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

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January 16, 2019 — Meeting Postponed

FYI: The January 16, 2019 Meeting has been postponed — 
“Dear Guild Members,
Due to the predicted Weather Advisory for freezing rain early this evening, we are going to postpone our Guild meeting tonight until next week.  The program will remain the same as well as the time and place.
Please stay home and be safe!!
(I will attempt to call those who do not use e-mail or facebook.  You might want to spread the word to anyone you think might not get the message!)

January 2019 — Community Outreach

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild has recently begun to partner with the Kirksville Arts Association. This partnership will provide us with a closer working relationship with the KV Arts and allow more community exposure to what we do through quilt education. We currently meet in their temporary space on south Baltimore, in Kirksville.

This partnership was mentioned in the December MOSAIC News & Notes.

Also featured in the newsletter, was the “2nd Weekend of Quilting” class, co-taught by Alice Allinson and Andrea O’Brien, on October 6, 2018. Alice and Andi led twelve women through the proper cutting, pressing, and piecing techniques for the “Double Churn Dash” block, by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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Alice and Andi’s next “confident beginner” quilting class will be May 4, 2019 at the Arts Association Building. This will be geared toward the quilters from the October class, but also suitable for others who wish to learn about quilting.

Reminder — November Meeting is a Week Early This Month!

A note from our president–
As you look forward to the coming week, don’t forget that we will have our November Guild Meeting THIS Wednesday (11/14) since our regular meeting night is the evening before Thanksgiving this year.  The program will be a demonstration on how to make “rope bowls” by our own Deb Freese and Barb Roberts.  It should be a great program!!  Sign-up for the Christmas Party/Dinner will also continue.
Also a reminder that the Community Service Committee has asked that we bring non-perishable food items to THIS meeting rather than the December meeting.
Hope to see you there!!

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Minutes from the September 2016 HOF Meeting


SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. President Andrea O’Brien opened the meeting at 6:36 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 33 members with “Who taught me how to sew and quilt.” Visitors were Vel Pauls of North Carolina, Mary Johnson of Jefferson City (guests of Meredith Willcox), and Betsy Delmonico with the Kirksville Arts Association. Karen Farnsworth became a member of our group this evening.

The minutes were approved as sent out via email and the postal service. Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s Report and it was also approved.

There was a special presentation to Kay Beach and daughter, Debbie Hudnall, in honor of Charlie Beach (husband and father). He was made an “Honorary Charter Member” of the Guild. It was noted Kay was a Charter Member. Charlie donated his sawhorses to the Guild–we always use them at the Quilt Show.

Betsy Delmonico of the Kirksville Arts Association was introduced. They are sponsoring a month-long celebration this fall and will have many special events. Among those events, Linda Colton will lead a basket-weaving class on November 4 and 5. There are super-sized photographs of Paul Straight and the Sally Mountain group on display. The Missouri Folklore Society will meet in Kirksville this year—some of their meetings will be on the Truman State campus and some will be at the Days Inn. There will be a meal incorporating Congolese and Latino food, as well as other dishes. Ryan Spearman will have a display of items made from recycled items and there will be a tour of the “Round Barn” on Saturday. If anyone wants to display a quilt at this event, bring them to the Kirksville Arts Association on October 8-9.

The UFO Challenge pages for 2016-17 were distributed, filled out, and will be given to Barbara Bevell.


Vice President Elsie Gaber thanked Bonnie and the Courtesy Committee for honoring Charlie Beach.

All Committees met for 10 minutes and then gave reports:

Courtesy:   They send cards to members who are ill or have lost family members. It was announced Susan Guffey’s mother passed away and Evelyn Glasgow lost her sister. Cindy Spearman is receiving treatments for her cancer. Her birthday is today and a card was circulated to be sent to her.

Community Service: Renae Farnsworth announced we will collect food items at the December meeting for those who need assistance. In January, there will be a “push” for Project Linus.

One of our members makes “Pillowcase” dresses to be given to missionaries and then distributed overseas. Many of our members continue to support “Days for Girls,” also. “Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” days will be dedicated to community services and veterans’ quilts. Motion by Kay Beach, second by Di Zook, to make $300.00 available to the Community Service Committee for these projects. The motion carried.

Quilt ‘Til U Wilt: The first “Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” of the 2016-2017 year will be Saturday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. Please bring a dish to share or a sack lunch if you prefer.

2017 Quilt Show: The theme will be “Old Friends” and the show will be dedicated to Charlie Beach.

Christmas Party: Kim Sampson announced this committee will meet at her home at 7:00 p.m., October 5.

Special Exhibits: A project will be announced next month.

Quilt Retreat: A quilt retreat is being discussed as to location.



At the October meeting, all who wish to participate are asked to bring one(1) or more sets of five (5) 2 ½” strips cut the width of fabric. There will be a drawing for them.

It is hoped to have some type of drawing each month.



Marilyn Peck:

  1. Bags for all her daughters-in-law
  2. Eagle Scout wall hanging for a grandson.

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. “Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll” quilt, won a ribbon at the Edina Quilt Show & was quilted by Carla Gower.

Diane Bloskovich:

  1. Assisted her sister who had a double mastectomy, showed bags she made for the use of mastectomy patients.

Ellen Farnsworth:

  1. Completed many UFO’s: table runners
  2. Mug rugs
  3. Small “Disappearing Nine-Patch square
  4. Stack of fabrics from Houston Quilt Show
  5. Small quilt
  6. “bits & pieces” baby quilt
  7. Linus quilts
  8. Child’s quilt with horses
  9. 2 hot pads, 9×13 hot pad, & hot pad in fall colors.

Susan Chidester:

  1. Panel quilt with flowers & lady bugs
  2. Colorful fat quarter quilt
  3. Convergence quilt in oranges & browns
  4. Quilt with purple & lavender squares
  5. Row-by-row purse.
  6. On a trip to her sister’s in TN, Susan made pillowcases, bags and pieced items of favorite colors; used doilies and aprons of her mother.

Meredith Willcox:

  1.  Scottish quilt in red, black, & white
  2. Tote bag.

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. “Standing Strong” veteran’s quilt with Air Force theme
  2. Quilt made for Melba Bowen from Melba’s family pieces in a 4-patch star.


2016 Challenge Quilts:

Eight 2016 Challenge Quilts were displayed and voted on by the group. The theme was “Any block made in 3 different sizes.” Members voted on their favorites and the winners were:

1st Place: Shelley Pagliai

2nd Place: Mary Magruder; and

3rd Place: Andrea O’Brien.

Other participants were Linda Kowalski, Jo Conklin, Meredith Willcox, Bonnie Schultz, and Joan Harrison.

These quilts will be displayed at the 2017 Quilt Show in the “Challenge Quilt” category. Others who made the challenge quilts but did not have them completed for this meeting can display their quilts in the “Challenge Quilt” category at the 2017 Quilt Show.

Upcoming Events:

  • The Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival will be October 1, 2016, 9 a.m-4:30 p.m., on the Kirksville Square.
  • The Salt River Quilt Show will be October 15-16, 2016, at the Mark Twain Memorial Museum, Florida, MO. Contact or at 573-565-3449.
  • Little Blessings Retreat Center, 106 E. 3rd St., Cameron, MO is now open. For information, contact Rose Hamer (816-966-2882) or

Shelly Pagliai will present a Trunk Show at the October 19, 2016, meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

2016-2017 UFO Challenge Rules

UFO Challenge—“2016-2017”

Well, folks, it’s that time of the year. Time to make out your UFO list and start chipping away at it!! This is your chance to finish a few of those UFOs you’ve been putting off. Not only will you feel good about finishing something, you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! So, get your list together and fill out an official “Block” at the meeting. NOTE: If you can’t attend the meeting in September or October, please email Barb ( with your list and she’ll fill out one for you.

GOAL: The goal of this challenge is to help you finish some of your UFOs throughout the year.


  • In September, you will fill out a 12-part “Block” with potential UFOs* you would like to finish within one year. (*NOTE: If you do not have any UFOs, please list Kits/Projects you have already purchased and plan to start and finish within the year.)
  • You’ll have one month to adjust the entries in your “Block”, then after that, your projects stay as listed.
  • The “Block” will be kept in a notebook and brought to each meeting.
  • When the item is finished, you will color in your “piece” on the Block. You may fill out an additional “Block” once you fill up the first one.
  • Each month at Show and Tell, you are encouraged to show (or share if you don’t have the item anymore) your completed item.
  • Contest runs one year, from September 2016 to August 2017.

PRIZES: At the end of the year, we’ll have 3 drawings:

  • First drawing: Only those who complete their entire sheet of 12 UFOs may participate in this drawing. One entry per person, per completed sheet(s).
  • Second drawing: You’ll get one entry for each completed UFO. The more UFOs you complete, the better your chances of winning.
  • Third drawing: Every participant (even if they don’t finish anything on the list) will get one entry added to the basket, along with those names in the second drawing.

No duplicate winners.