Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Grand Illusions Final Link Up

So the mystery has been revealed and what an amazing quilt it is.  It is so busy, yet it has a certain optical illusion to it, hence the name, I suspect.    I have been making extra blocks to enlarge the size of the quilt to about 104x104 to better fit my bed.  Yes this is another one for me.  I plan on keeping all of my mystery quilts for beds at home.  Here is a picture of some of the blocks on the design wall. Don't worry about the background vegetables on the design wall.  Just some old flannel that I had, lol.  It is always the first thing people comment on!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Clue#5 link up

I believe this may just be the final clue for making units, I could be wrong but I am hoping the block reveal will be next and we can start putting the last pieces of the quilt puzzle together. My project box is overflowing with clues.  Here is clue #5 finished 4 patches.  I was happy that it was a quick easy clue this week.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


I am a little behind this week as I have been working on Christmas gifts all weekend and have not had the time to even cut my strips for clue #4.  All the other clues are caught up so I am not terribly worried about being a little behind.  This past week I have been making purses out of little girls blue jeans.   I have completed 7 purses, embroidered monograms on 6 grandchildren's robes, embroidered two sports bags for a friend and two scarves for a friend.
So, I got busy last night and worked until midnight to finish Clue #4.  Really trying to keep up this year and be ready for the last few clues.  with company and the holidays it is hard to find the time to sneak away and sew, but every little bit helps.  These units, luckily, were half done with the hst from clue #1 being ready to go, this made it much easier.  Although, I cut too many strips for the blue and background half square triangles and have double what I needed.   Hopefully, I will find a use for them somewhere in a border or whatever.  Getting excited about being almost to the end.   Have fun Girls and enjoy the process!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Grand Illusions clue#3 Link Up

Well this clue seemed much easier than the last two, however, I had a heck of a time adjusting my seam allowance to get the correct measurements, but at last I managed.  I have all my strip sets done and ready to cut.  I cut one strip set to make I believe 21 units to see how they were going to look.  Not bad, but my brown is blending in with the greens and not quite as much contrast as with Bonnie's colors.  That's okay with me though because as with nature all the fall colors blend together for one magnificent landscape.  That is my hope that this quilt with its fall colors will be very earthy and beautiful just like nature.  So here are a few pictures of my blocks. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Grand Illusions clue#2 link up

The excitement in this year's mystery is evident with over 300 link ups in the first week.  I would have to guess that there are at least that many doing the mystery who have not linked up as well.  I am on my way to my studio to get busy now.   So as soon as I get some units done I will be posting a picture and be all ready for Monday's link up.  Maybe I will make it in the first 100 this time.  Hope everyone is as excited as I am.  Have fun everyone, just like Christmas mystery time is only once a year!! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery

The buzz you hear in the paint isle of Home Depo,t is not about getting paint samples to re- paint rooms, but rather to find the colors for this years Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt entitled " Grand Illusion "Grand Illusion
"> The first clue is due to be posted to her website on the Friday after Thanksgiving, so if you are interested in joining in this years fun you had better visit the website for the introduction and start picking out those fabrics. Let the good times roll.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Quilt Show Entry

I have been working on this quilt over the last 2 years starting in October of 2012 at the Quilters of South Carolina fall retreat.  I took a class with Priscilla Hair which used variations of the flying geese quilt block. I wanted to use my animal print fabrics that I have collected over the past few years and a center panel of giraffes.  I got a bunch of the blocks made and played with them on my design board until May of the next year where I put together the top less the outside borders.  In 2013 I brought the top back to Quilters of SC fall retreat where I took a class with Dee Doebler called Reflections.  I again brought my animal print fabrics and worked with them to make 9 ying yang looking blocks. Then this past January I went to our guilds Beach Retreat at Camp St. Christoper and I made another 19 blocks and added these to outside of the quilt as a final border.  So here is my 2 year effort at my 2014 quilt show entry that I call "Reflections in the Wild"