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

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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”.

DECEMBER 2015 Show & Tell, plus Christmas Party Fun!

Susan Guffey, Elsie Gaber, Liz Mills, Joan Harrison, and Kathy East share in our December Show & Tell. The rest of the pictures are from the Christmas party.

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.

HOF Quilt Guild Honors Jean Nevins

Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild Kirksville, Missouri, Honors Jean Nevins

April 18, 2015

Jean Nevins was a member of the Quilters Guild over 25 years.  With her recent passing, the Guild wanted to honor her by making a quilt that would be auctioned at the Rotary Club of Kirksville–Thousand Hills’ 3rd annual reverse raffle fund raiser. The guild received six quilt squares Jean had previously made and integrated her work into the quilt. Additionally, 22 Quilt Guild members made squares to contribute to the beauty of the quilt. The center of the quilt is the Apache Wedding Prayer stitched by Elsie Gaber—a project started in 1984 and finished on the day that Jean passed. A special label made by Pat Kurtzeman was sewn on the quilt that reads:  in celebration of Jean and Jim Nevins, friends, artists, quilter. Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild 2015. Shelly Pagliai quilted and bound the quilt.


Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild members honor Jean Nevins with memorial quilt.

The Apache Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness, For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies, But there is one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place, To enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be good and long upon the earth.



Community Outreach 2013: Kirksville Arts Association Program

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild is often asked to present educational programs to various groups in the area. Alice Allinson presented a trunk show of her work at the Kirksville Arts Association’s noon luncheon series on April 9, 2013. Below are some of the beautiful quilts that she shared.

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October 2014 QTYW — “Quilting for Veterans”

We are a bit behind in posting these photos from October’s QTYW. It is probably a good thing, too, because we have more pictures to share!

The October 18th event was held at the Annex building in Kirksville. The HOF Guild members in attendance worked primarily on our Community Service project, making and finishing quilts for veterans, in time for distribution on Veterans’ Day. We even had a couple of hard-working guests helping! Our special helper was Bobbianne Magruder, granddaughter of Mary Magruder. It was said that she was very good at picking up pins and emptying our scraps… a quilter in training!

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Quilts for Veterans

On November 11, 2014, several members of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met to deliver quilts that had been made for veterans. A list of veterans in our local area was collected, and personal visits to homes, businesses, and local restaurants were made to find and deliver these quilts. The recipients were not informed ahead of time, and all were personally and visibly touched. Most of these veterans had recently returned from Afghanistan, or had served in Qatar, Iraq, or other locations. The men said how much they loved quilts, and how thankful they were for the thoughts and kindnesses.

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A thank you to all the members who were involved in making these beautiful quilts, quilting them, and delivering them. This is a very special and valuable service that our guild members are involved in each year. This service has been an ongoing project since 2009.