Finally! I’ve sorted through 6,435 pics of the Christmas Party of the Century. And I’ve narrowed it down to 61 pics for today. What? Sixty one? Can I really count on the Devoted Blog Followers to stay with me through that many pics today? Grab your coffee, some breakfast and let’s begin!
Judy was the Hostess with the Mostest. But she tried our patience with a story to start the day. After breakfast that is. She got us all full of yummy breakfast things and then gathered us all together to start on the the Big Brown Bag Reveal. And then she made us wait. She actually got ladies to join in and tell stories of their beginnings with the JSS Bee. She started it all with the story of how the Bee began.
See how they all watched with rapt attention? They were mesmerized with the stories.
A happy bunch of quilters if I ever saw one. Everyone joined in on the stories. Tender, thought-provoking stories.
Sue comandeered the box of kleenex and doled them out as needed. And many of us needed them. Touching, emotion-packed stories filled the room. Sometimes it is good to re-live the memories.
But we were also all anxious for the Big Reveal. Of our Brown Bag quilts. For those of you who might not remember, let me remind you of the challenge. In January each participant brings a brown bag with one yard of fabric. We mix them all up and then go home with a brown bag. We don’t know who has our fabric and we don’t know whose fabric we have. Our instructions are to make a quilt top, using the BB fabric and adding fabrics of our own choosing. We have all year to make these quilt tops. And some ladies actually finish these projects in March or April. Gasp! And then there are those (like moi) who do the entire project the day before the party. Or almost. Because if I finished it in March, I’d never be able to find it when party time arrived.
And if anyone has a new name for this challenge, Judy would be very happy to entertain ideas. Personally, I think Brown Bag Challenge (or BB) perfectly describes the project. Maybe we could change the bags to pink, Judy? Or red?
Here are the pretty wrapped packages filled with brown bag challenge quilts. We are instructed to put a piece of the fabric on the outside of the package so that the recipient can be found.
I recognized the fabric on this bag as mine. And I couldn’t wait to see my quilt!
So the stories finally ended, and Judy grabbed her package and showed the fabric around the room.
It was Dede’s! And lucky Dede got to be the first to see her quilt.
Judy did it again! All around the border were the names of all the JSS members. What a keepsake! And we have decided that one by one, Judy has to make us all a JSS Bee Memory Quilt. See how the ladies on the left pointed out the names? We all want one.
Then Dede brought out her package. And Sally was really jazzed that the fabric was hers.
And she pointed out to us all which fabric was in the brown bag. Pretty quilt!
A big hug was in order. Many hugs continued throughout the day.
Sally had Sandra’s fabric……
…..and Sandra was really excited to receive a beautiful quilt that showcases Sally’s fabulous appliqué.
Sandra had Judy R’s bright geometric print fabric. And she made this happy, bright pinwheel quilt.
Judy had Suzanne’s fabric and Suz flew to her feet the minute she recognized it.
What a great quilt with some fabulous celtic appliqué! Suz was so excited that she probably already has it quilted and hanging in her house. Notice that Cindy is praying that hers will be as nice. And Cindy’s Mom is joining in the prayer.
Suz had Tracie’s fabric. Tracie tore into her package quickly.
What fun these cute flower pots are! With fabulous fussy cut flowers out of Tracie’s fabric.
Susan excitedly tore into the package that Tracie had made.
And revealed these cute little flowers. Great job, Tracie!
Lynn recognized her fabric as Susan held up her traditional holey remnant.
Lynn and Susan shared a private moment of looking at the quilt while we all got to look at the back. What? Turn it around you two!
And they finally did turn it around to reveal this fabulous appliqué by Susan!
Pam recognized the blue fabric on the package that Lynn brought.
And Pam loved the bright quilt that Lynn made. Pretty!
The fabric that Pam had turned out to belong to Jules.
And Pam made this glorious quilt top for her. Spectacular!
Now I know that you are totally mesmerized with all the quilts so far. But I fear that you will be late to work or not get a thing done today because you are glued to the pics on the blog forever. And I’m all about building the momentum. So since this is about half the total pics for the brown bag challenge, I think we’ll wait until next time for the rest.
Because you know how I like to keep you all on pins and needles for more. Stay tuned!