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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.

HOF Guild Member Happenings

July and August were busy months for some of our guild members.

The Community Service Committee made two donations on July 20. Celia Riggle and Rose Marie Smith delivered 7 quilts to Lifeline Pregnancy Center and 10 quilts to Victim Support Services. 

Pictured above, (left photo) Celia with a representative from Lifeline Pregnancy and (right photo) Celia, two representatives from Victim Support Services, and Rose Marie.

Thank you to the guild members who donated their time and talents in making a charity quilt, and thank you to Celia and Rose Marie who made the delivery possible.

On August 1, Shelly Pagliai gave a wonderful program at the Macon Historical Society. The well-attended event was thoroughly enjoyed by folks from all over. Shelly’s presentation highlighted the quilts and events from her new book, “A Simple Life“, based on her mother’s diary and life in the Macon and Bevier, Missouri areas in the 1950’s. Shelly shared lots of quilts from the book, along with the quilt that was featured in The Kansas City Star block-of-the-month program.

A group from the HOF guild traveled to Macon to hear her lecture. We are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. Congratulations on your new book, “A Simple Life”.

Minutes from the April 2016 HOF Guild Meeting


APRIL 20, 2016


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In the absence of the President and Vice-President, Secretary Joan Harrison called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.

Guests were Tammy Jones, Vel Pauls, and 5-month-old Adrick Hettinger. Joan announced we would have our program first, followed by refreshments, and then the business meeting. It should be noted that quite a few members are currently in Paducah, KY, for the Quilt Show there. Roll Call was answered by 27 members.

Bonnie Schultz introduced Tammy Jones of Quilted Square. Tammy presented the program on the “Hwy 36 Quilt Trail.” Seventeen (17) quilt shops on both sides of Hwy 36 are involved this year and “barns” is the theme. Some of the shops participating are Missouri Star Quilt at Hamilton; Jamesport; Marceline; Brookfield; and Quilted Square at Kirksville. All the shops had to be of the “Mom & Pop” type. This challenge began April 1, and runs through October 1, with the grand prize this year being a Janome sewing machine worth over $1,000.

Tammy displayed the quilt top she made with the Hwy 36 Quilt Trail blocks. At each shop, your “Passport” must be signed and they cannot be given to someone else—only those who entered the shop can have the “Passport” signed. Sixty people have already signed up. It is a BIG deal—last year patterns were given out to over 600 people.

Tammy has a new service at Quilted Square, called “Creative Sewing.” For people who have no sewing machine or are visiting in town and need to make clothing repairs or a garment, they will be able to use one of the machines at Quilted Square for a cost of $8.00 per hour.

The NEMO Shop Hop begins tomorrow, April 21, and runs through April 23, involving 7 shops.

The meeting was halted while refreshments of cupcakes, fresh veggies & dip, iced tea, and baggies of “goodies” were served by the Courtesy Committee.

The meeting was resumed and the minutes were approved as sent out. There are still some who are not receiving the minutes and we hope this can be corrected soon. Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s report showing a charge of $128.34 paid to have the raffle quilt quilted and an available balance of $799.81.

Kathy East gave a report of her trip to the Veterans Hospital, Columbia, on March 30, when female veterans were honored for their service. Rose Marie Smith had planned to attend but was ill. Gyla Elmore joined Kathy at this service and her assistance was really appreciated! Five quilts were presented: one to the speaker of the day and four women whose names were drawn from a basket.




    • Renae Farnsworth needs pictures of quilts given to veterans so she can make a new poster for the Quilt Show.
    • Bonnie Schultz sent cards to the Barb Bevell Family on the death of her mother-in-law, and to the Maria Bradshaw Family on the death of her mother, Elizabeth Gander.
    • Sarah Spearman reported her mother, Cindy, has been diagnosed recently with breast cancer. Cards of encouragement would be appreciated from the members.
  • HISTORIAN: No report.
  • NEWSLETTER: No report.
    • The challenge is to make a quilt with 3 sizes of one block. These quilts are due at the September meeting and your entry MUST BE QUILTED!!!
    • The next meeting will be SATURDAY, MAY 14, 9:00 a.m. to whenever YOU wilt, with a carry-in lunch.
    • Raffle Quilt:
      • Erin Northcutt circulated packets of the raffle quilt picture and tickets to all in attendance. Additional packets are available. She also announced she had picked up the new stickers for the signs.
    • Award and Ribbons:
      • Meredith Willcox reported they are working on the ribbons with themes of the 1970’s, flower child, etc.
    • QUILLT ENTRIES are due BY MAY 13..
    • Vendors:
      • Marsha Yahl reported 50+ letters were sent out and 11 vendors have paid. She has reserved 17 tables from Jerry McMain for the use of the vendors.
      • The list of vendors:
        • B & B Creations (Dean Boyd), Tracy, IA
        • Quilt’n Etc. (Jackie Rector), Keokuk, IA
        • Grandma’s Room (Mary Shoaf), Green City, MO
        • The Splintered Spool (John O’Brien), Kirksville, MO
        • WJ Stitchery (Wanda Cagle), Kirksville, MO
        • Quilted Square LLC (Tammy Jones), Kirksville, MO
        • Bri-Lee Designs (Susan Chidester), Glenwood, MO
        • Prairie Moon Quilts (Shelly Pagliai), New Cambria, MO
        • Sew Creative (Donna McAdams), Salisbury, MO
        • The Sewing House (Tim Dobson), Ottumwa, IA
        • Gigi & Poppa’s Kettle Korn (Glenna & Danny Young), Kirksville, MO
  • SHOW & TELL:
  • Mary Shoaff:
    1. Her husband recently purchased a Singer Featherweight machine for her at an auction. At another time he purchased some Singer attachments and she wondered what they are for. It was suggested she check the book that came with the machine to see if it would shed any light on what the attachments are.
  • Meredith Willcox:
    1. Displayed beautiful large bags she made in polka dot fabrics and striped fabrics.
  • Kay Beach:
    1. Bright blue quilt with flowers in the center. She cut up quilt panels, then used the “shattered images” concept and sewed the panels back together.
    2. “Hocus Pocus,” blocks embroidered with sulky thread
  • Kim Sampson
    1. Quilt for Sara Quigley, kindergarten teacher who is retiring. Colors of blue, yellow
  • Maria Bradshaw (several quilts made by her mother or others):
    1. “Lone Star;”
    2. “Crazy Quilt” tied with yarn;
    3. “Double Wedding Ring,”
    4. “Embroidered Baskets,” made by her mother and quilted by Maria.and green in quatrefoil.
  • Bonnie Schultz
    1. Quilt made from charm packs received & left over at Retreat.
  • Kathy East
    1. Quilt completed for 90-year-old veteran who was in the Seabees; and
    2. Quilt for veteran who was formerly a teacher/principal in several area schools

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary