Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion on the Design Wall

It's back to work today after a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I'm not looking forward to getting back into the groove, there's a report due and I'm supposed to give a talk at the safety meeting in a couple of weeks.  There definitely won't be a lack of things to do this week.    

We were visiting family until late Saturday afternoon.  It was early evening before I was able to get into my sewing room to start on Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery quilt along.  

By the end of Sunday, I had finished about 36 of the pink/teal HSTs and put together 8 of the four patch units. These are definitely bright blocks.   I'm using yardage rather than scraps.  The only way I could defend starting a new project was if it helped bust some stash. Only the teal had to be purchased, all the rest is from the stash.  

Grand Illusion
a Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt Along

These are easy to sew, so I hope to have a bunch more finished by the time Friday gets here.  I've decided to make my version 3/4 the size of Bonnie's.  That means I need 75 of these 4 patch blocks, so only 67 left to make.  

I'm looking forward to seeing all the versions of Grand Illusion posted over at Quiltville.  I'm also linking up with Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times.   


  1. I like your idea of using yardage rather than scraps. I really wanted to do Grand Illusion, but I have so many things on the go I didn't dare start another.

    You've made a good start.


  2. Looks great. I pulled mine from stash too and decided to use blues in place of aqua.
    I'm also excited to see all the colors everyone else is using.

  3. I like your color choices for this. It is fun to see what fabrics others use in the mysteries. I'm an observer... not a participant. :)

  4. Yeah! for making progress on your Grand Illusion! You made good progress for starting late Saturday. Too bad work gets in the way! But I know you'll enjoy the process. I'm trying to finish rather than start things. I'll save the directions and then decide if I need to do this later on.

  5. The colours play so nicely together!

  6. I'm really going to enjoy seeing everyone's progress on the GI mystery! The pics that Bonnie shared from the inspiration were tremendous! I don't mind sitting on the sidelines when folks like you are posting such pretty pictures!! :)

  7. It's looking great - busting stash is the best! And all of Bonnie's quilts with many little pieces do use quite a bit of fabric - nice!

  8. New follower here. I love your header. Your fabrics for the mystery look great and you're off to a "grand" start.

  9. I am so excited watching everyone make these. I can't wait to get home and do some...

  10. It really stinks getting back to the grind, doesn't it? I will have to be going back to work soon after my hiatus in November from flying! YUCK! But, your fabrics are amazing as usual! LOVE THEM!


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