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The January program was pure delight! It was given by our own Marilyn Pecks’ granddaughter, Michaella Peck. Since Marilyn and Keith were in Texas and could not be at the meeting, we were able to hook up a conference call so they could watch her presentation.

Michaella gave a slide show and had many beautiful items on display for us to see. She even wore some of the clothing and described how the women made the beautiful garments. This program was representative of her recent trip to Guatemala.

Pictured with Michaella, below, is our own, Meredith Willcox. Thanks, Michaella, for a wonderful program!

2016 – Minutes from the November Meeting


NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Adair County Annex, Kirksville. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m. and Roll Call was answered by 33 members with “how many quilts or quilt projects do you make yourself each year?” The Secretary’s report for October was approved as corrected on a motion by Alice Allinson, and a second by Pat Kurtzeman. Joan Harrison gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Rose Marie Smith, Kay Beach, and Andrea O’Brien gave a presented at the Missouri Folklore Society meeting in November. Their topic was ”The Craft of Quilting and the Art of Friendship.” Those attending were very interested.

The Kirksville Arts Association Exhibit will be held the month of December. Currently 11 quilts are in the show and they would like to have a few more. Quilts are to be at the Arts Center on November 29, and the exhibit will be there for the month of December.

The October minutes were approved as corrected on a motion by Alice Allinson, and second by Pat Kurtzeman. The motion carried.

Speaker storage: Matt Wilson has offered to store our speaker system in his office area, which is secure. It is in the Adair County Annex building. Appreciation was expressed to him for the offer!

The Christmas Dinner Party will be held at the Adair County Annex on December 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet was circulated and several paid the fee of $13 for the meal, tonight. Jo Conklin’s sister & husband will cater the meal and they have catered events for us previously.

Carol Cunningham, Connie Douvier and husband were introduced as guests.



  • Bonnie Schultz reported that Cindy Spearman’s hair is coming back in.
  • Marsha Yahl will have surgery soon.
  • Sarah Spearman had an emergency appendectomy in the night—she called Andrea to tell her, and Andrea, along with Shelly Pagliai and Scott, spent the night with her at the hospital, until Sarah’s parents could drive here from St. Louis. Sarah was released this afternoon.
  • Evelyn Glasgow is not very well.


Meredith Willcox and friends made 52 neck pillows for the Dialysis Clinic and they were displayed tonight. When Meredith called the Clinic, they reported they had just given away the last neck pillow they had so they were very appreciative. The neck pillows will be delivered tomorrow.

Lap Robes were given to veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Pat Kurtzeman made a motion, seconded by Alice Allinson, that we donate $100. to the Food Bank, and $100 to the Helping Hands Mission. The motion carried.

Quilt ‘Til U Wilt schedules for 2016-17 were distributed. The next one will be December 17, at the Adair County Annex, 9:00 a.m.-??? There will be a carry-in lunch or you can brown-Bag it if you prefer.

At the Christmas Party on December 21, everyone is to bring five (5) 2-1/2” strips the width of the fabric. These strips do NOT have to be Christmas fabric.

Gyla Elmore will get a quilt show entry form from the Columbia Guild and send it to Andrea. We may want to alter our entry forms.


Alice Allinson:

  1. Christmas stocking for her new grandson;
  2. King size quilt in a Jenny Byer pattern.

Susan Chidester:

  1. Pillow
  2. puffy yo-yo
  3. scarf

Marilyn Peck:

  1. Veteran’s Quilt

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Folded Log Cabin, potholder

Carol Cunningham:

  1. Fall table runner
  2. Applique table runner

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. Panel with barns and houses
  2. 8 Totes

Mary Magruder:

  1. Wall Hanging, appliquéd by machine

Andrea O’Brien:

  1. Art Quilt, “Into the Woods,” Wall hanging.

The drawing for table runner patterns was won by Meredith Willcox.


Liz Mills introduced Connie Douvier and her husband. “Project Linus” was named for the “Peanuts” character. It is a nationwide organization started in 2004, when they gave away 9,500 blankets. There are 400 chapters headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Nationally, they have given away more than six (6) million blankets. The local chapter goes from the Iowa line to Columbia, MO, to the Mississippi River and to Bethany, MO. They are making a difference in the local area. The blankets are given to local shelters, women’s shelters, military children, victims of house fires and accidents, etc. Weighted blankets are given to autistic children–to purchase, they cost over $200. They always give to the local needs first and anything left over is sent away. These blankets MUST be made of new fabrics and MUST be non-holiday specific! The minimum size is 36” x 36”.

There are 3 types of blankets: knit/crochet; quilt; and fleece. The chapters are responsible for raising their own money and receive NO money from the national organization. “Make a Blanket Day” is February 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. Lunch is provided and for every completed blanket, that person’s name is entered into a drawing for a new sewing machine. At this time, 800 more quilts are needed for the National Guard. There is an ongoing need for teen and boy blankets.

Drop off places are “Quilted Square” in Kirksville, and “Satin Stitches” in Columbia. They are always in need of someone who wants to help.

Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

2016-2017 UFO Challenge Rules

UFO Challenge—“2016-2017”

Well, folks, it’s that time of the year. Time to make out your UFO list and start chipping away at it!! This is your chance to finish a few of those UFOs you’ve been putting off. Not only will you feel good about finishing something, you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! So, get your list together and fill out an official “Block” at the meeting. NOTE: If you can’t attend the meeting in September or October, please email Barb ( with your list and she’ll fill out one for you.

GOAL: The goal of this challenge is to help you finish some of your UFOs throughout the year.


  • In September, you will fill out a 12-part “Block” with potential UFOs* you would like to finish within one year. (*NOTE: If you do not have any UFOs, please list Kits/Projects you have already purchased and plan to start and finish within the year.)
  • You’ll have one month to adjust the entries in your “Block”, then after that, your projects stay as listed.
  • The “Block” will be kept in a notebook and brought to each meeting.
  • When the item is finished, you will color in your “piece” on the Block. You may fill out an additional “Block” once you fill up the first one.
  • Each month at Show and Tell, you are encouraged to show (or share if you don’t have the item anymore) your completed item.
  • Contest runs one year, from September 2016 to August 2017.

PRIZES: At the end of the year, we’ll have 3 drawings:

  • First drawing: Only those who complete their entire sheet of 12 UFOs may participate in this drawing. One entry per person, per completed sheet(s).
  • Second drawing: You’ll get one entry for each completed UFO. The more UFOs you complete, the better your chances of winning.
  • Third drawing: Every participant (even if they don’t finish anything on the list) will get one entry added to the basket, along with those names in the second drawing.

No duplicate winners.

2016 HOF Spring Retreat — Shelly Pagliai

We had a WONDERFUL and fun retreat featuring our own designer-extraordinaire, Shelly Pagliai. Shelly taught us how to construct the “Star Flower” block, gave us short-cuts to trimming half-square triangles, and showed us how she set the blocks on point.

Not to be out done, the Retreat Committee (Jo Conklin, Di Zook, and Bonnie Schultz) Retreat 3-2016 Committee.. Bonnie, Di, Jo kept us constantly laughing and having fun. Drawings every 15 minutes for prizes, snacks on the table, and a fantastic breakfast and lunch were just part of their plan. They also decorated the Annex with “Barn Blocks” that will be featured in the upcoming Hwy 36 Shop Challenge, starting in April.

A BIG thank you goes out to the committee and Shelly for a successful Spring Retreat!

Below are pictures taken throughout the day…





Upcoming Quilt Show in the Area…

Check out the upcoming Quilt Show in Brookfield. Looks like fun. Put March 19 on your calendar and let’s get a carload of people together and go!


Heads up for the August 19 Meeting…

Tonight’s the night. It’s meeting time! 

Just a quick reminder to bring your list of UFO’s (unfinished objects). We will be filling out the yearly UFO challenge “block”. For each UFO you complete within the year (and hopefully show at a guild meeting), you’ll get 1 chance at the drawing at the end of the year. When you fill up your paper “block”, you’ll receive an additional entry in the drawing. If you choose to participate, not only will you have a chance to win some great prizes, you’ll have finished some of your UFO’s!

The August Program features our very own Kathy Krogh, demonstrating the “10 Minute Table Runner”. What a quick and easy way to make gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You won’t want to miss it!

And finally, Linda Pickett will give us last minute information on the Bonnie Hunter retreat in September.  Folks, the time is QUICKLY approaching. Two years of hard work and anticipation are coming to a close. Thank you to Linda and her committee for all their hard work. We know it will be a GREAT retreat!

Reminders for the June 17, 2015 Meeting

Two reminders about the June 17 meeting…

1. It’s is a carry-in dinner as a thank you for everyone who assisted with the Quilt Show. Please bring a dish (and the recipe) to share. There won’t be any meat provided this year, so several of us need to bring a meat dish. (If no one does, we’ll enjoy a variety of side dishes and dessert!)

2. Bring FALL fabrics to give to Linda, Kay, and Jane, who will use the fabric to make “10 minute table runners” as door prizes for the Bonnie Hunter trunk show.. Each runner takes 1/2 yard of one fabric and 1/3 yard of coordinating fabric. All FALL fabric is appreciated! Thank you Linda, Kay, and Jane for coordinating this and making the table runners.

See you on Wednesday at the Methodist Church!