|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.
I had so much fun, and love that I make new friends each year.
Thanks for sharing this year's Quiltville Mystery Kick-off Party! Looks like TONS of fun (in spite of the stated complications.) Jealous that I don't live near enough to participate!!
I think the parade of finished quilts each year is maybe the best part! So fantastic to see them all with their proud makers.
I had to laugh about someone just buying their Easy Street border fabric. I sewed the borders on my Easy Street in August this year. And I do have Celtic Solstice basted. I think 2017 better be the year of mystery finishes for me!
Well done on another inspiring kick-off party. I do wish I could join you, but this year I have two friends who are participating in the mystery, so that's a start!
I loved reading about all of the fun! The paint chip favors are adorable and so creative and - YOU ALL GOT LABELS. What a bunch of great memories you all made! Thanks for sharing the photos!
sao in Midlothian
That is just SO cool!! I am so happy to see all those smiling faces - and of course - yours!!! You are too cute!! Happy Stitching!!
Looks like sooo much fun and I am jealous of you every year!
I wish I was there!
Oh me too! Would love to join you Gals.
Your 4 patches are lovely.
I enjoyed reading your story. So far there are 4 making the mystery in my group. Hopeful for more as it is so fun and do not want them to miss out.
Looks fabulous! Those Allietares look amazing en masse. I think that would be quite motivating. And your white squares are very pretty too! Fun post as always, Andee.
Angela your quilts are all beautiful. I agree Talkin Turkey is a favorite of mine also. This year is my first mystery quilt. I am excited to learn from Bonnie. I have never done a quilt with this many pieces. I am hoping to make the Talkin Turkey some day. Seeing all your Bonnie mystary quilts is very inspiring. I also live in Chandler!!! Happy Holidays!
You are great, Ladies!! I wish you much fun with this year's mystery of Bonnie Hunter!!
Andee, I love the colors of your Allietare-quilt; if I hadn't already cut my pieces when I have seen the picture of yours, I would have made it in the same shades, love them!!
You gals look like you are having way too much fun! How exciting that you share these mystery experiences. Your quilts look great!
Looks like so much fun! Wish I lived near you so I could join in. What printer did you get? Mine just went belly up so I need a new one.
Barbara at Stash Overflow
Wish I lived close enough to join in. Look like you all have a wonderful time.
I am so gonna join you all for this one day! It is so cool to have that many Bonniacs around!
Hi Andee, I met you last year at San Manuel.
Are you selling the labels? I would love to buy one. There are at least 4 of us in my quilt group in Sun City doing the mystery.
Bonnie is the best !
Carole on the other side of the valley.
Hi Andee. I live in El Mirage, just across the valley, and I love Bonnie. There are a handful of us here who are doing the mystery. I read Bonnie's blog every day and it sounds like she will be in Chandler soon. Is that something you are involved in and is there a possibility of being included? Hope so.
I just love your Bonnie's blue Allietare quilt! I wanted a blue quilt but I got orange! What colors is she using this year?
Hi Andee, I LOVE Bonnie too!!! Whats not to love right? I live in Gilbert and would love to see Bonnie in January when she comes to see your group.....what are the chances that I could come and join in? I have been thinking about joining a group but don't know how to find one that is a good fit. I love scrap quilts and pretty much all things stitching and just found Bonnie earlier this year, I have been sewing and quilting for most of my life and would love to have someone to share my passion with. Please respond :)
Dyann Cox firstname.lastname@example.org, I forgot to leave you this information. I look forward to your response, Thank you :)
I would love to purchase a label if possible. I cannot attend your group this year but would love to plan a visit soon!!!
Thanks to you and to Bonnie!!!
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