Christmas Party – JSS Style!

Last week the JSS Bee had their annual Christmas party extravaganza!

Peggy was our gracious hostess and we thank you for having us.  Your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas!  I love that you finished your Christmas mat for your tray from Houston!  Davene and I have some work to do to catch up!

We had so many activities for the day, including laughing, eating, show and tell, block exchanges, and same fabric challenge.  I have a bazillion pictures – so lets see if we can make these make sense!  Now be sure to click on each picture to see it fully – then click the back button on your browser to return to the page.

Pictures of our friends!

Show and Tell – we started and stopped show and tell several times to fit in some other activities.  But I tried to show all the pictures in one bunch:

Block Exchange – last January (or maybe it was February) we planned out what blocks we each wanted and how many – then agreed to make that many blocks for others participating.  As usual there was some simple blocks to make and some not so simple blocks (the not so simple blocks were whine/wine blocks).  Peggy was responsible for the whine/wine blocks this year! 😉

Same Fabric Challenge – this year Kay volunteered to organize the Same Fabric Challenge – we each purchased a yard of some fabric (unknown at the time) and then during the year made something quilty out of it.

My goodness!  I sure hope I got a picture everyone’s awesome work posted.  I am honored to be surrounded by such talented loving friends!

Merry Christmas to all y’all!


Bee Same Fabric Challenge

Our Bee has really challenged us this year.  Yesterday we saw the Brown Bag Challenge and today is the Same Fabric Challenge.  I think next year we may need scale back the challenges a bit… 😉

Same Fabric Challenge

With the Same Fabric Challenge everyone in the Bee who wanted to participate got a yard of the same fabric in January and we all used it in some form or fashion.  The fabric we all got is this pretty Batik:


I decided to use it in my Desert Sky quilt.

This is a Judy Neimeyer pattern.  So I’ve been working on lots of points and curves over the last month or so!

Desert-Sky-First-Few-blocksCurvesThe pattern layout for the blocks didn’t seem to work for me.  It took several days on the design wall!

Playing-with-LayoutLayout-2nd-tryFinally came up with something balanced and not quite so WILD!

Desert-Sky-Completed-Quilt-I’m actually loving how this turned out and can’t wait to have it quilted!

I bet you’d like to see what some of the other Bee gals came up with.

Here Suz used her fabric as a doo rag!

SuzJudy made this pretty little quilt:

JudyMadeline went to town on this beauty!

MadelineAnd Davene used the fabric in a pretty pillow case:

DaveneThat was just some of what all these talented ladies came up with. Next year we are talking about a block exchange challenge – not sure of the details but I know for sure that it will be fun and challenging!


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