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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Mystery at Country Quilts

Yesterday was the perfect quilting day !  The 14th Christmas Mystery at Country Quilts in Clearwater.   I have been there since the very beginning, and have only missed 2 of them.  A fun day, a kit beautifully presented and cut in order, pretty decorations and extra fun items.  Two of my quilts have gone to live in France with Lou, and the rest are here with us.  One is not yet completed (you know how that is, in this case I didn't like one of the fabrics, silly isn't it ?)

This time there was a choice between modern and traditional versions.  I chose the modern, the fabrics are pretty and light and go well in my kitchen (similar aqua/grey color).    I loved the different versions completed by the different teachers, it gives a new perspective on what you can do with a simple pattern.

So here are some photos of the day - quality is not great as taken with my phone.

Roni and Janet

 Erin, Melissa and Deanna (who made the lovely decorations


Here is Susan with her traditional version of the quilt - beautiful poinsettia prints with gold accents.  The pattern was adapted from a Moda Bake Shop one - if you have never browsed the Moda Bake Shop, you really should - there are many great free patterns by some talented people.

This is what she did with the scraps - a table topper.  Susan is VERY good at making use of scraps and doesn't waste anything.

This is not the best picture, I should have taken another photo later.  This is the modern version, bright and fresh.   I made mine using only the grey and aqua colorways from the kit.   I wonder how it will look in the end !

Becky is a masterful applique artist, and this is her version.  There is a gorgeous papercut applique in the center, the background is a red print.  All the reds are raspberry reds.  This one is a showstopper.

 Pam is another very creative scrap user - she has made some amazing quilts.  For this she used scraps and made a beautiful border with different elements - asymmetric with one corner open, opposite an appliqued vine and leaves, and the other two corners have pieced blocks on point.
And the back was pieced out of fabrics she didn't want to use for the front of a quilt !
 
We all had a great day and signed up for next year - I hear that the pattern is already chosen and fabric choices are being discussed !

5 comments:

Donna in SW PA said...

FUN!!!

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Liebe Heather,
ich hatte schon mit Spannung auf Deinen Bericht vom diesjährigen Mystery gewartet. Eine tolle Tradition ! Mir gefallen beide Versionen, aber ich glaube ich hätte mich auch für die moderne Ausgabe entschieden.

Liebe Grüße und noch einen schönen 2.Advent
Angelika

Lou said...

C'est superbe. Je n'imagine pas qu'on puisse faire cela en une seule journée ! Bisous

Marie du Gard said...

coucou Heather, Bravo pour ces magnifique patchs.
Belle journée. Bises de la Provence.

addicted said...

I have just come across your very interesting, beautiful photographs, wonderful work by all. I would very much like to know where Becky found the pattern for the gorgeous paper cut centre of her quilt. I am about to begin a new quilt project and I think that centre pattern would suit my quilt admirably.

If at all possible could the information be emailed to me at merlaine45@gmail.com.

Thank you so much,
Meryl

Now I will continue to read your Blog.