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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Adair County Annex.  President Brenda Moore called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.  Roll call was answered by 39 members. Guests Judy Gooch, Kneka Smith, Michaella Peck, Jessica Jones, and Meghan Jones were introduced. Several of our guests became members tonight.

The President announced the September birthdays and Treasurer Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report, with little activity this month.  Minutes of the August meeting were approved as sent out.

Kneka Smith, spoke on behalf of the Girl Scouts and told about an upcoming project/competition. The Girl Scouts are required to use three (3) fabrics that are provided by the Girl Scouts. They can use other fabrics in the block, but they MUST use a part of the three fabrics provided.  They will meet ½ day on October 21,when they will design and cut their pieces, and another half day on November 11, when they will sew their blocks together.  Both these sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Extra machines will be needed and several Guild members volunteered to bring one and assist however they can.  This project will be held at the Kirksville Art Center’s current location on Baltimore Street in the old US Cellular building.  To date, 13 young ladies have signed up to attend.

Andrea O’Brien presented a proposal made by the Kirksville Arts Council for the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild to meet in their temporary location in the old U.S. Cellular Building on the corner of Baltimore and La Harpe Streets, across the street south of Faith Lutheran Church.  When the Arts Council rebuilds in the future, we can also meet in their new building.  There will be no rental fee and there is more room in this location than at the Adair County Annex Building.   Amanda Moots made a motion to accept this offer of the Kirksville Arts Council, seconded by Sarah Spearman, and the motion carried unanimously.  It was agreed to keep the Adair County Annex as a backup.  Quilt ‘Til U Wilt will be at the Adair County Annex for the rest of 2017, and our regular meetings will be at the Kirksville Arts Council building beginning next month on October 18, 2017.  Andrea will contact the Kirksville Art Center with this information.


Rose Marie Smith needs updates of addresses, phone numbers, TONIGHT for the 2017-2018 program book.  Also, ALL committees must be filled tonight so the new book can be printed!

Quilt Show Committee sign-ups are also needed tonight!  Linda Kowalski volunteered to make the raffle quilt for the 2018 Quilt Show and Carol Cunningham volunteered to bind it.  A BIG thank you to both ladies!

Courtesy:  John Harrison has had 3 blood transfusions recently.  Marsha Yahl had a problem with her foot but is doing better.  She is currently wearing a “boot.”



2016-2017 HOF CHALLENGE REVEAL   (link to photos)

Twelve quilts were displayed in the Reveal.  All quilts were to have curves in their design with Kay Beach and Diane Jarvis in charge of the Reveal.  Following the secret ballot vote, the following winners were announced:

  1. Debra Freese:  $25 gift certificate from Wildflower Quilting
  2. Linda Kowalski:  $20 gift certificate from Grandma’s Room (Mary Shoaf)
  3. Diane Jarvis  $15 gift certificate to Hobby Lobby

Other participants were:  Kay Beach, Elsie Gaber, Joan Harrison, Andrea O’Brien, Marilyn Peck, Cathy Poyner, Celia Riggle, Bonnie Schultz, and Rose Marie Smith.


2016-2017 UFO REVEAL:

Barb Bevell announced that 200 UFO’s were completed this year and there was a drawing for the following  prizes:

  1. Cathy Poyner:  $25 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “Completed all twelve projects”
  2. Kathy East:  $15 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “One chance/each UFO completed”
  3. Karen Farnsworth:  $10 gift certificate (MO Star Quilts) “One chance for filling out a UFO form whether they completed any UFO’s or not”

The 2017-2018 HOF UFO Challenge has officially started. The goal is to encourage members to write down their UFOs and try to finish them throughout this next year. Prizes will be drawn for three categories:

  • Drawing #1: Those who have completed all twelve projects
  • Drawing #2: One chance/each UFO completed
  • Drawing #3: One chance for just participating

The “block” was handed out. Members will have 1 month to fill them in and the drawing will be AUGUST, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shelly and Rose Marie!! It was announced that Shelly Pagliai received “Honorable Mention” at the Paducah Quilt Show and Rose Marie Smith has a quilt in the Iowa Quilt Show.

The program in October will be presented by Gloria Horne.  She is the State Director for the ”Quilts of Valor” program.

SHOW & TELL:  (link to photos)

  • 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.

President Brenda Moore reminded everyone that the October 18 meeting will be at the Kirksville Art Center building and it will be open by 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary.




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



                                                                JULY 19, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Adair County Annex.  President Brenda Moore called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was answered with “My favorite vacation spot” by 22 members, with attendance being influenced by the NEMO Fair currently in progress. Guests were introduced:  Jackie Lukasik, Missoula, MT, a cousin of Meredith, & Vicki Lloyd, Kirksville; Barb Roberts, and Debra Freese. Debra has recently moved to Kirksville. Both Barb and Debra paid their dues and became members tonight.

The June minutes were approved as mailed out. Treasurer Joan Harrison circulated the June Treasurer’s Report, which was discussed and approved. The “Estimated Income and Expenses”  for 2017-2018 was circulated and approved unanimously on a motion by Alice Allinson, and second by Amanda Moots. The UFO book was circulated for updates and Joan announced that dues of $15.00 for 2017-2018 are now due and payable, with several paying their dues tonight.

Alice Allinson announced she had purchased and mailed gift certificates to the fellows who assisted with the set-up and take-down of the Quilt Show. They were such a HUGE help! The Quilt Show winners are attached to these minutes and you can watch for them in the Kirksville Daily Express and the La Plata Home Press.

The “curved piecing” challenge quilts need to be brought to the September meeting and must be completed, including quilting, at that time to be judged at the meeting. If your “curved piecing” quilt challenge is not completed by September, it can still be completed and entered in that category in the 2018 Quilt Show.

President Brenda Moore thanked outgoing officers, Andrea O’Brien and Elsie Gaber for their service. Vice-President Rose Marie Smith circulated the current information we have for the program books and asked everyone to check their information and make any changes necessary. That information will be printed in the 2017-2018 Handbook.

President Brenda issued a plea for anyone who has space in their home to store the two large totes with scrapbooks of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild to come forward. This history needs to be preserved but Brenda feels it should not be in our storage unit because it is not climate controlled, and we know many do not have space in their homes or apartments for them.

Several reported they attended the Rooster Creek Quilt Show at Holt’s Summit.  There were 150 quilts on display and also several demonstrations were presented. Susan Howai attended their “paper piecing” demonstration.

A sign-up sheet was circulated for the various committees.



Bonnie Schultz sent a report and it was read by Kathy East.

  •    Betty Shahan—Thinking of You card
  •    Susan Bell—Sympathy card, loss of her mother, Sue Nagel
  •    Marilyn Peck—Get Well card, fall
  •    Jim Nevin—Get Well card, pacemaker replaced
  •    John Harrison—Get Well card, carotid surgery & stint
  •    April Bartlett—Sympathy card, loss of her daughter. A memorial check was sent.
  •    A Thank You card was read for our donation to Hospice of Northeast Missouri in memory of Floyd Riggle.


  • Beverly Compton
    • displayed her wall hanging from last year’s retreat.
  • Marilyn Peck:
    • Quilt designed by Jenny Doane of Missouri Star Quilting, featuring “cats.”
  • Meredith Willcox:
    • Quilt with a green background, featuring cats designed by Jenny Doane.
  • Elaine Scudder:
    • two wall hangings with flowers, her first finished quilted items.
  • Kim Sampson:
    • quilt for 8-year-old granddaughter for her bedroom in their new house. “Pretty In Pink” with pinks and black and white polka dot print will look great in her room.
    • quilt for 11-year-old grandson, “Falling Charms” pattern with very bright light green to match his walls in their new house.
  • Debra Freese:
    • beautiful quilt made from Riley Blake fabrics picked out by her daughter. She quilted it herself.
  • Andrea O’Brien:
    • quilt for medical student who just graduated from ATSU and asked if she could use some of his ATSU items had in one of her quilts. She used them in a quilt for him and will deliver it to him soon in Norfolk, VA, where he is entering the Navy. She also used prints with anchors and patriotic prints in the quilt.
    • baby quilt with deer made for a staff member who is having a baby boy soon.
  • Kathy East:
    • Veteran’s quilt for a WWII veteran who lives in St. Louis. They hope to get it to him soon.
    • A “tell” about a dress requested by granddaughter-in-law, Liz, for 1-year-old great-granddaughter, Brynlee. It will be made from a picture using black & white “cow print, and red bandana print fabrics chosen by Liz from Kathy’s stash.  Kathy is doing a “trial run” with some never-used fabric purchased for her at a thrift store by a son in the Kansas City area.  He thought there was probably 10 yards, 60” wide white fabric on a roll but when she got the fabric home, there was 37 ½ yards on the roll & it ended up costing her 17 cents a yard!  She cut the fabric into 1 yard and 5 yard sections so she could wash it and is finding more and more uses for that fabric all the time.
  • Elsie Gaber & Meredith Willcox
    • displayed a quilt with embroidered floral blocks, which will be raffled off at the 2018 Rotary auction. The proceeds will go to their humanitarian projects.
    • This quilt has had quite a history!

1. Kathy East saw the blocks at a La Plata yard sale but decided she did not want to do all the embroidery that was not finished; so she didn’t buy them.

2. Some time later, Kathy went to the La Plata Christian Ministries and the blocks had been donated to them. The workers saved them for Kathy because they knew she made quilts.

3. Kathy still did not want to do the embroidery but took them to a Quilt Guild meeting & placed them on the UFO table.

4. Di Zook bought them to give to Meredith.

5. Meredith finished the embroidery and even had the embroidery thread that matched what had already been done!

6. Meredith and Elsie set the blocks together with fabrics from Meredith’s stash and fabric sent to Meredith from North Carolina by Vel Pauls.

7. It is now completed but Meredith who didn’t want another king-size quilt, and offered it to Elsie for the 2018 Rotary auction.

8. Elsie gratefully accepted Meredith’s generous offer!


Kay Beach, founding member, gave us the History of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild. It was good to hear how it was started back in 1985 from an ad in the paper. Ann Truitt and a few ladies who were interested in quilting, got together to share ideas and show their completed quilts to each other.

Three months after the first meeting, they put on the first quilt show in the Court House. They hung some quilts and placed some of the quilts over chairs and on tables. They charged 50 cent admission. Not only have they held a quilt show each year (Court House, YMCA, Rehoboth Church, William Matthew Middle School), they have also had a raffle quilt, too.

Meetings were held in each other’s homes until they got too large, then the meeting was moved to the YMCA, later to the First United Methodist Church, and now the Adair County Annex. Kay related several amusing things that happened through the years and her program was enjoyed by all!
Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary





JUNE 21, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. The meeting was called to order by President Andrea O’Brien. Roll Call was answered by 27 members with “My Favorite Summer Activity.”

Joan Harrison handed out the June Treasurer’s Report as of June 21, 2017. This report also included a comparison of the income and expenses of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Quilt Shows.  Our Quilt Show net income has decreased some each year and it was emphasized all members need to sell, sell, sell MORE raffle tickets since that is our main source of income for the Quilt Show.

The UFO Challenge Book was circulated for updates.

The proposed slate of officers was presented by Diane Bloskovich:  President-Brenda Moore; Vice-President-Rose Marie Smith; Secretary-Kathy East; and Treasurer-Joan Harrison. There was a motion and second to accept the slate of officers by acclamation, which carried.

The “wrap-up” of the 2017 Quilt Show was discussed. Everyone seemed pleased with the way the “standards” went up & were taken down! Both of these jobs were completed in “record time” and were SO much easier on our members. The general consensus was that we need to pay again for this set-up! It does cost but is certainly easier on all our Guild members!!! Although one Vendor did not show up the vendor’s assessments of the Show were favorable.

A few suggestions were made as to how the standards were set up:  One suggestion was  because the “numbers” in each class were sometimes on the outside of one of the frames and then also on the inside of the next frame, it was a little confusing. That transition could be more clear. Also, the “numbers” may not have been large enough for everyone to be sure where one group of quilts stopped and another group began. These are details that can be “worked on.”

The vendors expressed appreciation that the entrance to the show was through the south door of the gym instead of the north door as it was last year. This led to less congestion at the entry door.  Many of the vendors also expressed appreciation for the lunchroom!

On Saturday, June 3, quilts were presented to four area veterans and they expressed appreciation for the quilts given to them. Each person’s biography was presented by a member of the Guild and most of the veteran recipients were known by their presenter.

The winner of the Raffle Quilt was Mary Magruder, and various door prizes were also given out.


Nominating Committee:

Diane Bloskovich presented the proposed slate of officers for 2017-2018:

  • President–Brenda Moore;
  • Vice-President–Rose Marie Smith;
  • Secretary–Kathy East;
  • Treasurer–Joan Harrison.

Kathy East (secretary), Elsie Gaber (former VP), Rose Marie Smith (new VP), Brenda Moore (new President), Andrea O’Brien (former President), Joan Harrison (treasurer)

There were no additional nominations from the floor and the slate of officers was approved by acclamation.


Quilts were displayed by:

  • Brenda Moore
  • Andrea O’Brien
  • Carol Cunningham
  • Meredith Willcox
  • Bonnie Schultz
  • Kathy East.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary



                                                             MAY 17, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. The meeting was called to order by Elsie Gaber, Vice-President, in the absence of President Andrea O’Brien. Roll Call was answered by 36 members with “My Favorite Summer Activity.”

The UFO Challenge Book was circulated for updates.

NEW BUSINESS: To date, 120 quilts are registered for the Quilt Show. We need more quilt entries and the deadline has been extended to May 24, 2017. Our BLOG contains a downloadable entry form in addition to the online entry form. The Directory has been updated by Elsie Gaber.



Rose Marie Smith announced four (4) veteran quilts will be presented on Saturday, June 3, at l:00 p.m. Presenters are to contact each veteran and make the presentation. Quilts are to be shown on the Community Service table. Five quilts are to be presented to the George Rea Cancer Center.

The Guild’s BLOG is up to date. Next month the Quilt Show results will be there.

Items for the “Curve” challenge are to be completed (including quilting) by the October 18th meeting and we will vote on them at that time.

The Retreat was great!

Diane Bloskovich presented the proposed slate of officers for 2017-2018: President-Brenda Moore; Vice-President- Rose Marie Smith; Secretary-Kathy East; and Treasurer-Joan Harrison. We will vote on the slate of Officers at the June 21 meeting. Thanks were expressed to those in charge of the six (6) Quilt ‘Til U Wilt sessions held this year,


  • Brenda Moore: “Sea Glass,” graduation quilt for a granddaughter in blues, greens, & yellows.
  • Gyla Elmore: “Hot Rod panels with checkered border, and orange back, made for her brother.
  • Meredith Willcox: pieced scrap quilt for Judy Klinginsmith, who is at the Arbors; and
  • Barn quilt with embroidered barns.
  • Alice Allinson: Black & white “dress” on white, embellished with stones/sparkles.
  • Carol Cunningham: “Ugly quilt” (her terminology): hand-embroidered State flowers, on
  • plain light-colored squares made by her mother, with borders of red, white, & blue.
  • Rose Marie Smith: Veteran quilts pieced by Susan Guffey; Quilt by Wildflower Quilting, both to be given away.
  • Amanda Moots: queen size “Flower Garden” hexies. She asked for suggestions to be made to this quilt and was advised to leave it as is.
  • Erin Northcutt: Wall-hanging made for a friend, star in bright pinks/black.
  • Susan Guffey: Flannel “rag-time” quilt made from items in her closet.
  • Andrea O’Brien: Table-Runner in yellow & blue; and Table runner with butterflies.
  • Kathy East: Veteran Quilt made for her cousin; to be given to him June 10, in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Gyla Elmore was the winner of the Fat Quarter Drawing.


  • Alice Allinson announced assignments will be listed. Quilts will be hung on skirt hangers and approximately 1,000 skirt hangers have been provided by Janet of J. C. Penney Co.
  • Help will be needed for the hanging of the quilts.
  • Check-in will be 7:30-9:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, inside the north entrance of the Ray Miller School.
  • Lunch hours need to be staggered on Friday between 3:00-7:00 p.m. There will be two (2) bed turnings on Friday and 3 bed turnings on Saturday, along with special events at the top of each hour.
  • Jana Russon will display the books about the Kirksville Art Building fire, and will have them for sale.
  • Diane Bloskovich is in charge of the kitchen on Saturday, and distributed a sheet for sign-up to provide the various kitchen needs.
  • Rooster Creek Quilting sent a gift.
  • The Kirksville Chamber of Commerce Newsletter is advertising our Quilt Show. It was emphasized that “Feedback” is extremely important.
  • Kay Beach needs assistance with the Bed Turning. Please see her to see how you can assist.
  • New members need to realize it will be cool in the building, so they may want to “layer” their clothing.
  • We have 12 vendors this year.
  • There will be a tribute to Charlie Beach.
  • There will be two machines set up for people to sew.
  • Viewer’s Choice ballots will be counted and the ribbons will be attached to the winning quilts by 3:00 p.m.
  • If you wish to turn in your raffle tickets tonight, give them to Diane Bloskovich, and give the money to Jo Ann Harrison.
  • The raffle quilt drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. on June 3.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.





MARCH 15, 2017


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Roll Call was answered by 37 members and there were no visitors. The President announced the March birthdays.

Andrea O’Brien and Barb Bevell met with Vanessa Miller regarding the set-up of the Quilt Show. Vanessa needs a map of the facility and they will come in on Friday A.M. (June 2) to set up the standards. The cost has been estimated at $650.00, but that figure could change. Janet Gremaud of J. C. Penney Company has hundreds of skirt hangers and believes they can provide all the skirt hangers we will need for hanging the quilts since most customers do not take their hangers when purchasing clothing. Marilyn Peck related if they are short on hangers, her sister-in-law works at the Ottumwa J. C. Penney Company store and could possibly provide some hangers as well.

Andrea O’Brien asked how many of our members utilize our BLOG—10-12 members indicated they do . The licensing fee is about $100 per year and if it is used, we would want to continue it. Barb Bevell has been keeping it current; however, she has a full-time job and needs help with it if it is to be continued. It takes a LOT of time to upload pictures, get the minutes posted, etc.

Andrea asked if there is any interest in returning to the Livestock Symposium held the first weekend in December. Andrea was approached about this by Vanessa Miller, who has a connection with the Symposium. There was interest and Andrea will explore this possibility.

Andrea announced that “Quilters,” a play by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek is coming to the Maples Repertory Theater in Macon during September and October. In conjunction with the play, there will be three “presenters” who are known to the quilt world:

  1. Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company: On September 30, she will present Trunk Shows at 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
  1. Shelley Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts: On October 7, she will present a Workshop on the “Happily Ever After” quilt, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m. and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.
  1. Carl Hentsch at On October 14, he will present a workshop on foundation piecing at 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.

Costs for these various presentations can be seen on the Maples Repertory Theatre web site:

There will also be a quilt show on display during the run of “Quilters, the Musical.” Information for submitting a quilt entry will be accepted until Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and must include: your name, phone number, a photo of the quilt(s), and a paragraph about the quilt: (the story behind it, techniques used, and whatever else you would like to include). These quilts will be voted on by patrons and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.




  • Keith Peck will have a knee replacement soon, and a card was sent to Kathaleen Winkleman.


  • Renae Farnsworth received a card from Ronald McDonald House thanking us for the children’s pillowcases; they were given away quickly.
  • The program honoring Women Veterans at the VA Hospital, Columbia, will be Friday, March 24, at noon. Rose Marie Smith and Kathy East will plan to attend and hope Gyla Elmore can join them now that she lives in Columbia.
  • A total of 92 “Days for Girls” kits have been sent to Uganda.

QUILT ‘TIL U WILT will be March 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or when you “wilt.”


This will be April 22, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Adair County Annex. Cost is $12. and includes a light breakfast and pizza for lunch. Rose Marie Smith and Kay Beach will be presenters.


  • The Raffle Quilt has been completed and was on display, Linda Kowalski made this quilt for the Guild. The name is either “Carpenter’s Star” or “Carpenter’s Wheel.” Ticket packets were distributed and included a picture of the 102” x `102” quilt.
  • Barb Bevell encouraged ALL members to help with the Quilt Show and sign up for the various jobs involved with set up and take down, etc. To date, six (6) vendors have signed up.
  • Erin Northcutt has designed a flier about the Quilt Show and they will be distributed at the April meeting.
  • Jana Russon will be interviewed March 23, 2:00 p.m., for the radio show, “Friends of Paul Pepper,” which will air on March 30. If anyone would like to go with Jana, please call her.



Kay Beach:

  1. Quilt started for Heather (granddaughter) when she graduated from college
  2. Master’s, and now completed for Heather’s wedding gift–pinwheel/9-patch quilted in IA
  3. Disappearing 9-patch, part of Charlie’s project for George Rea Treatment Center

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Made a quilt for Charlie’s project at George Rea

Susan Chidester:

  1. flower in thread appliqué
  2. Flying geese on black background
  3. “Zippers” in batiks
  4. Pillowcase embroidered with thread that glows in the dark
  5. Baby quilt from charm packs
  6. Textured pillow in turquoise
  7. Place mats in greens and yellows
  8. Panel of flowers on black
  9. Panel with aliens in bright colors
  10. Peace cottage with sateen on the back, blue stars, and trees

Joan Harrison:

  1. Veteran quilt with eagle panel made for her husband who is a veteran

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. “Pathways” by Dawn Heese, browns & beiges

Carol Cunningham:

  1. Baby quilt, embroidered blocks, for a great-grandson
  2. Quilt for herself made from “charm packs.”

Sarah Spearman:

  1. quilt with lavenders/turquoise top
  2. Four-patch posie quilt

Cindy Spearman:

  1. Orange/turquoise quilt
  2. Large hexies with raw-edge appliqué, from class by Liz Peters

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. John Deere fabric, yellow back with green John Deere tractors

Kim Sampson:

  1. Mystery Quilt: Bonnie Hunter “Enprovence”
  2. Truck fabric with bright blue, a Project Linus quilt

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Showed her quilt after the fire, which is extremely fragile
  2. Two table runners, blocks embroidered with turquoise & purple
  3. Veteran’s quilt in brown with yellow stars

Karen Farnsworth:

  1. Double Wedding Ring in turquoise, machine quilted
  2. Whole cloth, white brushed cotton, machine quilted

Susan Chidester was the winner of the fat quarter drawing. Mary Magruder was the winner of the quilt rack (donated by Andrea O’Brien) drawing.


The program was given by Elsie Gaber and Meredith Willcox on “Scrappy 4 Patch”. They showed how to make a quilt from 5” squares that were manipulated and cut so as to make the Hourglass Block.

  1. Sew 5″ squares together to make a four patch.
  2. Put two four-patches together, face to face, and sew 1/4″ all around the outside.
  3. Cut the sewn block diagonally, (twice), in an “X” fashion.
  4. Open each block and press.
  5. Arrange however you wish.

Elsie also gave a tip on using ties as the material of choice

  1. Remove backing
  2. Safety pin ties together at top and bottom
  3. Wash in hot water
  4. Iron and use a stabilizer
  5. Cut to desired shapes



The next QTUW will be May 18, at the Adair County Annex building.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary




FEBRUARY 15, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Adair County Annex for their regular meeting. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 37 members with, “What is my favorite season of the year?” Visitors Elaine Scudder and Leanne Falkenstine were introduced.

Jana Russon reported the first 50 books about the Kirksville Arts Center fire have been sold. There were suggestions that the Guild donate one of the books to either the Adair County Historical Society or the Adair County Library; however both those entities already have one. A third suggestion was to donate a book to either Truman Library or the Truman Art Department. On a motion by Di Zook, second by Pat Kurtzeman, and a unanimous vote, a book will be donated to Truman. Treasurer Joan Harrison circulated the Treasurer’s Report.

QUILT SHOW: Standards for the Quilt Show are a problem. A number of our wooden standards need to be repaired or replaced. Also, we do not have enough standards for the 2017 Show since we will have additional space and are expecting more quilts will be entered. Andrea has checked with the couple who purchased the standards from Collins Rental when they went out of business. These standards are steel and extremely heavy but the couple will set them up and take them down, which would be wonderful! The woman thought the cost would be $600-$700.

Due to the size of the pipe, we would need to hang the quilts using “skirt hangers” with “clippies” on each end. We can purchase 600 of those for $175.00. It was noted that as J.C. Penney receives their hanging items on the hangers, we could check to see if we would be able to purchase some of those, if they just throw them out. We can also check with Goody’s and other clothing stores plus members may have hangers they no longer use. Maria Bradshaw made a motion, second by Linda Kowalski, that we rent the standards this year, and the vote was unanimous!

Due to the cost, we might not want to do that every year. However, there is a possibility we could purchase some standards made of aluminum pipe that would not be so heavy.

Thank You letters were read from:

  • Christian Community Food Depot, thanking us for our contributions in 2016: 124# of food (valued at $115.00) and $150.00 cash. It was noted, “during the 12 months we helped provide food for 2,052 households totaling 6,192 individuals served, of which 1,776 were children. Each household received approximately 35 lbs. of food. All food donations are distributed and money donations are used to purchase needed staple commodities. All work is performed by volunteers.
  • The Dialysis Clinic also sent a note in appreciation of the many neck pillows provided to them.



COURTESY: Nothing to report—let Bonnie Schultz know of any need.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Project Linus is Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The next “Quilt ‘Til U Wilt” will be Saturday, March 18, at the Annex Building.

QUILT SHOW: The Quilt Show is June 2-3, 2017; Friday, 3:00-7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00-4:00 p.m. at the Junior High. Bonnie and Susan Guffey are in charge of the vendors. Andrea O’Brien is drafting a letter which will be sent to possible vendors. Quilt shops, wood workers, and other vendors offering items related to sewing/quilts are wanted. Cost for a table is $25. The vendors suggested the entrance door into the quilt show might be moved to the south door instead of the north door. They thought this would make the traffic flow better.

RETREAT: Jo Conklin reported it will be Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at the Adair County Annex. Kay Beach and Rose Marie Smith will present the program on “curved piecing.” Kay will present a version of piecing by hand and Rose Marie will present Drunkard’s Path.” Cost of the Retreat is $12.00, which will cover a light breakfast and pizza lunch. Demos will be at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.



Elsie Gaber:

  1. quilt for a friend, entitled, “Friends to the 3rd Degree.”

Gyla Elmore:

  1. Quilt of Valor–One in purples, greens, and fabric with seashells
  2. Quilt of Valor–“Jelly Roll” quilt in patriotic colors
  3. Bedspread–White satin back, front in gold prints, with prairie points set inside the white border instead of on the edge.

Sandy Weber

  1. “Scrappy Log Cabins” in Tula free fall, backing of Tula free fall.

Bonnie Schultz

  1. “Good Night Irene,” 2 ½” blocks, hand quilted.

Linda Kowalski

  1. “Jared Takes a Wife,” Bonnie Hunter pattern.

Shelly Pagliai

  1. “Halloween Quilt,” the Spider” blocks were quilted with “glow in the dark” thread
  2. “Mystery Quilt” with red back, front had small blocks of red, yellow, & other bright colors.

Kay Beach:

  1. “Bunnies, Baskets, & Bows,” embroidered, from kit purchased at the Paducah Quilt Show
  2. Quilt in greens and yellows
  3. Quilt–each large square block contained 16 small blocks, made for George Rea Treatment Center.

Liz Mills

  1. Project Linus–Made from strips of fabrics
  2. Project Linus–“Owl Prints” in light colors for a girl

Susan Guffey

  1. Project Linus–lavender quilt
  2. Veteran’s Quilt in “Falling Charm” pattern
  3. Veteran’s Quilt in gold plain fabrics and patriotic prints

Susan Chidester:

  1. Albia Show, quilt for her husband
  2. Veteran’s Quilt
  3. Halloween Quilt—pumpkins
  4. Halloween Quilt—pumpkins in a panel
  5. Christmas Quilt—Sidelight pattern
  6. Table Centerpiece—in bright colors
  7. Table Topper—in spring colors
  8. Table Topper—black background with large flowers on front

Pictures used in the Quilt Book from the fire were on the table at the side for owners to pick up for free!

Mary Magruder was the winner of the drawing for 1 ½” strips.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. and following the meeting Elaine Scudder became a member.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary