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The September Program was the 2016-2017 HOF Challenge Reveal, “Curved Quilts”. The rules: Your quilt had to have curved piecing in it.

Members were encouraged to enter their quilt for judging (by silent ballot) by guild members. If you didn’t finish it in time for this reveal, you are encouraged to finish it in time for the quilt show in June. All entries will be hung together at the show.

There were 12 participants. Kay Beach, Debra Freese, Elsie Gaber, Joan Harrison, Diane Jarvis, Linda Kowalski, Andrea O’Brien, Marilyn Peck, Cathy Poyner, Celia Riggle, Bonnie Schultz, and Rose Marie Smith.

The winners were as follows:

  • 1st–Debra Freese ($25 gift certificate from Wildflower Quilting)
  • 2nd–Linda Kowalski ($20 gift certificate from Grandma’s Room)
  • 3rd–Diane Jarvis ($15 gift certificate from Hobby Lobby)

The 2016-2017 HOF CHALLENGE winners! Debra Freese, Linda Kowalski, Diane Jarvis

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And here are photos of the other participants’ beautiful quilts! It was so hard to choose a favorite. They were all gorgeous!! Thanks for everyone’s participation. We look forward to seeing them at the 2018 HOF Quilt Show.

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SEPTEMBER SHOW & TELL: We had a great Show & Tell this month. Here’s a collection of everyone’s beautiful quilts.


  • 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.

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  • 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!
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Our program this month was on Barn Quilts. We had two guest speakers, Dr. Joanie Bramon and Sarah Saltmarsh. Each approached their barn paintings a bit differently.

Joanie tries to find out five favorite colors of the intended recipient and then creates a design. She began painting them on 5/8” exterior plywood but after doing an 8’ one, decided that was too heavy. Now, she uses an aluminum composite board and 2 layers of Benjamin Moore acrylic paints (because her relative was a Benjamin Moore dealer). She also uses felt pieces to recreate her painted blocks.

Sarah picks out 5 colors and designs her creations. She uses 5/8” exterior plywood and Sherwin-Williams paints (because her father was a Sherwin-Williams dealer). She used two base coats. She also provided a couple of magazine articles for us to enjoy, as well.


March’s program was fun! Elsie Gaber and Meredith Willcox showed us how to make a “Scrappy 4 Patch” quilt. They took 5” squares, made them into a 4-patch block, then manipulated them, 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