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Christmas and Mysteries

Clue 5 is out for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Allietare  However, I'm still working on Clue 4.  Here is what I have done so far.  That thing called Christmas took up all my time this past week.  My pieces are turning out horribly and I must do the stitch and flip method from this point forward.  The angler rulers are just not working out for me.  Maybe I am one of those people that needs a line to stitch on.  I don't know. I'll make them work.

Every year my siblings and I exchange hand made ornaments.  They all outdid themselves again this year.



These are the ornaments I made.


And my husband gives me a Doxie collectible ornament each year.  This is the one for 2015.

I also received some lovely gifts.  My sisters have always been so great about stocking stuffers for me and they outdid themselves this year.  I spend the holiday with my dad and my brother and his wife and family.  We had a good time.  Always fun to be with family.




Here are some quick gifts that I made that I…

Allietare Mystery, Part 2 & 3 and some party pictures

I didn't post last week although I did finish my 2nd Clue.  The reason I'll explain later.  But for now - here are my Clues 2 and 3.  If you want more info on this mystery or want to see what other people's clues look like, please check out Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville's Clue 3 Link up Page.


I belong to a few friendship groups and this weekend the first one I joined and the biggest (16 members I think) had our Christmas party.  This group doesn't meet very often but we all keep in touch.  In the spring we meet to either trade for our challenge quilts or give progress reports and at Christmas, we reveal our challenges.  This past year we exchanged blocks.  Here's a link to the spring meeting where you can see the blocks we exchanged.  And below are some of the quilts (tops) that were made.  This was a slow year, only 5 of of us finished our tops.  But the finished ones are great.







Today 3 friends and I attended Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater and had a brunch …

Monthly BOM Update and Bonnie Hunter Mystery has begun

Bonnie Hunter, from Quiltville - Allietare Mystery,  annual mystery has begun.  She always posts the first clue on the Friday after Thanksgiving (link above).  She gave the color and fabric requirements a few weeks ago so we all had time to gather our fabrics from our stash or the stores.  I finished the first clue today - 294-- 1.5" finished half-square triangles. 
I also finished this past week or so my Block of the Month blocks/pillows.  Here they are.



We had a little holiday celebration with my step-daughter and her hubby and kids, my in-laws and my hubby and I.  It was a quick trip just to see them really and have a little thanksgiving dinner.  I got to play with my grandkids.  It took a while for Dylan to warm up to me but once she did she was a non- stop chatter box.  I didn't quite understand all that she said.  I also didn't understand everything that Jack says but because he talks fast too.  I had a lot of fun playing with them both, playing chase and basically g…

Feeling the Love-from table toppers to quilt friends.

This is a real early Valentine table topper.  A friend wanted to make these toppers together to figure it all out so I decided to make one in some Valentine fat quarters that I had on hand.  Once you figure out the directions it was pretty easy and went together quickly.


I go to this monthly thing at the local quilt store called Party Party Party (or cut throat quilters to some)- we start about 6 pm and sew until 12-2am.  A couple months ago, the owner decided that we were all going to make this basket for another person in our group.  We drew names.  I got a lady who is very particular - a perfectionist which made me very nervous.  (This lady will throw away an applique block because she doesn't like a color she used.)  I finally finished mine and it was given to her last week.  I have no idea what she thought of it--I wasn't there.  I don't want to know.  But it's done.  You can see the pink one my friend Elaine made for me.  I gave her the fabric (same fabric I hav…

Catching up on my Block of the months and sew alongs.

Now that the boutique is over I can spend some time catching up on some of my Block of the Months and sew-a-longs.

Here are the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Blocks fro September and October.  (Library and Post Office)


And also from Fat Quarter Shop the September and October Snapshot blocks.




And the Shabby Fabrics Pillow of the Monthly Club for October.


And some  blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew A Long.  I've finished the top and plan on pinning it this weekend.

I'm going on a friendship group retreat in a couple weeks and I plan to machine quilt the whole time.  I will have 4 quilt tops and 2 table runners to quilt and bind.

Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville announced her colors for this years' mystery quilt called Allietare this year - it will have the colors of Italy, a place she visited this past year.  She is always inspired by her travels.  I think I'll start pulling colors tonight.

Thanks for looking.