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Minutes from the August 2016 HOF Guild Meeting


AUGUST 17, 2016

 The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 30 members with “My favorite quilt magazine”. Visitors were Sue and Sandy (sisters of Beverly Compton), and Kathleen Winkleman. Kathleen later paid her dues and became a member.

The minutes were approved as sent out via email and the postal service. Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s Report and it was also approved. Elsie thanked Jo Conklin for distributing the new directories. A thank you note was sent to Eileen Bradley for making the directories as this was her first time to do something like this.


Andrea went over the By-Laws, Policy, and Programs for 2016-2017. Other items discussed were the Fun and Games Committee, the Logistics/Set Up Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee. In #6 of the Policies & Procedures section it was suggested the wording be changed from “amount estimated” to “estimated amount.” After discussion and on a motion by Alice Allinson, and a second by Linda Kowalski, the Policies & Procedures were passed unanimously as changed.


  • The Mark Twain First Annual Quilt Show at Florida, MO, is October 15-16, 2016. Their “show rules” were circulated.
  • Andrea reported she and John have visited several quilt shows/meetings in Iowa recently and she was able to promote our 2017 Quilt Show to them. She noted neat ideas can be gleaned from attending these quilt shows/meetings. Some Guilds have a drawing at their monthly meetings.
  • At our September 21, meeting we are invited to bring a fat quarter/quarters to the meeting. For each fat quarter you bring, your name will be put into the drawing and the winner will receive all the fat quarters.
  • Anyone having extra greeting cards can give them to the Courtesy Committee for their use: Sympathy, Get Well, and Thinking of You cards are used most.
  • The State Quilter’s Guild will meet in October. On October 23, Jenny Doan will have a special presentation and on October 27, Mary Fons will have a Trunk Show at this meeting.
  • The Springfield Quilt Show is September 8-10, and Karen Farnsworth will teach a class at this event.
  • Our 2017 Quilt Show will be June 2-3, 2017, at the William Matthew Middle School.
  • Linda Kowalski, Diane Bloskovich, and Shelley Pagliai are on the raffle quilt committee.
  • Barb Bevell reported on Shelley Pagliai’s lecture at Macon.
  • Celia Riggle was thanked for 75 kits she made for “Days For Girls,” and were sent to Muskota, IL.
  • Eight (8) winning quilts from the 2016 Quilt Show were pictured on the front of the 2016-17 Program Books. We were asked to name each quilt and the person showing the quilt. Rose Marie Smith, Bonnie Schultz, Barb Bevell and Shelley Pagliai each had 3 of them correct and received prizes.



On November 3, there will be a Quilt Show at the Kirksville Art Center, with the theme “Folk Art.” Elsie will invite a person from this group to our September 21 meeting to give additional details about this display.

Andrea asked how many would be interested in going on a Shop Hop on a Saturday. Let Andrea know if you are interested.

The 2015-16 UFO Challenge awards were made.

  • The 1st drawing was only for those who had completed all 12 of their projects. Mary Magruder was the winner of a $25 gift certificate from Missouri Star Quilting, Hamilton.
  • The second drawing was for those who had not completed all their UFO’s but could have one entry for each UFO they did complete. Liz Mills was the recipient of a $15 gift certificate from Missouri Star Quilting.
  • The third drawing was for all participants, but there could be no duplicate winners. Cindy Spearman received a $10 gift certificate from Missouri Star Quilting.
  • The 2016-17 UFO Challenge rules were circulated and that begins in September, when we will be asked to fill out our challenges for the year.



Project Linus needs quilts—100 by the end of August, 100 more by the end of September, and 900 by December. They can be 40”x 60” or 50” x 72”. Liz Mills is the contact person for this.


Bonnie Schultz reported Brenda Moore fell recently and will have surgery soon. Carol Snider’s son will have surgery August 19, for the removal of a toe. Cindy Spearman is in Stage 4 cancer. Kay Beach is going day by day.


Maria Bradshaw:

  1. 9-patch quilt from a Jelly Roll.

Beverly Compton:

  1. Wall hanging.

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. Edina raffle quilt and pillowcases (she had tickets, also)
  2. “Maizie Daisy.”

Andrea O’Brien:

  1. “Texas Tumbleweed,” (Bonnie Hunter); quilted by Mary Shoaff.

Shelley Pagliai:

  1. “Star Flowers” from March Retreat;
  2. Smaller version of “Star Flowers”—blocks are half-size and set on point
  3. “Block of the Month” for Sew Sweet Quilt Shop—modern version.

Linda Kowalski:

  1. Irish Chain in browns; purchased at a garage sale for $5.

Mary Shoaf:

  1. Maroon/blue plaid “Ragtime” quilt;
  2. Quilt in two little girl prints;
  3. Pink/cream Block of the Month with digitized embroidery
  4. Quilted Sweatshirt.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

Minutes from the May 2016 HOF Guild Meeting


MAY 18, 2016


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:37 p.m.

May birthdays were recognized by President Di, and 32 members answered Roll Call. The April minutes were approved as sent out. Everyone received the minutes this month, so it is hoped all the “quirks” are now worked out.

Treasurer Joan Harrison reported expenses of $160.48 and a balance of $4,639.33,00, of which $146.14 are Restricted Funds for Community Service.




Quilt Show Committee: Barb Bevell, Alice Allinson, Andrea O’Brien, Rose Marie Smith, Mary Magruder.

  • A total of 153 quilts have been entered in the 2016 Quilt Show. The show will be at William Matthews Middle School on June 3 & 4, 2016. Hours on Friday, June 3, are 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Vendor Committee: There will be twelve (12) vendors, two (2) demonstration tables with both sewing machines and handwork. The suggested donation at the door is $3.00, raffle quilt, and Shelly Pagliai will be there to sign her new book. Shelly and all vendors will be “showcased” in a Vendor Spotlight. Four (4) vendors will be spotlighted for a short time every two (2) hours
  • Bed Turning Committee: There will be two on Friday and 3 on Saturday. Quilts needed for the Bed Turning include: Flowers, Americana, Quilts of Valor, Stars, Ballet/dance, Tennis, Psychadelic, and Elvis.
  • Raffle Quilt Committee: The Raffle Quilt: will be on display with tickets for sale. There will be various demonstrations. Rosemarie Smith will demo machine piecing.
    • Raffle Quilt ticket packets were distributed by Pat Kurtzeman and she has extra tickets as well. IT IS IMPOSRTANT TO SELL AS MANY TICKETS AS POSSIBLE!!!
  • Publicity: Erin Northcutt distributed fliers to the members and requested they be placed in various businesses, etc. A sheet was circulated as to where members planned to place the fliers. Fliers have also been mailed to all the Quilt Shops. The Kirksville Chamber of Commerce will send out approximately 75 fliers about the Quilt Show. Kim Sampson & Maria Bradshaw will put up the large signs on June 3.
  • The Set-Up & Take-Down Committee needs two (2) more persons to assist. (One member who had signed up has been diagnosed with cancer & may need treatments and be unable to do this and the other person is her daughter.) Di Zook and Pat Kurtzeman volunteered to help put up and take down.
    • Di Zook will provide a flat-bed trailer for the 20’ boards to be delivered by Jepson Lumber. They will be at the storage unit at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3. Marsha Yahl has a family wedding rehearsal that day and a wedding on Saturday, so she may be able to bring things from the storage unit, but not return them.
  • Awards & Ribbons Committee: Meredith Willcox displayed the completed ribbons. They were made from tie-dye fabric donated by Andrea O’Brien and going along with our theme, “Piece and Love.”   The ribbons looked GREAT!
  • Kitchen Committee: Diane Bloskovich announced we will have the Home Economics room and lunch is supplied on Saturday for the vendors and Guild members. NO FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE GYM!!! They do allow SEALABLE water bottles in the gym.
    • Meredith Willcox suggested that we invite all the people who helped with set-up, take- down, etc. to have lunch with us on Saturday. In the past, we have invited them to a carry-in at our regular June meeting . After discussion, Meredith Willcox made a motion to invite those who assist with the quilt show. to join us for lunch in the Home Economics room on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Bonnie Schultz seconded the motion and it carried.
  • “Days For Girls” will have one hundred (100) kits packaged with necessary supplies on Friday evening. Sue Schneider, person in charge of this project, may also be there.
  • Check-In Committee: The Name Badges this year will be clear plastic pin-on type badges. The front of the badge will contain the name of the Exhibitors or Guild Members and the quilt or quilts exhibited by that person will be listed on the back. The “back” will serve as the receipt at the time of quilt pick-up, so there will be little chance of it being lost. It is hoped this will alleviate some confusion at the time of check in.
  • White Glove Committee: Elsie Gaber is in charge of the white gloves for those who want to touch the quilts. These gloves have been loaned to the Guild by the Methodist Church Bell Choir.



  1. Red, white, and black bag.


  1. “Rock Candy” table topper (black with many bright colors in the design);
  2. “Mystic Nightmares,” Bargello quilt in purple & teal colors


  1. “Kitty Cucumber”, made for their first great-grandbaby, a girl.


  1. “Wedding March.”


  1. “Tumbling Spools”


  1. Quilt pieced together for Melba Bowen from blocks pieced by Melba’s family members years ago;
  2. “Teddy Bear” quilt pieced from scraps.


  1. Play quilt for her son. It has a church, gas station, race track, house, school. etc. with streets to each one for his cars and there is a train track around the edges.


  1. Two quilts with sampler blocks, and another quilt.


  1. Quilt made for her grandson. Blocks had fish on them and the quilting was in fish pattern.


  1. Several bags made from leftover blocks;
  2. Quilts for Tammy Kriegshauser completed with painted blocks made by the grandmother of Tammy’s husband.


  1. Quilt using blocks made at Shelley Pagliai’s Retreat;
  2. Quilt made from a kit and in a “ribbon” weave;
  3. Quilt in purple and lavender.


  1. A tell: A new great-granddaughter born May 16. Brynlee Hazel-Jean East weighed 7 lb. 7 oz., and was 20 ¼” long.

President Di Zook declared the meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m. and passed the president’s gavel to Andrea O’Brien, who has been elected President for 2016-2017.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East,


Minutes from the January 2016 HOF Guild Meeting


JANUARY 27, 2016  

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on January 27, 2016, for their regular meeting. The weather was not good on January 20, 2016, the regular third Wednesday meeting date, and not wanting anyone to receive a broken bone due to the ice underfoot, the meeting was cancelled. Since the Annex was available on January 27, an email poll was conducted to determine if the members would want to meet on the 4th Wednesday. With a positive response, President Di Zook opened the meeting at 6:35 p.m. Roll call was answered by 33 members who also responded as to whether they had ever been on the Executive Board.

President Di Zook announced the January birthdays and read thank you notes from:

  1. the Dialysis Clinic for the neck pillows made for them,
  2. Tabitha Sawyer and Kelcey Wood, in charge of the Veterans’ Day luncheon in La Plata, for the lap robe given to Gene Wood of La Plata, and
  3. the Christian Community Food Depot for the monetary gift and canned food items.


OLD BUSINESS: There was none.


  • Sara Spearman, Guild member and student at Truman State, announced the college students were collecting money to assist the residents of Flint, Michigan, where there is a serious problem with lead in their water system. A box was circulated for donations.
  • Elsie Gaber thanked everyone for their response to the “block” project. For several months, Elsie distributed various fabrics to the members present and asked them to make a 9 ½” block with those fabrics. They will be made into a quilt for the Rotary Reverse Auction. The blocks turned in were displayed and everyone was invited to move them around into an arrangement pleasing to them. Plain black fabric will be sewn between the blocks and will obviously made the blocks “pop.”




  • Project Linus will be Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Moose Lodge. This is a new location. There will be door prizes and lunch is provided
  • “Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” will also be Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. until you “wilt” at the Adair County Annex. There will be a carry-in lunch.

HISTORIAN: There was no report.


Bonnie Schultz requested names of anyone who should be remembered. Please keep all these people in your prayers!

  • Nancy Krueger’s grandmother
  • Kay’s husband, Charlie
  • Mary Magruder
  • Mary Shoaf’s husband
  • Diane Jarvis’ brother


Andrea O’Brien stated she may have to switch the April program with someone.


There was a report of the Christmas Party, which was attended by 31 members and several guests. Comments: The decorations were “out of this world,” and the live saxaphone music was great! Jo Conklin said Randy Smith would be glad to provide music again and he now has a keyboard that he could play, also.


There will be a Quilt Retreat March 5, 2016, at the Adair County Annex. Shelley Pagliai will present the class. The fee has not been set at this time but will include: breakfast of rolls/juice/coffee, lunch of soup/sandwich/dessert/drinks, and the class. A list of necessary supplies and the class topic will be announced soon


Elsie Gaber gave her report.



  • The Quilt Show will be Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, 2016.       It will be held at the William Mathews Middle School, where we will have the gymnasium, commons area, and Home Economics Room (kitchen).
  • Our 2016 theme is: “Piece and Love.” Guild members are to wear “tie-dye” shirts during the show.
  • Electronic/Paper Quilt Registration Forms will go out soon and also will be brought to the February meeting. Entries MUST be received BY MAY 13, 2016.
  • Barb Bevell stated we need some new standards. Some of ours are fairly old and perhaps we can buy a few at a time, particularly since we will be saving the “rental” fee by having the show at the Middle School.
  • New categories have been added to the Quilt Show:
    • “Old quilt, newly finished.” This category would be for an unfinished quilt someone purchased, was given, or inherited and then completed;
    • “New Quilter,” First Ever Quilt.
  • There was a discussion about raising the amount to enter the Quilt Show. This is a “Donation” and has been at $2. for some time. There was a motion to raise the Donation fee to $5.       During discussion, some felt this was too much of a “jump” and after a show of hands, the motion was withdrawn and a motion to raise the Donation to $3.00 was passed unanimously.
  • Barb Bevell prepared a list of all the Quilt Guilds in the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska area and also a list of the Quilt Shops in those same areas.



It was felt the price for vendors needed to be raised from $20.00-$25.00. Pat Kurtzeman made a motion to do this, second by Gyla Elmore. The motion carried. If anyone knows of a new vendor, please give the information to Marsha Yahl or Bonnie Schultz. Keep in mind that a vendor could be promoting anything connected with quilting, such as jewelry with a “quilt’ theme. It is hoped the gentleman with wood trim seam rippers will be at this year’s show.

Marsha Yahl said she has one problem: she and Pete can bring the supplies (standards, etc.) from the storage unit to the Middle School on Friday morning. But, her grandson is getting married Saturday evening and they will not be able to return the standards, etc. to the storage unit on Saturday afternoon. Their trailer has a “bumper”-type hitch and someone could use it. Di Zook said she would check to see if their trailer would be large enough. Gratefully, we do have a few months to make other arrangements.


Pat Kurtzeman announced the raffle quilt is coming along and should be completed the first week of February. It will have 25 “Mariners’ Compass” blocks in white and shades of blue.


It was mentioned that in 2015, “Honorable Mention” awards were given to all the youth who entered a quilt, hoping that would encourage them to continue making quilts.



Kathy Krog:

  1. Quilt from kit
  2. Christmas quilt made for her niece

Peggy Clark:

  1. Lifeline Pregnancy (4)
  2. Project Linus (5), with one of squares/bricks
  3. Heart quilt for granddaughter

Kay Beach:

  1. “Car quilt,” in red, black & white
  2. “Playing with Jacks,” a Bonnie Hunter quilt
  3. “Car quilt,” — “Disappearing 9-patch”

Susan Chidester:

  1. Quilt for a friend
  2. Quilt with Prairie Points

Brenda Moore: My first quilt and I learned a lot!

  1. Wall hanging, “Magnolia Blossoms”

Sarah Spearman:

  1. Ragtime baby quilt
  2. Quilt from a top she bought at a flea market

Marsha Yahl:

  1. Double Diamonds in blues & yellows

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. Bag from Christmas Party Fabric; (Said she’s now officially a “bag lady”)
  2. Quilt for a daughter-in-law

Linda Kowalski:

  1. “Tossed Salad,” lots of yellows and greens

Liz Mills:

  1. Pillow embroidered in blue
  2. “Stars” for Project Linus
  3. “Giraffes” self binding quilt for Project Linus

Andrea O’Brien:

  1. Veteran quilt for John’s uncle who served in Vietnam
  2. Quilt in purples and made from scraps

Joan Harrison:

  1. Quilt for teenage boy for Project Linus
  2. Horses for Project Linus
  3. Christmas fabrics with angels backing for Project Linus

Kathy East:

  1. Veterans’ quilts for guys from La Plata (2)



Barb Bevell gave a demonstration on “Faux Cathedral Window” using denim circles. Shelly Pagliai talked about the Quilting Challenges she is involved in on her website These include the 350 Block Projects, the Creativity Challenge, Triangle Salad, and the Studio Organizing Challenge. She also shared her 3-ring planner and how she organizes her ideas for her projects, her business, and her life.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

Minutes from the December 2015 HOF Guild Meeting



DECEMBER 16, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville, on December 16, 2015, for their annual Christmas Party. As members and friends gathered in the festively decorated room, music was playing and Randy Smith played many familiar Christmas carols on his saxophone. There were 31 members in attendance, in addition to some guests.

The Christmas party committee members were responsible for the decoration of MANY strings of tiny lights around columns, on the walls, and also a snowman-themed small quilt was displayed on one wall. The tables were covered with white cloths and table runners of bright Christmas colors. On the table runners were mirrors, tea candles and large hurricane candles, along with many small candy favors.   A trio of large candy canes were turned upside down, positioned at each place setting, and held a name tag in the curves of the canes. After everyone found their place, Erin Northcutt led us in prayer for the meal.

A bountiful and delicious Christmas meal was served by Baker’s BBQ located on the square in Kirksville. Ham, turkey, green beans, cheesy scalloped potatoes, 7-layer salad, rolls, apple crisp, cheese cake with fruit toppings, lemonade, and iced teas were served

Following the meal, the Christmas Party Committee members were introduced: Alice Allinson, Maria Bradshaw, Jo Conklin, Liz Mills, Erin Northcutt, and Kim Sampson. They were thanked for the lovely party and were seated at the head table, along with the officers, Andrea O’Brien-VP, Kathy East-Secretary, and Joan Harrison-Treasirer. President Di Zook was unable to attend.


Business Meeting:

Committee reports were suspended for this “fun” meeting.

A “thank you” note was read from Kirksville VFW Post 2508 & VFW Auxiliary for the quilts handed out at the Armory on Veterans’ Day. Another thank you card had been received but was not available at this meeting and will be shared at the January meeting.

Elsie Gaber handed out more 9” squares of fabric at the beginning of the meeting as she has done for the last 6 meetings and requested they be put into a 9” square by each of the members in the pattern of their choice. Please bring the finished blocks to the January meeting. They will be made into a quilt, which will be auctioned off in April at the “Reverse Auction” of the Rotary Club. The theme of the quilt is “Be a Buddy.”


Show & Tell:

Susan Guffey:

  1. For Veterans, the “Tumbling Tumbleweed” pattern;
  2. For Veterans, the “Rail Fence”;

Elsie Gaber:

  1. A quilt made from Ron’s ties for his sister who is a Nun;

Liz Mills:

  1. Quilted boxes she made for school;
  2. A big-stitch wall hanging with horses, made for a grandson;

Joan Harrison:

  1. A “Wildlife” quilt, which will probably be given to her brother;

Kathy East:

  1. Fabric purchased at Wal-Mart containing many quotes from the Scriptures. She plans to use some of the quotes in a Veteran quilt for their minister.


Two games were played:

  1. “ANGEL” bingo (with a seasonally appropriate name) was played by all in attendance. Barb Bevell, Kay Beach, and Diane Jarvis were among the winners, receiving large spools of thread. (Some of us had difficulty even having a number and certainly did not “ANGEL”!)
  1. Fabric Frenzy. Everyone had brought a one-yard piece of Christmas fabric for a “fun” game. Chairs were positioned in a circle and, as music played, the fabrics were passed to the left. When the music stopped, that one-yard piece was torn in half, throwing one piece under the participants’ chair, and passing the rest of the fabric to the left as the music continued. When the music stopped again, the ½ yard was torn in half, etc., until we ended up with a piece of fabric approximately 2” x 4”—that last piece did vary some! Everyone was encouraged to sew these fabrics into a block(s) and bring that block(s) to a meeting for “Show & Tell.”

The meeting was adjourned with group singing of “Joy To the World,” “Silent Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

All were wished a very Merry Christmas and a GREAT New Year!!!

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East


Minutes from the November 2015 HOF Guild Meeting


November 18, 2015

The November 18, 2015, meeting of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild in Kirksville, MO, was called to order by Di Zook, President, at 6:34 pm. Guests include Elsie Gaber’s sister-in-law, Frankie Kins.

Roll call was taken. During roll call, the members shared a yard of patriotic-themed fabric to donate to the Veteran Quilt Community Service project. When Elsie Gaber’s name was called, she took the opportunity to present a crocheted afghan with a card to Renae Farnsworth to recognize her efforts in her work toward organizing the veteran quilt community service program.

Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report.


Open House: Di Zook announced that tomorrow night (November 19, 2015), an open house is at the Community Arts Center in Kirksville, where approximately 20 guild members’ quilts are on display throughout the months of November and December.

Free Magazines: Michelle Breault sent some magazines for the guild members to take for free.

Challenge Project: Joan Harrison brought additional copies of the challenge project for people to take, if they hadn’t gotten them last month.

Thank You Note: Kay Beach shared a thank you note from the Board of Directors from Victim Support Services for the donation of five quilts and a crocheted baby afghan.


Old Business

Chambray Shirts: Andrea O’Brien shared pictures of shirts that the Guild will order from the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild for the new chambray shirts. New members will have $15 of their new chambray shirts paid by the Guild. Polo shirts are also available, and guild members are able to go directly to the Stitching Post to order on their own.

Tie-Dyed Shirts: Andrea also reminded members that if they wish to have a shirt tie-dyed for the HOF Quilt show, to please turn in their shirt size and money ($10) to Joan Harrison ASAP. She will be working with her husband and students from the Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity at Truman State University to tie dye shirts on December 3, 2015.

By-Law Changes: Di passed out copies of the proposed by-law changes, and asked members to look them over before they are voted on in January 2016.

UFO Challenge Forms: Elsie Gaber asked people to fill in their UFO Challenge forms if they had anything new completed. She then circulated the book throughout the meeting.


New Business

No new business.


Committee Reports

Community Service:

  • Renae Farnsworth asked that people continue to donate food toward the local food banks as part of the community service at the Christmas party.
  • Rose Marie talked about needing sock donations for the Twin Pines and Manor Care Nursing Homes. Socks with non-skid bottoms are ideal, especially for people that can’t wear shoes. She asked that people bring socks in addition to, or instead of, food donations for the Christmas Party.
  • Kay Beach announced that the Moose Lodge requested a quilt donation for their kids project. They have a big auction to raise money. Last year, Kay donated a quilt out of her personal stash. This year, Linda Kowalski volunteered to donate a quilt out of her personal stash.
  • Alice Allinson made a motion that this year, HOF make a $50 donation each to the Christian Community Food Depot and the Helping Hands Mission. Elsie Gaber seconded the motion. Motion passed with a unanimous vote.


Two cards were sent to members this month:

  • Stephanie Hettinger for the birth of her baby boy.
  • Mary Magruder since she had surgery.


Carol Snider asked how to get the pictures off the webpage so that she can put them in the records. Barb Bevell has access to these photos, so she can work with her to get what she needs.


No report.


Andrea O’Brien asked for the descriptions of programs that would be provided in February and March. Rose Marie said that she and Kay Beach will be presenting a program on Drunkard’s Path in February.

Challenge Project:

Extra copies of the challenge description are available.

Christmas Party:

Alice Allinson said the Christmas party will be $12/per person, and will be catered by Baker’s BBQ, located on the square in Kirksville. Guests are welcome. Alice circulated a sign up list for the Christmas party.

The committee would like to encourage people to bring the following items:

  • Canned goods and/or socks (see description under Community Service section above) for donations.
  • One yard of NICE Christmas fabric for a fun activity during the Christmas party.

Quilt Retreat:

Di Zook said they have plans in the works, and announcements would be made soon.

Quilt til you Wilt:

Rose Marie announced that Saturday, November 21, starting at 9 am at the Kirksville Annex. No ending time. Soup will be provided by guild members, so she asked that people bring side dishes.

Fun & Games:

Elsie provided another fat quarter to all members who were at the meeting. She said she would like for everybody to make a nine-patch block out of the fat quarters they have been given, using 3″ squares. The remaining fabric from the fat quarters that the guild members were given is for members to keep. These nine-patch blocks will be used in a raffle quilt for the Thousand Hills Rotary Club’s annual reverse raffle in April 2016.


Show and Tell

Rose Marie:

  1. “Roses are Orange” quilt with various orange blocks
  2. “Mosaics” from Edita Sytar’s Friendship Triangles book

Kay Beach:

  1. Triangles quilt from a pattern from Edita’s Sytar’s Friendship Triangles book.

Diane Jarvis:

  1. “Route 66”, a hand embroidered quilt made of neutrals and brown tones. (Shown by Kay Beach showed a quilt for her, since Diane was not able to be at the meeting.)

Andrea O’Brien:

  1. A quilt made of old hand-painted blocks, that she pieced together for a co-worker.

Marilyn Peck:

  1. A Christmas quilt

Debbie Hudnall:

  1. A flannel baby quilt made with yellows, greys, and greens

Erin Northcutt:

  1. “Baby Love” baby quilt for a friend

Meredith Willcox:

  1. A Mrs. Santa Clause, DO, apron she made for her daughter for a Christmas party
  2. Two scrappy nine-patch quilts that she made out of her stash for her daughter’s children’s playroom
  3. A Noah’s ark themed quilt — charity quilts from her stash
  4. An ABC’s quilt — charity quilts from her stash
  5. Clifford the Big Red Dog with ABC’s — charity quilts from her stash
  6. A Missouri Star Good Night Irene — charity quilts from her stash



Liz Mills presented a program about snap purses using pieces of a metal tape measure. She said to the pattern is on YouTube (, but she also passed around some directions. She said when you cut the tape measure, to round off the edges and put tape over the ends so they don’t cut through the fabric once they are inside the top of the bag.


The guild meeting adjourned at 7:52 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Andrea O’Brien (secretary for the evening)

Minutes from the September 2015 HOF Guild Meeting

Use this link to download and print a copy of our September 2015 minutes.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in the 1st Floor meeting room at the First Methodist Church, Kirksville, on September 16, 2015. As the members/friends gathered, Elsie Gaber handed out name tags. This is an effort to have each “oldster” become acquainted with at least one of the “newcomers.” There was also a square of fabric at each place, this being the second fabric we have received. We will be instructed at a later time what to do with these fabrics.

President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Visitors welcomed were Lucia Pink and Sandy Catlett. Roll Call was answered by 42 members, revealing their place of birth as the fun question to answer. Many were born in the Kirksville area, but a number of states were represented.

President Di Zook announced the September birthdays.

The minutes were approved as sent out via email and the postal service. Treasurer Joan Harrison presented the Treasurer’s report and called to our attention the money paid to date to cover the costs of the Bonnie Hunter event. She also reminded everyone that dues are now due and payable.



Linda Pickett announced that Bonnie Hunter is in town and several of their committee had supper with her tonight. She is tired from her trip and there was an airplane snafu of some sort, which made her arrival later than planned. She was not at our meeting due to a deadline for her publisher. Security for Thursday and Friday nights will be provided by the son of Diane Bloskovich.

The Thursday class (September 17) will be “Playing with Jacks”, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and finishing at 6:00 p.m. Our members are to park on the west side of the building. The Friday class (September 18) will be “Jared Takes a Wife”, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finishing at 4:00 p.m., with lunch at 12:30. There will be a buffet available at a cost of $10.00. There are some small restaurants available if you do not wish to take advantage of the buffet. Friday evening, the Trunk Show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Non-members will pay $10.00 at the door and members will “pay” with a dozen cookies for the fellowship that follows.

Six people are needed to “hold” Bonnie Hunter’s quilts at the Trunk Show. Volunteering were Rose Marie Smith, Andrea O’Brien, Di Zook, and Nancy Krueger. Folders will be Bonnie Schultz, Debbie Hudnall, and Kathy Krog. Bonnie Hunter quilts made by our members will be shown as “Show and Tell” items at the event. The Committee was thanked for their work in putting this event together.



Some did not receive “swatches” tonight and Elsie will get a swatch to them at the next meeting.

It was announced we will be unable to use the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church for the rest of the year. Because our group is quite large (more than 50) and we have outgrown the room used tonight, it was suggested that perhaps we can meet at the Adair County Annex building for the rest of the year. Di Zook will check tomorrow at the Courthouse on that possibility.

Committee reports:


  • Gyla Elmore is having back pain again and she will likely be unable to attend the Bonnie Hunter event.
  • If anyone knows of a member who is ill, please notify Bonnie Schultz or any other member of that committee.


  • Carol Snider reported the committee has not met in a while and will soon in an effort to get caught up.


  • Barb Bevell reported we have paid $99.00 to have unlimited space on our Blog. This will be an annual fee.

Program Committee:

  • Everything is under control.

Quilt Show:

  • The theme for the 2016 Quilt Show will bePiece ‘n Love.”
  • It was suggested that all the members might want to have a tie-dye shirt to wear during the Quilt Show. Andrea O’Brien announced that her husband, John, teaches chemistry at Truman State and one of the projects of his classes is to tie-dye shirts as a fundraiser. If you would want to provide a WHITE 100% cotton t-shirt, they would tie dye it at a cost of $5.00. If you want to buy the t-shirt from them and have it tie-dyed, the cost is $10.00. The money is used for chemicals they use in demonstrations conducted in area school science classes. More information will be given at the October guild meeting.

Guild Shirts:

  • It was announced that if new members would like a denim shirt with our logo on it.
  • Guild pays $15 toward that purchase.
  • Both long sleeve and short sleeve shirts are available.
  • Contact Susan Bell in the near future if you want one (she will be leaving shortly for the winter).

Christmas Party:

  • The committee is planning to get together in the near future.

“Quilt ‘Til U Wilt”:

  • The next “Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” will be Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Annex, from 9:00 a.m.-?.



  • Rose Marie Smith: 
    1. Veterans’ quilt sent by her sister;
    2. Quilt taken from her UFO pile and hand-quilted by Evelyn Himes;
    3. Quilt hand-quilted by her sister;
  • Beverly Compton: 
    1. Geometric table mat;
    2. Butterfly table mat;
  • April Bartlett: 
    1. Lap quilt of denim & cotton in cathedral window pattern;
  • Barb Bevell
    1. She had a “tell.”: Completed quilt in cathedral window pattern with blue jeans;
  • Kay Beach:
    1. “Frogs” quilt for 5 year old great-grandchild;
    2. Embroidered quilt, entered in Knox County Quilt Show & received a blue ribbon;
  • Alice Allinson:
    1. Blue and yellow quilt;
  • Susan Guffey:
    1. Veteran’s quilt given to Renae;
  • Meredith Willcox:   
    1. Embroidered “orphan block” and finished it as a table topper;
    2. Embroidered table topper;
    3. Blue/yellow afghan;
    4. Halloween panel for the door;
    5. Table runner with iris flowers;
    6. 50 neck pillows for the Dialysis Clinic.
  • Carol Snider:
    1. Quilt made for a friend from her deceased husband’s t-shirts;
  • Stephanie Hettinger:
    1. Baby quilt made for a new baby boy to be born in November;
  • Mary Shoaff:
    1. Pieced 1 ½” squares cut by her mother and made into “mug rugs”;
    2. “Twister” wall hanging;
  • Cindy Spearman:
    1. “Row by Row” quilt made from fabrics purchased on Shop Hops (won the prize at Sew Sweet)
    2. “Scrappy Trips”;
  • Kathy East:
    1. Two veteran’s quilt tops made by Kathy, designed & tied by husband, Stan, which will be given away by next meeting;
  • Elsie Gaber:
    1. Quilt made from men’s ties;
  • Diane Jarvis:
    1. She had a “tell.”: She was testing the speakers on our new system & their dog, Homer, was checking out the speaker. When she said his name, he jumped back like he’d been shot, she decided they worked fine!
  • Di Zook:
    1. ????



The 2015 Challenge Quilts were brought, laid out in another room, and judged by all in attendance:

The winners and recipients of a gift certificate from the local quilt shops were:

1st place –a tie:

  • Mary Magruder, “Pineapple Blossom,” (entry #5)
  • Andrea O’Brien, “Scrappy Mountains;” (entry #12)

3rd place – a tie:

  • Di Zook, “Boxy Stars; and (entry #4)
  • Marsha Yahl, Scrappy Mountains” (entry #7)

Other participants:

  • Marilyn Peck, “Strip Twist” (entry #1)
  • Barb Bevell, “Scrappy Mountains” (entry #2)
  • Cathy Poyner, “Pineapple Blossom” (entry#3)
  • Susan Bell, “Pineapple Blossom” (entry #6)
  • Joan Harrison, “Boxy Stars” (entry #8)
  • Susan Guffey, “Pineapple Blossom” (entry #9)
  • Cindy Spearman, “Boxy Stars” (entry #10)
  • Peggy Clark, “Scrappy Mountains” (entry #11)
  • Celia Riggle, “Scrappy Mountains” (entry #13)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary


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