Stitching together a way to rebuild again

Quilt donated by Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild (KTVO)

Downtown Kirksville has seen a big change.

A street corner just a block south of the courthouse square has gone from an arts center, to a fire damaged building, to now, a gravel lot.

The Kirksville Arts Association has been busy working to build a new center in the same spot in the downtown area.

It was in their temporary building, though, on South Baltimore Street, where they received a welcome surprise from the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild.

“After they lost their quilts in the fire they decided that they would make a quilt for us,” said Kirksville Arts Association Board President, Linda Treasure.

A brand new quilt, with a familiar story to tell was made just for the arts association.

“It was really touching because they had suffered a terrible loss in the fire, and the fact that they would think of us, and they would spend time making a quilt for us to raffle off to raise money from our building – that’s very generous,” Treasure exclaimed. “It’s overwhelming, really, to think that they took the time, effort, money, everything, that they spent on this. And it’s a beautiful quilt.”

The arts association is also moving forward, working with a Kansas City architect company to design the brand new building.

“We’re really excited about what they’re proposing,” Treasure said. “We’ll continue to work with them until we have a plan and we’ll be raising funds for the new building.”

A new future, with familiar fabric, a perfect patchwork of pieces of the community.

The Kirksville Arts Association is planning a fundraiser dinner and auction on the anniversary of the fire, on December 2nd.

Contact the association to RSVP for that event, or to buy raffle tickets to win the quilt.

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild is now hosting its monthly meetings at the arts center’s temporary location on South Baltimore Street.

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