional quilt block, and patterns can be easily found in magazine or online. A few examples are shown below.
  2. Use your birthstone color as the center block color (#1 in the photos below). You can also use your birthstone color in other places in the quilt, too, but it needs recognizable in the center of each block.
  3. Your quilt should be made with a recognizable Log Cabin pattern, using a minimum of nine blocks.
  4. Quilt can be any size, but must be a minimum of 42” x 42”.
  5. Quilt must be completely finished (including binding and label) to be entered in the challenge at the September 2018 meeting, and be shown in the HOF Quilt Show in 2019 as part of the Guild challenge.


 Birthstone Colors

January: Garnet/Deep Red
February: Amethyst/Purple
March: Aquamarine/Light turquoise
April: Diamond/Silver
May: Emerald/Green
June: Pearl or Moonstone/White
July: Ruby/Bright Red
August: Peridot/Olive or Dark Green
September: Sapphire/Blue
October: Tourmaline or Opal/Pink or Cream
November: Topaz or Citrine/Gold
December: Tanzanite or Zircon/Turquoise & Blue combo