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

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Pillowcase Pattern — Burrito Style

For our Christmas Party, we have been asked to bring a pillowcase to donate.

This is just one example of the Burrito Style Pillowcase. It was published by the American Patchwork & Quilting and used in their 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

HOF Pillowcase

Photo courtesy of the American Patchwork & Quilting “1 Mission Pillowcase Challenge”.

Or a printable copy: HOF Guild-RollItUpPillowcase

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!




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



The September Program was the 2016-2017 HOF Challenge Reveal, “Curved Quilts”. The rules: Your quilt had to have curved piecing in it.

Members were encouraged to enter their quilt for judging (by silent ballot) by guild members. If you didn’t finish it in time for this reveal, you are encouraged to finish it in time for the quilt show in June. All entries will be hung together at the show.

There were 12 participants. Kay Beach, Debra Freese, Elsie Gaber, Joan Harrison, Diane Jarvis, Linda Kowalski, Andrea O’Brien, Marilyn Peck, Cathy Poyner, Celia Riggle, Bonnie Schultz, and Rose Marie Smith.

The winners were as follows:

  • 1st–Debra Freese ($25 gift certificate from Wildflower Quilting)
  • 2nd–Linda Kowalski ($20 gift certificate from Grandma’s Room)
  • 3rd–Diane Jarvis ($15 gift certificate from Hobby Lobby)

The 2016-2017 HOF CHALLENGE winners! Debra Freese, Linda Kowalski, Diane Jarvis

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And here are photos of the other participants’ beautiful quilts! It was so hard to choose a favorite. They were all gorgeous!! Thanks for everyone’s participation. We look forward to seeing them at the 2018 HOF Quilt Show.

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SEPTEMBER SHOW & TELL: We had a great Show & Tell this month. Here’s a collection of everyone’s beautiful quilts.


  • 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.

2016 Challenge Reveal

October 19, 2016

The 2016 Challenge results was revealed at our October meeting. Eight 2016 Challenge Quilts were displayed and voted on by the group. The theme was “Any block made in 3 different sizes.”


(L-R) Linda Kowalski, Bonnie Schultz, Meredith Willcox, Shelly Pagliai, Mary Magruder, Andrea O’Brien, Joan Harrison (not pictured, Jo Conklin)

Members voted on their favorites and the winners were:


1st Place — Shelly Pagliai


2nd Place — Mary Magruder


3rd Place — Andrea O’Brien

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.


2013 Challenge: “9 Patch in a Star”

The REVEAL of the 2013 Challenge: “9 Patch in a Star”

The 2013 Challenge, “9 Patch in a Star” was revealed at the September 17th meeting. Our winners and entries are listed below:

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