Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Second Annual Quiltville Mystery Kickoff Party!

 As I sure most of you out there in Blogland know, yesterday Bonnie released the first clue for Grand Illusion!  Today was our second annual mystery kickoff party!  We have doubled in size since last year's party!  You can read about that here!  Of our original twelve folks, we were missing Jan (who moved to Minnesota) and Becky (who had her kids this holiday weekend) all the others came again this year and we added more!  We had it at the Chandler Police Station this year, so we could fit more folks!  This first picture is of me, Ann, Celeste, Kelly, Kathy and Ros with our flimsy or completed Celtic Solstice from last year!
 I love that they are ALL so different!  We then decided we should wear them like capes and get more pictures.  It really was fun!
 Kathy Kreig's Celtic Solstice arrived after our picture session, but I snapped a photo of it with her on the left and her longarmer Barb on the right!
Here is our whole group sans the picture taker Karen.  She did a great job working everyone's camera and phone and kept it moving along!  What a great looking group of ladies!  Really a fun group and I made some new friends and hope everyone else did as well.

Top row:  Ashely, Candy, Ann, Sheila, Celeste, Kelly, Kathy, Laura, Marguerite, and Ros.
Bottom:  Terri, Angela (me), Jeanette, Laura, Kathy, Jennifer, Andi, BJ, Andrea and Limbania.  Not pictured:  Barb who came later and Karen who took the pictures.  

 We sewed from 9-5 and ate potluck and snacks when we wanted.  Some of us walked to the nearest quilt shop (The Cutting Edge) and others walked for Subway or coffee.

 It was a great day and I am already looking forward to next year!  Kathy and I paid for labels and Ros designed a label and printed them all and heatset them twice so that we could give everyone a party favour.  Here's to hoping we will have lots of Grand Illusions to wrap around our shoulders next year to show off!  All thanks for our mutual love of Bonnie K. Hunter of Quiltville.com!
*edit* Still without a good laptop (and got bad news on the old laptop) so I am just editing this post so I can link up to Quiltville for the Grand Illusion Mystery linkup!  I have less than thirty blocks left to go (with partial units sewn) for clue one.  My sciatic nerve is on fire for some reason tonight and I just cannot sit and sew anymore!  This week is nutso with work and such but I will try to get in some each day til they are done so that I am set on Friday!  Loving my Grand Illusion colors and the first clue!

Clue One in Progress

8 comments:

Vireya said...

Wonderful! Wish I could have joined you!

Great job on all the Celtic Solstices, and happy sewing everyone for Grand Illusion. Looking forward to seeing everyone's different colour selections for this one.

soscrappy said...

What a fun day. Such a great way to celebrate a new mystery quillt. Hope they are all done in time for next years kickoff party

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a fun way to kick off Bonnie's mystery. Sewing with friends is always so much fun.

Julierose said...

What a wonderful idea--it's so great to have a group effort for encouragement! I love Bonnie's quilts (lotsa pieces tho') and her blog and quiltcam also. Altho' I am not participating this year--I will be watching all your great quilts appear....hugs andbest of luck to you all Julierose

Terri said...

It was a great time!

Quilter Kathy said...

You guys know how to have fun! If I lived closer, I'd be trying to get myself an invite for next year's party!
What great quilts you've all made!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

I am envious of your sewing gang, what fun to make Bonnie's mystery's . I look forward to watching your progress. Beautiful Celtic Solstice quilts

lourixe said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am so jealous of your happy quilting gang! I know nobody that sews around me, let alone quilt! Really waiting forward to keep up with this huge international quilting bee hosted by Bonnie Hunter.