This is the Newsletter of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild of Kirksville, Missouri.

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2018 — MARCH PROGRAM

We were blessed with a great program, plus several visitors who spoke, too!

First, Stan East presented a check to the guild as a result of memorials for his wife, Kathy East, a guild member who passed away earlier this year.

Next, Macy Nunan and her father Lathe spoke to the group about Beads of Courage.  Macy is a ten-year-old girl who had a benign tumor in her jaw and was treated at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The ordeal kept her out of school for about a year.

Beads of Courage is a program for children with chronic conditions. It allows them to tell their own story.  The child receives a bead for every treatment that is done; e.g., x-ray, taking of blood, etc.  Bags are used to store the beads.  Each bag has an official tag to indicate that it is a Beads of Courage bead bag.  This program is for girls and boys up to age 18. Macy asked for our assistance to make bags.  Pattern guidelines for making a bag were handed out along with an official label.  The Hands of Friendship Guild decided to purchase 2,000 tags, and guild members will make bags in memory of Kathy East.

Meredith Willcox has been working with Macy on how to make a quilt. Macy showed the baby quilt that she made for a new cousin who is due in April, and a quilt her great-great-grandmother made.

Our third guest was Thomas Richardson, a folklorist from the Missouri Folklore Society, who was here to observe.  He wanted to visit with our members about quilting and to photograph our show and tell.  The Missouri Folklore Society promotes folk and traditional arts in Missouri.

Sue Schneider presented our program on Days for Girls. She started the Kirksville chapter of the national organization after she read an article in the Rotary magazine that explained that girls would miss school because of their menstrual periods.

Days for Girls puts together sustainable menstrual kits.  Each kit contains a ziplock bag, two shields (100% cotton), 8 liners (100% cotton flannel), two pair underpants, a washcloth, an extra ziplock bag, directions, a pictorial explanation, a cycle calendar, and a small bar of soap.  There is also an education component to the program.  Kits are expected to last three to five years.  Fabrics should be bright and colorful and pretty to camouflage stains and be very attractive to look at so there is no taboo to hang on a clothesline.  The colors should be dark, botanical, with no bugs or insects, and culturally sensitive.

The local chapter is looking for sewers.  They meet on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Northeast Missouri Health Council conference room on Crown Drive.  Sewers need to bring a sewing machine, tape measure, scissors, and seam ripper.  The chapter will provide the pattern, fabric, and instructions.  They now have three new sewing machines.  They also have lots of non-sewing tasks.  If a person wants to sew at home, he/she can start with a sample package, get the sewing inspected, and then can be on their own.

There will be a three-day event at Missouri Star Quilting Company in Hamilton at the end of September; this is sponsored by the international organizations Days for Girls.  250 plus 70 kits have already been made by the local chapter.  The kits mostly go to Africa, including Malawi and Uganda.  The program has a tremendous reach because the girls show their mothers, sisters, and aunts.  One million women have been reached as of January 1, 2018; kits are also used in the United States.

If you plan on attending a Saturday session, please let Sue know that you are coming (www.kirksvillemo@daysforgirls.org).

 

2018 — FEBRUARY PROGRAM

The Program, called “Cake Mixes, Canoes, Spider Webs and Paper on a Roll”, was presented byRose Marie Smith, Kay Beach, Pat Kurtzeman, and Diane Jarvis.

For paper piecing newspaper or sheets of paper can be used to make a crossed canoes pattern.  This has two downfalls:  the paper needs to be removed, and there are lots of scraps.

The log cabin is the most fabric economic pattern.  “Homeward Flight” was made many years ago.

Spider web quilt uses copy paper.  The blocks are 8” square.  This design uses a template and scraps.  Four blocks equal the web.  Hints for paper piecing:  shorten stitch length, use newsprint (Dick Blick is a source to purchase a ream), and a tracing wheel could be useful to perforate the paper.

Cupcake mixes use charms; cake mixes use a layer cake.  The cupcake kit comes with 42 sheets; sew on the dotted lines, and cut on the solid lines.

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2017 — SEPTEMBER SHOW & TELL and PROGRAM

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)
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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.

SHOW & TELL: 

  • 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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2017 – JULY SHOW & TELL and PROGRAM

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SHOW & TELL:

  • 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!

PROGRAM:

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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