|Kathy, Marguerite, Laura, BJ, Barb, Kathy, Celeste, Jill, Heather, Susan, Evelyn, Jen, Ann, Bonnie, Terri, Fran and me (Andee)|
Ann was in charge of organizing donations and drawings for door prizes this year. It was really fun to draw a person or two every hour. We had about eight winners and we got rid of a few kits, books and rulers that we did not need in the process. I did not win, but Kathy did so she is sharing her kit with me. WHOOT. THANK YOU ANN! I made paint chip party favor Christmas ornaments. All the mystery colors on one chip.
Kathy, Kathy, Marguerite, Andee (me), Laura, Barb, Evelyn, Bonnie and Fran
Five years ago Kathy, Kathy, Becky, Barb and I got together on black Friday to sew at Kathy's house. We gabbed of our love of Bonnie as we all started the Easy Street Mystery (Becky just bought her border fabric to finish that one up yesterday!) It was that small group sewing day that led to our actually throwing the first Quiltville Mystery Kickoff Party the following year. We kicked off Celtic Solstice at a fun shop Jan owned. Later the shop closed and Jan and hubby moved to Minnesota. We had our party in the community room of our police station for the next two years. This year due to a last minute conflict (and a long story) we wound up at the police substation. When we arrived it was locked with a note it was closed due to the holiday (despite our last minute reservation--thanks Barb). After ten crazy minutes the police chief said we could use the room anyway but we had to figure out letting people in the locked door. THANKS to Dr. KATHY for volunteering to put her text number on the door and for running out every time someone needed to come in!
Our group has grown every year and we now have forty two people who want to be invited each year! Of course because it is right at the Thanksgiving Holiday not everyone can always make it, but the group keeps growing. I guess when we have too many for our room there will need to be two locations, lol. I love these ladies and enjoy meeting new friends and seeing everyone's fabrics and completed quilts. A big shout out and thank you to the generous Bonnie Hunter for doing this for us every year!
Thank you to everyone who attended, who brought food and donation prizes and especially to those who helped with set up or clean up. It really makes it a great day for all of us. Fellow Quiltvillians, you are all dear to my heart!
**Edit** Well I managed to get clue one done today. It has been a whirlwind of a weekend and quilting did not get the priority I wanted it to, but I got it done! I spent some time learning how to spin the seams for the first time and I finally get it! That Bonnie teaches me at least one new thing each mystery! I almost think I enjoyed slowing down and spinning the seams, almost.
Quiltville Parade! I have made every mystery and plenty more.