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Upcoming Quilt Show in the Area…

Check out the upcoming Quilt Show in Brookfield. Looks like fun. Put March 19 on your calendar and let’s get a carload of people together and go!


Minutes from the October 2015 HOF Guild Meeting

Use this link to download and print a copy of our October 2015 HOF Minutes.


OCTOBER 21, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on October 21, 2015. As the members/friends gathered, Elsie Gaber handed out name tags, and each person received a square of various fabrics, the third one we have received.

President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:38 p.m., and announced the October birthdays. Joan Harrison introduced her guest, Bonnie Lindquist, a high school classmate. Roll Call, “number of years I have been a member of Quilt Guild,” was answered by 30 members.

The minutes were approved as sent out via email and the postal service. Treasurer Joan Harrison presented her report and it was discussed.

Joan also prepared a separate and final report of expenses for the Bonnie Hunter event.

There was a question as to why the funds for the speaker system were taken from the Bonnie Hunter Event. Joan explained that the system was purchased especially for the Bonnie Hunter Event and the need for everyone to be able to hear the instructions and other information during that event. Although it will be used for other things, such as regular meetings and the Quilt Show(s), most likely it would not have been purchased at this time, except for the Bonnie Hunter Event. She clarified we have only one bank account, but it could be taken from another section of that account. As we began setting aside funds for the Bonnie Hunter event and it was in the early planning stages, there had been a comment that when the Bonnie Hunter Event was over, if there was unused money, some of it would be used to purchase something for the Guild and any remaining funds retained for a future retreat.



Kirksville Art Center Quilt Show:  President Di announced that the list for quilts to be shown during November through December at the Kirksville Art Center needed to be completed. Nineteen(19) people had signed up at the September meeting and the list was circulated again. Quilts must be taken to the Art Center on November 2 & 3, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. If anyone has a problem getting their quilt to the Art Center between those hours, Kay Beach was volunteered to take them—those quilts must be taken to Kay, she will NOT pick them up.

Shirts for new members were discussed. The person who has done shirts for us previously has retired and we need to find another source. President Di did some checking and there was a wide price range from $21.00 to $65.00 for blue chambray shirts, with the most reasonable price at Unionville.   Vice-President Andrea O’Brien checked with the Stitching Post in Kirksville, and we can get polo shirts there for $18, with the stitching costing approximately another $5. She did not check on the blue chambray shirts but will do so. It was felt we would rather purchase them locally if possible. Barb Bevell conducted a short survey as to what we might want:

  • New members chambray shirts, Guild to pay $15.00 of cost – 8-10;
  • Old Members or 2nd chambray shirt (cost is “on your own”) – 5;
  • Polo shirts (cost is “on your own”) – 10.

It was decided to “work” on this during the month and make a decision in November.

“Tie-Dye Shirts” to be worn at the 2016 Quilt Show: John O’Brien’s classes at Truman will provide the shirts AND tie-dye them for $10.00 per person. This is a money-making project of his classes and the consensus was that it is a bargain! Money for these shirts can be given to Joan Harrison. All members are encouraged to wear the tie-dye shirts during the 2016 Quilt Show.

Membership Books:  Rose Marie Smith prepared the information for the new books and they were circulated. She was commended for her efforts!




COMMUNITY SERVICE: Meredith Willcox announced that several members had gotten together and sewn 50 neck pillows for the Dialysis Clinic. She asked if there was a need for neck pillows or other items at George Rea Treatment Center or another clinic, etc., which needs to be checked out.

Charity Quilts: Rose Marie Smith stated that Renae Farnsworth often pays out of her pocket for batting, fabric, etc. for the Veterans’ Quilts. Rose Marie made a motion, seconded by Elsie Gaber, to have Joan Harrison order batting at her best price for the Veterans’ Quilts and give the batting to Renae. The motion carried.   For Roll Call in November EVERYONE is to bring an item(s) from their “stash” to be given to Renae and used in the Veterans’ Quilts.

COURTESY: Members are Bonnie Schultz, Brenda Moore, Susan Guffey, and Gloria Davis. Bonnie stated all the members of this committee are new and will appreciate notice when someone is ill, hospitalized, etc. Cards were sent to Gyla Elmore and Paula Presley who were “under the weather”. It was announced Mary Magruder had surgery recently and a card will be sent to her.

HISTORIAN: There was no report.

NEWSLETTER/BLOG/WEBSITE: This month, 121 people have been on our BLOG.

BY-LAWS: Vice-President Andrea O’Brien spoke about the By-Laws, which are in the back of the program book. It is planned to have committee sign-ups in May 2016, since our new year begins is July, and we could then have the books printed much earlier than in the past.

CHRISTMAS PARTY COMMITTEE: The committee is working on Christmas party plans but had nothing specific to announce at this time.

QUILT TIL YOU WILT: Rose Marie Smith announced that she will set up a Quilt Til You Wilt on either November 21, or December 5. She will let us know when the plans are complete.



Bonnie Schultz, Masha Yahl, and Joan Harrison presented the theme for the 2016 Challenge Quilts: “Size Matters.” Participants are to make a quilt with at least three (3) sizes of the same block. Fillers, such as sashing, etc., can be used, and can be any size. These quilts will be shown in September 2016 and then entered in the 2017 Quilt Show. They showed several examples using such things as “9-patch,” “stars,” etc.



  • Meredith Willcox:
    1. “Iris” quilt, quilted by Joan Harrison;
    2. Pillow appliquéd with a Scotty dog for a granddaughter;
    3. “Cathedral Windows” blocks;
    4. “Embroidered Sampler” quilt.
  • Gyla Elmore:
    1. “Honeymoon Shadows,” quilt made for her husband with leftover pieces in a snowball pattern.
  • Brenda Moore:
    1. “Disappearing Hourglass.”
  • Mary Shoaf:
    1. “Folding Flowers,”
    2. “Disappearing Pinwheel.”
  • Barb Bevell:
    1. “Dolly Quilt,” made from leftovers of Jean Nevins’ quilt.
  • Alice Allinson:
    1. “Stained Glass Wonder.”
  • Kathy East:
    1. Veterans’ Quilts: U.S. Navy quilt for a doctor friend;
    2. U.S. Army quilt for a La Plata friend;
    3. A “tell” about another U. S. Army quilt, which will be given away before the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

Bonnie Hunter Retreat Photos, part 2…

More Bonnie Hunter Retreat photos. Check them out…

The 2015 HOF Retreat — Bonnie Hunter

The long-anticipated Bonnie Hunter Retreat was finally here! September 17, 18, and 19, 2015 was a busy, busy time for all. Our Retreat Committee worked tirelessly to bring us one of the best retreats ever!

Bonnie led three classes:

1.Playing with Jacks” (Thursday)              playjacks 016


2. “Jared Takes a Wife” (Friday)                                    jaredpurple1


3. “Texas Tumbleweeds” (Saturday).       texastumbleweed


Friday night was a fantastic Trunk Show and the crowd was excited to hear Bonnie’s talk and see her quilts. At the end, members of the HOF guild had a “show and share” of her quilt patterns we had made.

There were tons of photos taken, so sit back and relax and enjoy the show.

(Click on a photo to zoom in, then use the arrows to scroll back and forth.)


Minutes from the August 2015 HOF Guild Meeting

Use this link to download and print a copy of our August 2015 Minutes.


AUGUST 19, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in the Fellowship Hall at the First Methodist Church, Kirksville, on July 19, 2015. As the members/friends gathered, Elsie Gaber handed out name tags which corresponded to the “colors” on each table. With many newer members, this is an effort to have everyone know each other better. Each table contained a number & color with small fabric pieces corresponding to that color and attendees were to take them home. We will be instructed at a later time what to do with these fabrics.

President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Linda Pickett introduced Kathy Reick from the Kirksville Art Center. Ms. Reick requested that the Guild members display 15-18 of our quilts in the Art Center. They will receive them on both November 1 and 2, and then display them through the end of December. Interest was expressed and we agreed to do this. They will have a reception for the Guild members on November 19. The quilts do NOT have to have a Christmas theme. Her phone number is 216-0337 (cell) or 665-6333 if anyone wants to talk to her about this.

President Di Zook announced the August birthdays and several visitors were introduced:  Tara Hettinger, April Bartlett, Lois Powell, and Beverly Compton. Some of them paid dues later that evening in order to become members. Brenda Moore was introduced, also—she had paid dues at the 2015 Quilt Show  Roll Call was answered by 38 members and 4 visitors with “My  Favorite Color.”  (Blue and purple were the overall favorites.)

The minutes were approved as sent out via email and the postal service.  Some have not been receiving their emails and we will try to straighten that out. Treasurer Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s report and reminded everyone that dues are now due and payable.


A list of the various committees was circulated and we were reminded that EVERYONE needs to be on at least one committee.

Bonnie Hunter Retreat:

Linda Pickett gave a detailed report on the expenses for the upcoming retreat, September 18, 19, and 20, 2015, totaling $4,800.80.

Items included:

  • Airfare;
  • 1/3 of the mileage for a rental vehicle, estimated;
  • One ½ day Workshop
  • Two full-day workshops;
  • Trunk Show;
  • Plus $35. for each registrant over 24;
  • Building rental

TOTAL:  $4,800.80

Additional expenses: $200 Security for Thursday & Friday nights, making a Total of $5,000.00.

They also plan to have bottled water and donuts on both Friday and Saturday and a buffet luncheon will be served on both Friday and Saturday at a cost of $10.00 per person.

There will be three (3) ironing stations set up—DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN IRON!! There will also be cutting stations set up. If you wish to bring your own cutting board, it MUST be a small one. Two attendees will be seated on each side at long banquet tables, so there won’t be a tremendous amount of room.

There are 4 openings on Thursday, September 17, and 4 openings on Saturday, September 19, due to some cancellations. It is hoped we can fill these vacancies because the registrations have been refunded to those who cannot now attend.

Diane Bloskovich and Andrea O’Brien will both check with their sons to see if one of them would want to provide Security on Thursday and/or Friday nights.

Kay Beach announced that gift certificates will be given away from both Quilted Square and Wildflower Quilting. Nine gift bags with quilty/sewing items and 10 table runners have been made by the committee as additional door prizes.

Purchase of a Sound System:

There was a discussion about the purchase of a sound system from “,” including a microphone, microphone stand and case, and possibly wireless microphone.  This would be a “Mackie” brand. Barb Bevell works with these systems all the time and said the Mackie brand is good. It was pointed out that we could utilize the microphone system for the Quilt Show, as well. (We have been borrowing a microphone system from the Rotary for use at the Quilt Show.)  After discussion, Pat Kurtzeman made a motion, second by Rose Marie Smith, to purchase a sound system, including a wireless microphone, hand-held microphone, and remote with a spending limit of $1,000. The motion carried unanimously. Diane Jarvis will be assisted by Barb Bevell as to order what is needed.

2016 Quilt Show:

It was announced that Kirksville R-III has offered one of their schools for our 2016 Quilt Show and it will be free! Many felt the Junior High would be ideal. The gymnasium is larger than the gym at the YMCA, and we will have access to the commons area and the Home Economics room. Also, we will be able to get into the building much earlier. This would give us more room for vendors, more space for quilts, and the gymnasium floor will be protected by the school, so we won’t need to be quite as careful. It has been penciled in for the first full weekend in June (3 & 4), 2016, and this was agreeable with everyone. Elsie Gaber made a motion that we go to the Junior High for the 2016 Quilt Show on June 3 & 4, 2016, seconded by Bonnie Schultz, and a unanimous vote.

UFO Challenge:

Elsie Gaber and Barb Bevell are on the Fun and Games Committee and in charge of the UFO Challenge (not to be confused with the 2015-2016 Guild Challenge). Everyone in attendance was asked to fill out a Challenge paper and encouraged to complete at least one project on the paper during the year.


 A paper was circulated to sign up for the quilts to be displayed at the Kirksville Art Center.



Renae Farnsworth requested that anyone who has a veteran’s quilt give it to her before the next meeting.


It will be Saturday, August 22, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Adair County Annex.  Everyone is free to come and go as time allows.  We will have a carry-in lunch or you can “brown bag” it, if you prefer.  It is a good opportunity to get to know others in the Quilt Guild and we hope some of our new members will attend!


The reveal of Bonnie Hunter quilts will be at the September 16, 2015, meeting.  The new Challenge Project will be presented at the October 21, 2015, meeting, to be completed by the September 2016 meeting.


  • Nancy Krueger
  1. “Grand Illusion,” a Bonnie Hunter quilt
  • Cathy Poyner
  1. “Four Square Dance,” a mystery quilt
  • Barb Bevell
  1. “Cathedral Window,” a rag quilt she made from denim circles, to be used as a picnic quilt.
  • Kathy Krog
  1. “Solitary Confinement,”
  2. An Irish Chain pattern using Shelly Pagliai’s hand-dyed fabrics
  3. “Strippers Delight,” one of Shelly Pagliai’s pattern.
  • Shelly Pagliai
  1. Leather quilt bag given to her by Scott for her birthday
  2. “French Country Sampler” Her new design for the Quilt Club’s Block of the Month for Sew Sweet Quilt Shop
  • Kim Sampson
  1. A quilt made by her 9-year-old grandson. He made two of them for twin babies expected soon.
  • Kay Beach
  1. A Veteran’s quilt.
  • Elsie Gaber
  1. “Macaroni & Cheese,” the 2004 Crayon Challenge quilt
  2. Bear quilt made in 2011 for Ron Gaber.
  • Mary Shoaff
  1. “Twister;”
  2. A Christmas wall hanging
  • Bonnie Schultz
  1. A cat quilt made for her 2 yr. old granddaughter
  2. Black/white quilt made from sale fabrics
  3. Denim quilt for granddaughter made with squares precut by a lady from Hurdland
  • Liz Mills
  1. A fabric book for grandbaby #3, born August 6
  •  Rose Marie Smith
  1. Quilt from magazine that was called “Prairie Stars”, but she named it “Prairie Christmas.”
  • Linda Kowalski
  1. embroidered butterflies quilt
  • Andrea O’Brien
  1. UFO made from scraps;
  2. Quilt for son Zane made from fabric hand-dyed by Andrea & husband John
  3. Tiger Quilt made with hand-dyed fabrics
  4. “Disappearing Hourglass”

Kathy Krog demonstrated  how to make a 10-minute table runner. Instructions can be found on It requires ½ yard fabric for the back and 1/3 yard fabric for the front. Sew down both edges with right sides together. Fold in half back to back and sew a ¼:” seam on each end. Turn it right side out & each end becomes a point.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

Heads up for the August 19 Meeting…

Tonight’s the night. It’s meeting time! 

Just a quick reminder to bring your list of UFO’s (unfinished objects). We will be filling out the yearly UFO challenge “block”. For each UFO you complete within the year (and hopefully show at a guild meeting), you’ll get 1 chance at the drawing at the end of the year. When you fill up your paper “block”, you’ll receive an additional entry in the drawing. If you choose to participate, not only will you have a chance to win some great prizes, you’ll have finished some of your UFO’s!

The August Program features our very own Kathy Krogh, demonstrating the “10 Minute Table Runner”. What a quick and easy way to make gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, Linda Pickett will give us last minute information on the Bonnie Hunter retreat in September.  Folks, the time is QUICKLY approaching. Two years of hard work and anticipation are coming to a close. Thank you to Linda and her committee for all their hard work. We know it will be a GREAT retreat!

NEMO Shop Hop


The NEMO Shop Hop, “Made in America”, will be held July 16, 17, and 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Get your passport filled at each shop to be included in the Grand Prize drawing. Door prizes, plus 10% discount, at each shop during that time. Below is a list of participating merchants:

Wheeler’s Long Arm Quilting and Fabric

16212 State Hwy Y

Greentop, MO 63546



Bri Lee Design Quilt Shop

16596 Johnson Dr.

Glenwood, MO 63541



Wildflower Quilting

Hwy 63

Greentop, MO 63546



Farmhouse Primitives

401 E. Northtown Rd.

Kirksville, MO 63501



Quilted Square

511 S. Baltimore Ste 10

Kirksville, MO 63501



Memphis Merchantile

115 E. Monroe

Memphis, MO 63555



Zimmerman’s Store

Hwy M and Main St.

Rutledge, MO 63563


2015 Hands of Friendship Quilt Show Was Huge Success!

The 30th annual Hands of Friendship Quilt Show is now in the record books. What a wonderful event it was! The show was held at the YMCA in Kirksville, Missouri, on May 29 and 30.

So many exciting things happened!! There were over 100 beautiful quilts on display, from small art quilts to large bed quilts. Four Bed Turnings were held throughout the show and each were standing room only. Demonstrations on hand quilting and machine piecing were going on most of the time during the two-day event, as well. Community Service displays of the Veterans Quilts and Project Linus quilts were among the highlights of the show. Seven vendors from Iowa and Missouri were in represented and lots of shopping was taking place.

We saw many new faces in the crowd. Some had traveled quite a distance to attend. And several attendees expressed desire to become members! I think a good time was had by all.

After several days of uploading, editing, tagging, and proofing, the photos are ready to share. Below are slide shows of all of the winners of each category, the 2015 Raffle Quilt winner, photos of every quilt that was on display, and random pictures of the show itself. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed seeing them in person.

(If you have additional photos to share, please email and let us know.)

If you want a copy of the Show Book, you may download it here: 2015 Quilt Show Entries

If you would like to see a list of winners, you may download it here:  2015 Quilt Show Winners

Presenting the winners from each division:

Small Art Quilts/Wall Hangings/All Techniques (up to 36″ wide):

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Large Art Quilts/Wall Hangings/All Techniques (over 36″ wide):

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Baby/Youth Themed Quilts:

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Youth Quilter (made by quilters under age 18):

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Hand Quilted:

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Machine Quilted/Computer Guided (up to 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Hand Guided (up to 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Hand Guided (over 82″wide):

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Machine Quilted/Mixed Technique:

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2014 Quilt Guild Challenge, 9-Patch in a Star (Members only):

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Antique (quilt age at least 50 years):

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2015 Raffle Quilt Winner: 

Our own, Barb Bevell was the lucky winner of the 2015 Raffle Quilt.

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Here’s what Barb had to say:

“I had been visiting with Shelly at her booth at the back of the YMCA when my son called to talk. As I talked to him, I headed back toward the demonstration area to put away my purchases. I heard people yelling my name and I didn’t know why. It got so loud and insistent, that I had to tell my son I’d have to call him back. Kay kept telling me, “you won”. My first reaction was that I won a ribbon in a category. I think I looked at her funny, because I didn’t know why she made such a fuss over winning a category ribbon. Then she told me I won the raffle quilt. I really thought Kay was kidding me until I looked around and saw that everyone else was smiling, too. Boy did it take a few minutes for it to sink in. I had no idea that they were drawing for the raffle quilt, much less that my name had been drawn. What a wonderful surprise! This beautiful quilt is proudly hanging in my home and will be a cherished remembrance of my friends in the guild. Thank you so much. I am truly blessed.”

Photos of each quilt entry: (Roll over the photo to reveal the maker’s name or click on the photo to see a full view)

Photos from the show: (click on the photo to enlarge and see caption)

Hands of Friendship Guild is Represented on KTVO

Kay Beach and Alice Allinson appeared on KTVO’s Good Morning Heartland program with Ela Soroka to talk about our upcoming Quilt Show and to show our raffle quilt. The gals did a great job and represented our organization well. Thanks Kay and Alice! In case you weren’t up at 6:15 a.m. when the show aired, here’s the link to the KTVO site.

2015 Quilt Show Entry Form — Deadline extended to May 8.


The deadline has been extended to MAY 8, for the entries for the 2015 Quilt Show.

Here’s the on-line entry form: 2015 Quilt Show Entry Form (on-line version)

Here’s a printable/mailable entry form2015 Quilt Show entry form