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Grand Illusion Mystery Caught Up and Christmas ornaments

I am all caught up with the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.  Here's the proof.

Christmas was wonderful.  Still not the same as it was without my mom, but we try to make it as good as she would have made it.  My sister made ravioli's a few weeks ago when she was here with a little help from my dad and sister holding the drill to turn the pasta maker (see pictures from a few posts back).  Our friends Kevin and Lori came for Christmas Eve dinner and we ate and laughed.  We played a game on Lori's phone called Heads Up which was fun.  Dad didn't play, but he enjoyed watching us and laughing at our answers and clues.

Each Christmas the siblings have exchanged hand-made ornaments.  For some reason, Christmas snuck up on 2 of them so only me and my younger sister got our ornaments completed.   Beverly made these little cuties.


I made these sleds.  I bought the patterns/kits at Creating Keepsake in New Hampshire on my grand adventure in Sept/Oct.  





And for my mo…

Material Girl's Christmas Party

My friendship group Materials Girls had our Christmas party this afternoon where we show our challenge quilts, do a little quilt exchange and have wonderful fellowship with each other.  We also choose our next years challenge.

Here's the group shot.
Back row:  Rita, Anna, Barb, Sheila, Deolinda, Elaine and Diane
Front row:  Maxine, Debbie, Kathy and Carol
Missing this year were Janice (who was sick), Lynn Marie, Barbara B. and Adena who had other plans, and Sue.

Our challenge this year was to make a quilt with a house on it.  This is a no pressure group and for these types of challenges, if you don't get it done, it's no big deal.  Here are the quilts that were done.






And we also had some show and tell.



And years ago, we all gave each other little gifts at Christmas but with 17 in the group at the time, it just got to be too much so we decided that those who want to participate can make a 12 inch (or so) mini quilt and bring it to the lunch in a brown bag.  Carol's dau…

Grand Illusion Clue 3 and a Loose Threads project

I have one, yes only one block, of clue 3 done for the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery, however I do have all the strips with the black on it done and fabrics cut for the other piece.  Hopefully will be able to get to it next week.  The next 2 nights will be spent finishing and wrapping some Christmas gifts.  Here is what I have so far.

And Loose Threads, the art quilt group that I belong to, met tonight and I finally was able to reveal my latest design board challenge.  This was the last round and I hope Karen will update the groups blog with all the pictures, but in the mean time, here is mine.
 Inspired by something on this board.

We are adding a couple new members next year because we've lost a couple due to moves this past few years.  We will be using artist styles for our inspiration next year.  More on that at another date.

Off to bed.  Another busy day tomorrow.
Thanks for looking.

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Part 2 & Family Time

I have only made 10 blocks of part 2 of the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery because I spent this past weekend with my dad (who turned 80) and my sisters who live out of state and my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  Pictures in a minute.  But business first.  Here is the start of part two.  I am using her method 3 which will give me 100 extra black/white and 100 extra red/white half square triangles.

I will work on these as needed.  I still need to mark the squares but I have some Christmas gifts I need to work on right of way.

This past weekend was my dad's 80th birthday.  He didn't want a big party but wanted his kids to come visit him so my sister from Massachusetts and my sister from Seattle came to Ripon and we all celebrated with him.  He wanted to have a lobster dinner so we invited Kevin and Lori (friends of my folks from San Jose who are like adopted siblings) to join us for an Outback Steakhouse dinner.
Here are some family pictures.


 While we were all ther…