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

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AUGUST 16, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Adair County Annex.  President Brenda Moore called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.  Jamie Keller was introduced as a gust.  Roll call was answered by 33 members with “My favorite quilting/Sewing tool or gadget.”   Seam ripper and cutting mats were among the favorites.

The President announced the August birthdays and Treasurer Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report.  The Corporate Registration required each years and the cost of the Internet Blog have both been paid.

Barb Bevell circulated the UFO Challenge quilt book for updates.  September will be the end of the year for this feature and there will be a drawing for the prize—for each project completed, members will have their name put in the “pot” for the drawing.

In September, the sheet for the 2018 Quilt Show Committees will be circulated.  President Brenda again asked for a volunteer to store the two (2) large totes containing the historical scrapbooks.  Diane Bloskovich volunteered to do this—BLESS HER!  The group was asked if notifications were preferred via Facebook or email.  It was noted that the Hands of Friendship Blog is a “closed group” and it was felt email was a better way of communication.  There was a question as to possibly storing things digitally.  Currently, pictures are stored on a Google drive and everything could be stored that way.  This was deemed the “way to go” and Kathy East will continue to collect articles, etc. from the area papers.

A number of people liked the idea of bringing items they no longer wanted or used to meetings.  For a donation, they were then able to get items that appealed to them.  However, the problem has been that any items not taken at the meeting were left on the table instead of being taken home by the person who brought the items.  Diane Bloskovich volunteered to take home whatever is left this evening and these items will be saved until the 2018 Quilt Show when they will have a table with prices on those items that can be purchased by our members or anyone attending the show.  This was observed at a recent quilt show and seemed to be quite a success.

It was noted that “Grandma’s Attic” has a table to give away.


COMMUNITY SERVICE:  The Community Service bin and batting are in Celia Riggle’s basement.  Mats for the homeless are being made by churches in Macon.  You can help:  Please bring plastic bags (Wal-Mart, Prenger, Hy-Vee, Penney;s, Dollar General, etc.) for this purpose.

Completed “Challenge Quilts” (curved piecing) are to be brought in a brown paper bag (or bag that cannot be seen through) to the September meeting when they will be displayed and voted on by the attendees.   REMEMBER!  these quilts must be complete with quilting!  They will be displayed at the 2018 Quilt Show in the “Challenge Quilt” category.  NOTE:  If you have not finished your challenge quilt, you can complete it and still enter your quilt in the 2018 Quilt Show in that category.

QUILT ‘TIL YOU WILT:  Reminders were distributed of the planned dates:  September 9, 2017; October 7, 2017; March 10, 2018, and April 14, 2018.  The Annex will be open at 8:00 a.m. on those dates.

QUILT SHOW:  Diane Bloskovich and Carol Cunningham are beginning their plans.

PROGRAM:  The program was presented by Rose Marie Smith, Shelley Pagliai, and Barb Bevell on how they keep track of the quilts they have made, cost of materials (including store receipt), dates of start and finish, pictures of the front, back, and label, fabric swatches, pattern name, Notes-“don’t make it again,” etc.  Notebooks and composition books were used for this information.

For part of the program, members were encouraged to bring quilts they would like to have photographed. These were hung and pictures taken. Lots of closeup shots were taken to show off the quilting and the details.


  • Linda Kowalski:
    • a very large quilt with bright-colored triangles trimmed with gray fabrics.
  • Elsie Gaber:
    • “Friends To the Second Power”: made for Ron.  Very bright colors with orange backing, quilted by Joan Harrison.
  • Shelley Pagliai:
    • Traditional “Block of the Month” quilt from Sew Sweet Quilt Shop, done in pastels.
  • Amanda Moots:
    • Quilt with blue and white quilted squares on navy blue, quilted by her.
  • Barb Roberts:
    • Square blocks made from old quilts that were not in good shape.
  • Debra Freese:
    • “Study In Applique,”  She used “needle turn appliqué,” “freezer paper appliqué” on both top and bottom.
  • Liz Mills:
    • Charity Quilt,“ in bright colors, “quilted as you go.”
  • Sherry Bratten:
    • Bonnie Schultz made a hand-quilted quilt for Sherry’s birthday in maroons, grays, and white.
  • Mary Magruder:
    • “Fly Away.”
  • Joan Harrison:
    • Veteran’s quilt in red, white, and blue, and
    • Quilt made for a doctor in Jefferson City.
  • Kathy East:
    • Quilt with a “railroad” theme for a friend who is a resident of Clarence Nursing Home.

A PRAISE!:  Rose Marie Smith reported her lost quilt has been found in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A woman there bought a number of unclaimed packages at the UPS Warehouse.  One contained her niece’s quilt with her name inside the quilt:  The woman contacted Rose Marie’s niece and then sent it to her!



  • McLorn House, 225 N. Owenby St., La Plata,  (across the street from La Plata Baptist Church.)
  • Show is Sunday ONLY, Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.:
  • REGISTRATION is SATURDAY, Sept. 2,  8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.,
    • Bring quilts & fill out short description.  Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 “People’s Choice” winners.

2. Missouri Star Quilting 9TH Birthday Bash, Sept. 21-Sept. 23, Hamilton, MO

3. Maples Repertory Theater, 102 N. Rubey St., Macon(Call their Box Office – 660-385-2924– for registration:

  • Play: “THE QUILTERS,” will be at Maples Repertory Theater, – Sept. 29–Oct. 15, 2017.
  • There is a Quilt Show in connection with “The Quilters,”—Registration ended August 1.

4. Missouri State Quilters Guild Fall Retreat: OCT. 8, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

2016 December Christmas Party and Show & Tell

A fabulous time was had by all of those attending the Hands of Friendship Annual Christmas party. Check out the fun we had as we played “Strip Poker”using the Left/Right/Center rules. IMG_7585We used 2 1/2″ strips of fabric for “money” and screams of laughter could be heard from around the room as fabric was won and lost with the roll of the die.

Donations were taken for the Food Pantry and for Katy Fine Newman, a fellow quilter, who lost her home in a recent fire. Members filled a basket to overflowing of fabric and supplies for her. All fabric strips from the game were given to Katy, too.

A big “thank you” to the committee who put the party together and did the wonderful decorating. And thanks to Randy Smith for the beautiful music. The catered meal was awesome, too!

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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.

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”.

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!


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.