Loose Threads: Alletaire Top Finish and Valentine Table Topper

Friday, February 19, 2016

Alletaire Top Finish and Valentine Table Topper


Hello Everyone   This is my first quilt top finish for the year.  This is the annual mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter starts the Friday after Thanksgiving.  She gives a clue every Friday for about 6 weeks, and by then we have all of the components to put the mystery quilt together.   Bonnie gives numbers and colors of paint chips that correspond with the colors she has used in the quilt so you have some idea of what fabric colors to start pulling or buying for the quilt.  

  This is a lot of fun, and I've ended up being a part of a fun sewing bee because of this quilt.  I printed the paint chip numbers and headed to my local Lowes to pick up my paint chips so I could be ready to pull my fabrics and sew when the first clue came online.  There was another lady there with her printout pulling her paint chips.  We both recognized what the other was doing and struck up a conversation.  She ended up inviting me to her sewing bee promising me she wasn't an axe murderer.  As we talked, I realized that I knew several of the group members already and had known some of them for as long as 15 years.  I had been invited to this group before several years ago and didn't go then, so I took this as a sign that maybe I should.  I've been sewing with them once a week since then.  This quilt (and all of the mysteries) are a lot of sewing to finish during the Christmas season, but you can save and print the clues to work on the quilt later.  This is my fourth Bonnie Hunter mystery, and I think this is my favorite!  This quilt top is all done from my stash, too!!!!


When I posted my Valentine quilts in my last post, I forgot to show you this one.  This is one of the Dresden Table toppers I made using my Halloween Dresden Table Topper tutorial here.   The complete instructions can be found in that post.  I finished sewing the binding at the end of January, so it was ready in time for the holiday.  



I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

16 comments:

Chantal L. said...

Congrats LuAnn. Your Mystery quilt is gorgeous. Love the table topper too. Glad to hear you found a fun group to hang out with. Enjoy! ;^)

Needled Mom said...

It looks fantastic. How fun to meet a fellow quilter over the paint chips!!

sunny said...

I've never done one of Bonnie's mysteries, but I love seeing them all over blogland. And I love your Dresden. I won some red and white FG's at retreat, so I really have to do one of your valentine quilts.

Quilter Kathy said...

A fabulous quilt! And you made some new friends... what could be better?!?

Janet O. said...

What a fun story about completing your Bonnie Mystery quilt.
Your little Valentine topper is beautiful!!

Raewyn said...

What a great story about the power of the internet and online offline friends...where real and virtual worlds meet!! I love your finished top - well done; I've not done one yet but most years I am tempted after the fact when I see all the fabulous finishes :-) i love your dresden topper, it's gorgeous!

Kleine Vingers said...

The quilt looks great. And how nice to meet another quilter and share working from the same pattern. Greetings

Judy Hansen said...

Your mystery quilt is beautiful. What a happy serendipity to meet another quilter at the paint chips part of the mystery, and be invited to a group working on the same quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Nell's Quilts said...

What a great finish. The quilting goes so much faster with friends around. Adorable table topper!

Nancy said...

Nice finish of your Alletaire. I still have to add the borders to mine.
I like your red header with all the hearts.

Cheri said...

How fun, you will look at this quilt and remember sewing with this new group. Great finish!

Kyle said...

It's funny how we meet people. Glad you have a new group of friends to stitch with. Your mystery quilt turned out gorgeous and a great finish for the new year.

Karen said...

Meeting during picking paint chips. A unique way of meeting another quilter.

Jeanne said...

LuAnn, your mystery quilt is gorgeous! Congrats on a great finish. Such a neat story meeting up with another quilter searching for paint chips. Love your Valentine table topper, too.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt turned out Gorgeous!
I love your color choices for this quilt too.

Such a darling Valentines table quilt.

krislovesfabric said...

Great finishes! I have a stack of fabric pulled for the Allietare, I may start it later this year...would like to get the one quilted from two years ago first! You have a beautiful blog :)

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