Monday, January 5, 2015

Barb's Grand Illusion

I've been waiting to begin Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery quilt, Grand Illusion, which you can see here if you've not heard of it yet.  Grand Illusion  Here's a photo of her completed quilt:


She clarified that the colors in this quilt are more vibrant than in the photo which was taken in bright sunlight, but I think it's just lovely.

I've done several of Bonnie's mystery quilts as well as other patterns of hers and I've never been disappointed in the results, so when I learn that she's doing a new mystery quilt, of course, I have to participate!

Bonnie chose bright greens, pinks, turquoise and yellow along with black and neutrals. These are the colors she saw everywhere at the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, MI when she did a quilting workshop there last spring.  I love the colors and ordinarily would have used them, but I have a collection of Civil War repros and decided to use these fabrics instead.  I need to make a less bright quilt for myself as I have several bright ones already.  So I picked out the fabrics from my stash, bought one or two additional ones from the shop, set them all out and was ready to go when the first step was announced, back at Thanksgiving time.

And that's as far as I got!  The fabrics are still set out, ready for me to cut, and waiting--no, they're crying out for me to come and play with them! I love doing mystery quilts and I really want to do this one, but when will it happen?  I guess that's the mystery right there!  Ha! And the Grand Illusion is that I'll actually work on the quilt as the mystery is revealed--I'd love for that to happen one day!  

Well, since Bonnie gives us a mystery quilt every year, I should simply plan that I will clear my calendar during this time and do nothing but work on the mystery quilt.  Should we call that a 2015 resolution?  I'll put that on the list I'm posting in my sewing room, and we'll see! 


  1. Gran Illusion is lovely, hope you are able to keep your resolution and get yours completed. Look forward to seeing it.

  2. It's hard to keep up with Bonnie since the last few steps happen over Christmas.