Monday, December 22, 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. 

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"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I woke up this morning to find there was a surprise revealing of the Celtic solstice mystery quilt.  I have not  had time to sew today  but I did manage to sneak up to my studio for a few minutes and lay out some blocks. I think it will be gorgeous.
here the rows have been assembled in one direction and now have to be joined going across and then on the the borders.  I am making progress!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Clue #5 mystery quilt.

Here are my work in process blocks for clue #5
This has been a very busy week, but I am finding  little bits of time to work on my  clues between the grandkids naps and bedtime.