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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Adair County Annex.  President Brenda Moore called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.  Roll call was answered by 39 members. Guests Judy Gooch, Kneka Smith, Michaella Peck, Jessica Jones, and Meghan Jones were introduced. Several of our guests became members tonight.

The President announced the September birthdays and Treasurer Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report, with little activity this month.  Minutes of the August meeting were approved as sent out.

Kneka Smith, spoke on behalf of the Girl Scouts and told about an upcoming project/competition. The Girl Scouts are required to use three (3) fabrics that are provided by the Girl Scouts. They can use other fabrics in the block, but they MUST use a part of the three fabrics provided.  They will meet ½ day on October 21,when they will design and cut their pieces, and another half day on November 11, when they will sew their blocks together.  Both these sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Extra machines will be needed and several Guild members volunteered to bring one and assist however they can.  This project will be held at the Kirksville Art Center’s current location on Baltimore Street in the old US Cellular building.  To date, 13 young ladies have signed up to attend.

Andrea O’Brien presented a proposal made by the Kirksville Arts Council for the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild to meet in their temporary location in the old U.S. Cellular Building on the corner of Baltimore and La Harpe Streets, across the street south of Faith Lutheran Church.  When the Arts Council rebuilds in the future, we can also meet in their new building.  There will be no rental fee and there is more room in this location than at the Adair County Annex Building.   Amanda Moots made a motion to accept this offer of the Kirksville Arts Council, seconded by Sarah Spearman, and the motion carried unanimously.  It was agreed to keep the Adair County Annex as a backup.  Quilt ‘Til U Wilt will be at the Adair County Annex for the rest of 2017, and our regular meetings will be at the Kirksville Arts Council building beginning next month on October 18, 2017.  Andrea will contact the Kirksville Art Center with this information.


Rose Marie Smith needs updates of addresses, phone numbers, TONIGHT for the 2017-2018 program book.  Also, ALL committees must be filled tonight so the new book can be printed!

Quilt Show Committee sign-ups are also needed tonight!  Linda Kowalski volunteered to make the raffle quilt for the 2018 Quilt Show and Carol Cunningham volunteered to bind it.  A BIG thank you to both ladies!

Courtesy:  John Harrison has had 3 blood transfusions recently.  Marsha Yahl had a problem with her foot but is doing better.  She is currently wearing a “boot.”



2016-2017 HOF CHALLENGE REVEAL   (link to photos)

Twelve quilts were displayed in the Reveal.  All quilts were to have curves in their design with Kay Beach and Diane Jarvis in charge of the Reveal.  Following the secret ballot vote, the following winners were announced:

  1. Debra Freese:  $25 gift certificate from Wildflower Quilting
  2. Linda Kowalski:  $20 gift certificate from Grandma’s Room (Mary Shoaf)
  3. Diane Jarvis  $15 gift certificate to Hobby Lobby

Other participants were:  Kay Beach, Elsie Gaber, Joan Harrison, Andrea O’Brien, Marilyn Peck, Cathy Poyner, Celia Riggle, Bonnie Schultz, and Rose Marie Smith.


2016-2017 UFO REVEAL:

Barb Bevell announced that 200 UFO’s were completed this year and there was a drawing for the following  prizes:

  1. Cathy Poyner:  $25 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “Completed all twelve projects”
  2. Kathy East:  $15 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “One chance/each UFO completed”
  3. Karen Farnsworth:  $10 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “One chance for filling out a UFO form whether they completed any UFO’s or not”

The 2017-2018 HOF UFO Challenge has officially started. The goal is to encourage members to write down their UFOs and try to finish them throughout this next year. Prizes will be drawn for three categories:

  • Drawing #1: Those who have completed all twelve projects
  • Drawing #2: One chance/each UFO completed
  • Drawing #3: One chance for just participating

The “block” was handed out. Members will have 1 month to fill them in and the drawing will be AUGUST, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shelly and Rose Marie!! It was announced that Shelly Pagliai received “Honorable Mention” at the Paducah Quilt Show and Rose Marie Smith has a quilt in the Iowa Quilt Show.

The program in October will be presented by Gloria Horne.  She is the State Director for the ”Quilts of Valor” program.

SHOW & TELL:  (link to photos)

  • Meredith Willcox:
    • Quilt in navy blue;
    • Counted cross-stitch with a Christmas theme;
    • Embroidered butterflies with lime green;
    • Stack & Whack in navy blue with dark blue back.
  • Amanda Moots:
    • Linus blanket, of patchwork, hand quilted by her.
  • Barb Roberts:
    • 3 old antique blocks that were purchased & she hand-quilted them, using antique green fabric.
  • Alice Allinson:
    • Baby Quilt for co-worker who is having a girl; in pinks with pink giraffes.
    • King-size wedding quilt in golds and cream
  • Susan Chidester:
    • Large 4-patches in oranges & light green, outlined in white with orange backing;
    • Large diamond-shaped pieces in teal & purples.
    • A challenge quilt in moss green, purples, and lavender.
  • Kathaleen Winkleman:
    • First completed quilt made from Jelly Roll in purple/aqua.  She said it was a “learning experience.”
    • A “tell”:  Finished two other quilts for granddaughters.
  • Barb Bevell:
    • Memory Pillow for husband from his work shirts (he works for Southwestern Bell). She utilized the buttons on the front of the shirt as the closure.
    • First “block of the month” fromShelley Pagliai’s newest pattern, “Sew Sweet”.
  • Mary Shoaf:
    • She took a Lenny Wiener Class and made two portrait quilts from photos for her daughters.
  • Marilyn Peck:
    • Quilt top to go in “great-grandbaby’s hope chest” even though none of her grandchildren are married at this time.
  • Maria Bradshaw:
    • Linus blanket in dark blue with lavender back.
  • Mary Magruder:
    • Veteran’s quilt top in “Spin Cycle” pattern; blue print with flag print.
  • Kathy East:
    • Veteran’s quilt top in “Spin Cycle” pattern, red print with flag print.

President Brenda Moore reminded everyone that the October 18 meeting will be at the Kirksville Art Center building and it will be open by 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary.

2017 — MAY SHOW & TELL

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




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


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!