Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mystery Time

It's that time of the year again when we get to sew along with Bonnie Hunter and her MysteryOn Ringo Lake is being done in the colors I love so I am thrilled to be sewing along.  The first clue came out last Friday.  I could hardly wait to start, but we always celebrate our Thanksgiving here on Saturday.  Setting tables, cleaning and cooking for 50+ took precedence until Sunday.


I decided to do just a couple of 9 patch blocks on Sunday before the cleaning started.  Somehow, once I started it was like eating potato chips and I couldn't stop.   They went up quickly and I had them all done before I knew it.



After that, I still did not want to face the cleanup so I sewed up my Gridster Bee block for December.  That finishes up the bee blocks for this year, but I am so glad the bee will continue next year.  I'll be linking this up with Quilt Fabrication's 100th Midweek Makers celebration.



Yesterday was a day for cleaning.  All....day....long!!!!

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving with the kids all home from college for the long weekend.  The weather was unbelievably warm too.  It was in the mid 90s on Thanksgiving and still in the mid 80s for our celebration on Saturday.  It felt especially good to those students returning from the Midwest.

We did our annual group photo of the kids and grandchildren - missing just one grandchild this year.





Us with our five chidlren

Son #1, DIL and family

Son #2, DIL and family

Son #3, DIL and family

Son #4, DIL and family

Daughter, SIL and family


Now it is time to transform the house to a Christmas décor.



28 comments:

Ramona said...

What fun family photos! It sure looks like a happy group. It's so nice that you all get together as often as you do. Your first clue blocks look great! And the cake block is quite cute.

Kate said...

Beautiful family photos! How nice that all but one of you were together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

beth s said...

Oooh! I love your family photos!

Jeanna said...

What a beautiful and big family! Your gatherings always warm my heart.

I was going to do Bonnie's MQ this time but do not have the browns and corals and do not want to make any more fabric purchases. I am saving the clues in case I can get to it someday. I really like your 9 patches.

The cake is cute as a button.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

You have some great family photos there.

barcord said...

I love to see your family photos. What a gorgeous bunch.

Vireya said...

Wow, that's a big family! How wonderful to have so many together for Thanksgiving.

Your mystery units are looking good, and that cake block looks yummy!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Like your blocks for the mystery quilt.

Oh my great pictures of your family and each individual family. I would say "wall of shame" my kids nickname for the candid shot pics I used to frame and hang on the wall. :D

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lovely family, Mary...and love the blocks!

Quilting Babcia said...

What a beautiful family! A joy for all of you when everyone can be together. I'm loving the color palette of the new mystery and am saving the instructions to hopefully start after the holidays. Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress as the clues are released.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Years ago I said if I shop, plan, cook, prepare...someone else can do the clean-up. I stand by that 'til this day. I LOVE your family photos. How wonderful to have everyone (minus one) all together. Very special!!! I love sewing "potato chips." :o)

Carla said...

You have quite a beautiful family. Love all the pictures! How did you feed that many and finish 50 blocks? Amazing!

Raewyn said...

I cant' believe you had the time to sew as well as hosting thanksgiving to your family! Gorgeous family photos and a great start to your mystery quilt. Plus the celebratory bee block seems rather fitting for this time of the year!

Maria said...

Sew good to pop into the sewing room and get your BH. Mystery 9 Patch Blocks . Great cake Bee Block...
Love ❤️ all those gorgeous family photos...how cute is the little guy yawning.....

Loris said...

Such a beautiful family! Sounds like you make some wonderful events and memories. Your blocks are looking lovely too! I pulled out some fabric but it's going to have to wait a bit. I get to bring my sister back to her home...hopefully tomorrow. She has worked hard to recover well from this surgery. I'm starting to breathe a bit easier.

krislovesfabric said...

Beautiful family :) And I love your mystery start!!

Rhonda said...

O I love your family photos. Just lovely!!
I should participate in the mystery thingy but I know that my plate is a bit full and with taking care of my mom, I just don't have the time but I'll be watching your progress with eagerness!!!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

I love your colours for the Gridster Bee block you shared on Midweek Makers. Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful family Mary and what precious photos! Have fun with Bonnie's mystery quilt.

Susan said...

You're the third participant in the quilt mystery I've seen - it's going to be fun seeing all the versions. Love you colors - thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers 100 today!

Carol S. said...

Your family looks like an amazing and beautiful bunch of people in those photos. Love the greens in your blocks!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Thank you for your wonderful post. Your 9-patches look great! Can you please remove the unit count from your post? I have respectfully asked that we not share piece counts, unit counts and unit sizes through social media. Thank you!

Bonnie Hunter
Quiltville.com

OPQuilt said...

I've always wanted to see you with all the kids in groups, so I could figure them out--thank you for showing us your wonderful family. I would agree that sewing rather than clean-up was the way to go, especially since you were so productive. I've printed out the block instructions, but other things keep getting in my way!

Happy Thanksgiving month...now on to Christmas!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Lovely family photos! Your mystery blocks are beautiful, they must have been fun to make. I am glad that the bee will continue next year, I like seeing your bee blocks.

-Soma

Barb said...

What awesome photos and a wonderful tradition.....

em's scrapbag said...

Wonderful family photos! It's amazing you only missed one. It get so hard to meet schedules as kids get older.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sure love the fabrics you picked for Bonnie's Mystery. Lovely family.

Lesley said...

Your mystery quilt is going to be gorgeous with those beautiful fabrics. You have such a beautiful family!