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Minutes from the June 2015 HOF Guild Meeting

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JUNE 17, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church, Kirksville, on June 17, 2015. A wonderful carry-in dinner was enjoyed by 29 members and 3 guests, Ron Gaber, Charlie Beach, and Scott Jarvis. These gentlemen had assisted in various ways to either set up or tear down the quilt show May 29-30.  In the absence of President Di Zook, Vice President Kay Beach called the meeting to order shortly after 7:00 p.m. and announced the June birthdays. Roll call was answered by 29 members and the May minutes were approved as received via email and postal service. Treasurer Joan Harrison handed out the Treasurer’s Report, which reflected the registrations received for the Bonnie Hunter Workshops.  Obviously, some of those funds will be used to cover any additional costs of the workshop.


The Quilt Show was very good.  A more complete wrap-up is to be voiced under new business later in the meeting. A donation was made to the Knox County Nursing Home in memory of Bob Glasgow, who passed away recently. His wife is Evelyn.


Kay announced that the slate of officers for the 2015-2016 year is:  Di Zook, President; Andrea O’Brien, Vice-President; Kathy East, Secretary; and Joan Harrison, Treasurer. Alice Allinson made a motion the proposed slate of officers be accepted by acclamation, with a second by Linda Kowalski, and a unanimous vote.

A copy of the proposed 2015-2016 Guild Handbook was circulated and everyone was asked to check the spelling of their names, address, phone numbers, etc., marking OK if there were no changes and making any necessary changes.

The Macon County Town & Country Fair at Macon, asked to borrow our quilt standards for their upcoming quilt show. It was pointed out that many years ago, there was a decision by the Guild that the standards would not be loaned out. Although they seem quite sturdy, parts of them are rather fragile and loaning them was not considered to be a wise idea at that time. It was agreed that we should not change that decision. Charlie Beach was kind enough to give the person(s) from Macon a sample of how they are made, along with instructions.

Kay Beach and Linda Kowalski will assist the Town & Country 4-H young ladies in judging their quilt show at the Macon County Town & Country Fair, July 7-11, 2015.

There was an announcement of a Shop Hop July 16, 17, and 18, 2015. Area shops involved include Wildflower Quilting (Karen Farnsworth), Greentop; Brilee Quilt Shop (Susan Chidester), Glenwood; Wheeler’s Longarm Quilting, Hwy Y, Greentop; Quilted Square (Tammy Jones), Kirksville; Memphis Mercantile, downtown Memphis; and Zimmerman’s at Rutledge.

Barb Bevell stated our BLOG is getting too large and we need to consider paying $99 per year for a larger blog space. As there were quite a few members absent tonight, it was decided to table this item and take it up at the July meeting.

It was announced that the Bonnie Hunter Workshops in Novinger, sponsored by our Guild, are full:  there are 32 registrations for the half-day workshop on Thursday, September 17; 46 for the full-day workshop on Friday, September 18; and 42 for the full-day workshop on September 19. (We are reminded that admission for Guild members to the Trunk Show on Friday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. is one dozen cookies for refreshments.) Other attendees will pay $10. at the door. At you can get the FREE patterns for both Thursday (Playing with Jacks), and Friday (Jared Takes a Wife) classes, and the book, “More Adventures with Leaders and Enders” for the Saturday class can be ordered from there, also. Kay Beach asked if there is a speaker system at the Novinger Fire Station and no one in attendance knew the answer.   It was felt that a speaker system would be helpful and that will be determined prior to the Workshops.

It was announced that Pete Yahl had knee surgery today, June 17, in Columbia.

QUILT SHOW:  Scarlett Ragas

The Bed Turning was very nice and the chairs were full at all the presentations.

There were a few glitches on Friday, May 29, when no tables or chairs were available in the check-in area. (All available tables and chairs were being used elsewhere in the YMCA for a class that was being held.) Gratefully, several Guild members had brought folding tables and they were utilized for the quilt check-in and the custodian located 5 folding chairs for use by those checking the quilts in. On Saturday, very few tables were in the kitchen area but there was an ample supply of chairs. The young people at the front desk located 8 long white folding tables for the kitchen area and there were times when all of them were full of people. Other small, narrow tables already in the room were utilized to hold the food, drinks, etc. It was felt that in the future, there needs to be a clear understanding with the YMCA officials as to our needs for tables and chairs.

Barb Bevell went over the surveys that had been turned in. Two of the vendors really liked drawing numbers for the position of each vendor’s booth—it was felt this was a more fair way to determine the placement of each vendor. The general consensus was that the layout was much better this year. It was noted that binder clips were used this year to attach the quilts and it was felt they worked well. Although she does not have it set up, Alice Allinson has purchased a quilt standard for herself and will see how it works.

Bonnie Schultz announced that all the youth quilters received “Participation Awards” with thanks to Meredith Willcox for providing them. It is hoped these awards might encourage the young quilters to continue quilting. Meredith used the “Big Top” theme and made the awards smaller than the ribbons given to the winning quilts in the various categories.

Scarlett Ragas thanked everyone for their assistance at the Quilt Show and Kathy East thanked everyone for the food shared in the kitchen area. All the “dishes” looked attractive and tasted great, with lots of variety! Those in the kitchen were thanked many times by the vendors as well as Guild members for making the food available. It was noted that it is easier for everyone to have food on site and not have to go into town as we did in some past years.

Barb Bevell related other survey results. There were also some good suggestions that we might utilize at future shows.  One suggestion mentioned we might have quiet music playing during the show, except during the Bed Turnings.  Another suggestion was that we might add an additional class:  “Antique quilt blocks, backing, etc. pieced and/or completed more recently”. Attendees expressed their appreciation for the display of Veterans’ quilts and the demonstrations of machine quilting and hand quilting. This year there was more room available for such things and that was good.


  • Meredith Willcox
    1. A quilt with panels of a little boy playing baseball and set together with fabrics featuring baseballs. It will be given to a great-grandson who is playing ball this summer.
  • Pat Kurtzeman
    1. “Grandma’s Victory”
  • Alice Allinson
    1. A baby quilt in pinks and grays
  • Andrea O’Brien
    1. A quilt made for a WWII veteran, quilted by Joan Harrison
  • Linda Kowalski
    1. Baby quilt for a grandniece
    2. “Bad Ass Quitters’ Society” black and white quilt
    3. A quilt made from Cherrywood fabrics in the “churn dash” pattern; finished project could not be more than 20” square
    4. Veterans’ Quilt from a “jelly roll,” which was given to Renae Farnsworth for the HOF Veterans Project.*
  • Liz Mills
    1. A Veterans’ Quilt, which was given to Renae Farnsworth for the HOF Veterans Project.*

*Both of these Veterans quilts will be given to a veteran in the future.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

Minutes from the May 2015 HOF Quilt Guild Meeting

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MAY 20, 2015

The Hands Of Friendship Quilt Guild met in Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church, Kirksville, on May 20, 2015. President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. May birthdays were announced. Roll call was answered by 38 members. The April minutes were approved as received via email and postal service.


A thank you note from the American Legion Auxiliary, La Plata Post 282, was read to the group. Because he was impressed with the lap robes presented to several La Plata veterans through the Guild’s “Project 4 Veterans,” the La Plata American Legion Commander had asked if we might be able to present a Veteran’s quilt to the American Legion National Commander when he visited the La Plata American Legion on April 4, 2015. A U.S. Army lap quilt was provided by Renae Farnsworth and presented to the National Commander by Kathy East. In appreciation, the Auxiliary sent their thanks for the quilt and a donation to the Guild to be used in purchasing items needed for the lap robe project.

Bonnie Hunter Event:

Linda Pickett announced that the Bonnie Hunter Workshop in September is full!


2015-2016 Officers:

President Di Zook announced that Andrea O’Brien has agreed to be Vice-President of the Guild in the 2015-2016 year, with the other officers remaining the same:  Di Zook, President; Kathy East, Secretary; and Joan Harrison, Treasurer.


  • QUILT SHOW: Scarlett Ragas
  • Ribbons: Meredith Willcox reported the awards and ribbons are completed and displayed them.  They have a very colorful “big top” to go along with our theme, “Under the Big Top,” and they look GREAT!
  • Bed Turning: Kay Beach requested additional Bonnie Hunter design quilts for the Bed Turning and some individuals said they would bring quilts they had made. The “Bed Turning” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29; and at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,  May 30. Other demonstrations on hand piecing/quilting and machine piecing will be held during the “off” times.
  • Publicity:
    • Barb Bevell reported brochures have been mailed to quilt shops that didn’t have them. Other brochures were handed out this evening for placement in other spots that do not have one. For her records, please email Barb with the places where you have posted brochures!
    • Alice Allinson and Kay Beach will be on “Good Morning Heartland,” Monday, May 25, approximately 6:15 a.m. promoting our Quilt Show.
    • Kay Beach and Rose Marie Smith will be on the “Coffee Break” show for Memphis radio.
    • More large signs need to be made and Linda Kowalski made a motion, seconded by Alice Allinson, to have 10 signs made at a cost of $25.00 each. The motion carried.
    • The committee asked if there were other suggestions for advertising. There was a question about advertising on the marquees of Rider Drugs and the Bank of Kirksville, as in the past, and the committee will check on that.
  • Vendors: Marsha Yahl announced there will be room for seven (7) vendors and two vendors were turned down because they did not send the required fee with their applications. Space numbers will be drawn from a hat/or box and the vendors will be assigned their spots down the east wall and across the south wall via that method.
    • Vendors are:
      • Sew Creative, Donna McAdams, Salisbury
      • Prairie Moon Quilts, Shelly Pagliai, New Cambria
      • B & B Creations, Dean Boyd, Tracy, IA
      • Sawyer Creek Artistry, Rich Wolpert, Rogersville, MO
      • W J Stitchery, Wanda Cagle, Kirksville
      • Quilted Square, Tammy Jones, Kirksville
      • Wildflower Quilting, Karen Farnsworth, Greentop.
    • There was a motion by Alice Allinson to rent 40 chairs from Jerry McMain for the Quilt Show. Barb Bevell seconded the motion, and there was a unanimous vote. These chairs will be used by the vendors, set at the ends of the quilt standards, used in the kitchen area, and used for the bed turning.
  • Working Shifts: Sign-up sheets were circulated and members were asked to sign up for the various “jobs”:
  • Friday, May 29:
    • Assist with quilt check-in at 7:00 a.m
    • Put sleeves on 2 x 4’s before 10:00 a.m. (or as soon as we can get in)
    • Set up the standards and hang quilts at 10:00 a.m. (or earlier)
    • Collect donations at the door
    • Sell tickets on the raffle quilt
  • Saturday, May 30:
    • Collect donations at the door
    • Sell tickets on the raffle quilt
    • Serve in the kitchen: food for the vendors. (Workers arrive by 11:00 a.m.)
    • Assist with quilt check-out (a little before 4:00 p.m.)
    • Assist with tear down (around 4:00 p.m.)
    • Other jobs as necessary.
  • Quilt Standards:
    • Keith Peck is making sure all the standards are in good shape. Several volunteered to bring plastic bags to wrap the 2 x 4’s and it was mentioned we may need additional masking tape to secure those bags prior to putting the “sleeves” on them.
    • Susan Guffey, Marilyn & Keith Peck, and Marsha Yahl will assist with getting the standards, etc. out of storage.  Marsha will drive the truck & trailer to the storage area. She will need a driver to back in the trailer at the Y because Pete is physically unable to do that this year.
  • Quilt Show Book:
    • Kathy Krog is making the quilt show books.
    • Pictures of Jean Nevins and/or her quilts are needed so we can honor Jean in the quilt show books—get them to Kathy Krog immediately!
  • Community Service Table: Renae Farnsworth distributed index cards for everyone to tell what community service they have done this year, including Veterans’ quilts and Project Linus quilts.


  • Liz Mills
    • “Veterans’ quilt”
  • Marsha Yahl
    1. “Buckeye Beauty”
  • Marilyn Peck
    1. charity quilt
  • Meredith Willcox
    1. quilt from Dawn Heese Retreat
  • Andrea O’Brien
    1. “Wedding Quilt” with spaces for signatures of wedding attendees
  • Maria Bradshaw
    1. Lymphoblastic leukemia quilt
  • Mary Magruder
    1. “Circus theme quilt”
    2. “Iron caddy”
  • Debbie Hudnall
    1. “High School Is Crazy,” t-shirt quilt
  • Diane Bloskovich
    1. “Fun with Blue and Brown”
  • Joan Harrison
    1. “Nine-Patch in a Star”
  • Stephanie Hettinger
    1. Shared the joy that she is expecting!
  • Di Zook
    1. “Quilt with pictures of friend’s dog.”  She used her new machine to embroider the dog’s name on the quilt.  (They fish in Canada at this friends’ place.)

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary

Minutes from the March 2015 HOF Guild Meeting

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MARCH 18, 2015

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met in room 202 of the Methodist Church, March 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m. For this meeting, the program was presented first, followed by the business meeting, and a Silent Auction of items owned by Jean Nevins.

After Jean’s passing, the family graciously donated her “quilty” items to the Guild. Meredith Wilcox and others had placed her items in boxes, baggies, etc. and they were displayed in the hall and at the back of the meeting room. There was a lot of fabric, knitting items, quilt magazines, etc.


Linda Pickett and Jane Eitel presented the program based on the book, “Civil War Sewing Circle.” Quilting was a major outlet for women’s “volunteerism,” and during & after the war, they became property owners and were more vocal publicly. Many of the slave women joined the Union Army. There were food shortages and the women had to learn to garden. They also became store owners, teachers, and nurses, since they now had to support themselves. The northern women received a supplemental check from the government but the southern women did not. Alms houses (women’s shelters) were created during this time.

Readers for the program included Di Zook, “A Dreadful War,” Liz Mills, “Sewing for a Cause;” Kathy East, “Sweet Sociability;” Jane Eitel, “Tokens of Affection;” and Linda Pickett, “With This Needle.” They displayed various items from the Civil War Era or items they had reproduced representing that era.

Several members showed quilts they had made to represent the quilts of the Civil War era:

  • Kay Beach, “Grandma’s Porch,” and “Anvil;”
  • Peggy Clark, “Reap the Whirlwind,” and “Butternut in Blue;”
  • Bonnie Shultz, “Bonnie’s Creation,” made of interesting reproduction fabrics.

Following the program, there was a break and everyone was encouraged to look through Jean’s quilt-related items and place their bids on the papers provided. There was a minimum bid of $1.00 on many items.


President Di Zook called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.. Roll Call was answered by 32 members and one guest, Stephanie Hettinger, was introduced.  She plans to join our guild. The minutes were approved as distributed. Treasurer Joan Harrison did not circulate a hard copy of the Treasurer’s Report tonight, stating it was almost the same as last month. She did remind us there are monies set aside for the Speaker Fund (Bonnie Hunter) and also the needs of the Community Service Committee. A copy of Joan’s report is attached to the minutes.


Everyone was given an opportunity to sign up for all the Bonnie Hunter classes and their money was collected. Linda Pickett announced that after tonight, the general public will be invited to sign up for classes and she feels there will be no problem filling all the classes, which are:

  • September 17 (Thu)—(Half-day class) “Playing with Jacks
  • September 18 (Fri)—(Full-day class) “Jared Takes a Wife
  • September 18 (Fri)—(Evening) Trunk Show (Members are to bring cookies)
  • September 19 (Sat)—(Full-day class) “Texas Tumble Weeds” *required purchase of the book, “More Adventures with Leaders and Enders”

All classes/trunk show will be at the Novinger Fire Station, Novinger, MO. A lunch buffet will be available both Friday and Saturday for $10 per person. In addition, there are a couple restaurants in Novinger where anyone can get a meal if they so desire or you are welcome to “brown bag” your lunch.


Member News:

Kathy East announced the National Commander of the American Legion will be in La Plata April 4, and he will be presented with a quilt made by our Guild members. Renae Farnsworth made that quilt available.

Kathy read a “Thank You” note from Leonard Brokaw of La Plata, in appreciation of the quilt presented to him as a veteran of WWII.  Kathy & Stan East have presented quilts to 3 other WWII veterans recently and the La Plata American Legion Commander has gone with them for those presentations.

Shelly Pagliai was featured recently in the new Macon paper.



Evelyn Glasgow’s husband, Bob, was taken to St. Louis today where he will have heart surgery.  A card will be sent to them.


Barb Bevell announced she has received a number of pictures of Guild activities in years past from Susan Bell. She would appreciate pictures from any Guild member.


  • Vendors:
    • Scarlett Ragas announced that the vendor letters will be going out tomorrow.
  • General Information:
    • Our Quilt Show was listed on the YMCA calendar for only one day instead of two. Scarlett tried to straighten that out but the YMCA has not called her back. She does have a signed contract listing both May 29 and 30, 2015. The rental fee is $400, including an extra room on the 30th, so the vendors and workers can have a place to eat lunch on Saturday. When asked if the rental had been paid, Scarlett said we usually pay after the Quilt Show and Treasurer Joan Harrison agreed that was the way it has been done in the past.
    • Kathy East said she would bring a lot of plastic sacks for use on the 2’ x 4’s prior to the installation of the “sleeves.”
    • Some of the standards are in disrepair and need to be checked. Kay Beach mentioned there was a good possibility Charlie would not be “up” to taking care of them this year and Kathy felt Stan would not be able to assist with that either. Kathy suggested perhaps we could get Keith Peck to assist in this way.
    • There was a suggestion that perhaps we could “free up” some standards by putting the small wall hangings on a clothesline with clothespins.
    • There was a suggestion that this might be a good time to at least “think” about using PVC pipe standards instead of the wood. One suggestion was that we might try one (1) set or cube and see if it worked out well. Either way, there will be some expense as neither heavy duty PVC pipe or wood is cheap! More information is needed before we invest too much money and time on either solution. Alice Allinson will talk with Lynn Dirkse about the PVC pipe set-up and report at the April meeting.
  • Raffle Quilt:
    • Alice Allinson displayed the 2015 raffle quilt, “Magic of Spring,” and it is beautiful. The paper-pieced quilt is mainly white, with spring flowers in 5 different colors, and wonderful quilting in white.
  • Future Ideas:
    • There was a suggestion that we think about changing the quilt show entrance fee. It was felt this could not be done this year because the letters are ready to go out but that perhaps we could act upon that possibility before the 2016 Quilt Show.


  • Carol Snider
    1. Tee shirt quilt in memory of a friend’s husband who was a veteran and also a motorcycle rider.  The shirts were various sizes and sewn next to each other with no sashing.
  • Celia Riggle
    1. Quilt she made for a daughter.
  • Susan Howaii
    1. 3 small quilts, including a “crazy” quilt.
  • Bonnie Schultz
    1. Quilt made with fabrics from Alaska and Arkansas.
  • Michele Breault
    1. She finished her “hexi” quilt with literally thousands of very small hexis (1 ½”).
  • Sarah Spearman
    1. Lap quilt, all blocks contained cats and large gray mice were appliquéd in the borders.  Her mother did the quilting.
  • Linda Kowalski
    1. “Coast Guard Star” made for Moda’s “Peace and Comfort Challenge.”
  • Meredith Willcox
    1. Three “crazy quilt” panels for her daughter’s “theater” in their home.  The panels will have Styrofoam inside them to control the sound.  She embellished the 3 quilts with family tatting, crocheted items, etc.,
    2. Table runner from Jean Nevins’ stash.
  • Alice Allinson
    1. Her “My, My, My Sedona” entry for Paducah is on the front of the Paducah Quilt Show flier.
  • Stephanie Hettinger
    1. A quilt made from pink fabrics, with the “pink ribbon design” in the center.  She made it for someone who will be receiving chemo.
  • Barb Bevell
    1. Child’s “Ragtime” quilt that is both an “I Spy” and “matching” quilt.
  • Elsie Gaber
    1. Showed the quilt that has been put together so far with fabrics from Jean Nevins’ stash   Some turned in additional blocks tonight.

Following Show & Tell, the meeting was adjourned and attendees were given 10 minutes to make last-minute offers for Jean Nevins’ fabrics, etc., and then pay for their purchases.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy East, Secretary