Happy Monday After, everyone!
As I’m packing up my bags in Key Largo and getting ready to head home, I have some fun to share with you from a group of quilters in Chandler Arizona.
This is the 4th annual Quiltville Mystery they’ve kicked off with a party, door prizes, and CAKE as they sew together on clue one.
This is the kind of party I would love to be invited to, wouldn’t you?
The power and driving force of this event is none other than our Quiltville’s Open Studio moderator, Angela Neff.
Would you look at this cake? HOW FUN is this?? And I love how the icing pulls in our magenta just perfectly.
Angela, or Andee to folks who know her well
Along with her photos she sent the following:
Paint chip party favor Christmas ornaments!
People are always asking how this kickoff party thing got going so here is the story. 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.
It was that small group sewing day that led to our actually throwing the first Quiltville Mystery Kickoff Party for Celtic Solstice the following year.
Our group has grown every year and we now have forty two people who want to be invited each year and I am adding to the list as I find locals all the time! Not everyone can make it to the party but our original five try hard to be there (or stop in) every year.
This year Kathy, Marguerite, Laura, BJ, Barb, Kathy, Celeste, Jill, Heather, Susan, Evelyn, Jen, Ann, Bonnie, Terri, Fran and me (Andee--Bonnie's #1 fan) were in attendance and Becky dropped in.
Completed Allietare quilts from last year!
Allietare quilts were completed by Kathy, Kathy, Marguerite, Andee (me), Laura, Barb, Evelyn, Bonnie and Fran and a few others who did not have them with or were not in attendance. I look forward to the parade getting larger every year as we encourage each other to finish these quilts that are truly works of art!
The past 3 years of Quilty Mystery Fun!
We are all so motivated by the parade of finished quilts each year and it is fun meeting new friends and seeing everyone's fabrics and completed quilts. We order a cake, have a potluck, have party favors (this year a paint chip with Bonnie's colors and a label for the completed quilt) and even door prizes.
Previous Mystery Quilt Patterns ON SALE!
If you missed out on Celtic Solstice, Grand Illusion or Allietare, you can find all digital patterns on sale now at 25% off in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store until December 1st! Use coupon code DIGITAL25 in the coupon box when ordering. Code must be used at time of purchase.
Label for this year’s En Provence Quilt!
It is truly a terrific day and I wish each an every one of the mystery quilters could join us. One day we hope Bonnie is in town for Thanksgiving and she pops in on us!
I would love that, ladies!
Andee’s Allietare – great pose!
A big shout out and thank you to the generous Bonnie Hunter for doing this for us every year! We truly love and appreciate that you do this for us and bring us all together. My best quilting friends are Quiltvillians!
#1 fan (along with all the rest of you!)
i am so excited that these kinds of activities are forming in different areas around the globe. Why sew at home when you can sew as a group??
And I’m extra excited that I’ll be seeing these gals in January when I head down to Arizona to teach for their guild in Chandler. January is a GREAT time to head to Arizona!
If you are working on the msytery as a group, would you consider taking some photos and emailing them to me with your story? I'd love to share then here on our Mystery Monday Link-Ups!
So let’s do this. For those who doin’t know how a Mystery Monday Link-Up runs, here is a bit of info.
No matter where you are in your En Provence, you can share blocks, design wall photos, completed tops, quilted tops waiting for binding, finished quilts, quilts with your dog, cat or grand baby on it – just share!
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Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Very important to know! Don't give up on yourself. Vintage triangles quilt shared by Kevin H.