Isn’t it exciting to see a quilt top come together from a random pile of fabric? Because I seem to make a lot of quilts one-block-at-a-time, I have really enjoyed the mysteries hosted by Bonnie Hunter where we prepare a batch of different units with no idea of the final design.
My last mystery with Bonnie was Easy Street, which I completed as a twin in May this past year.
Grand Illusion is a spinning firework of a block with a checkerboard border. (If you want a copy, go and download the instructions now, because they will be removed in a few months). I’ve decided I want to keep this quilt top in progression (I even bought the backing in the cyber Monday sales), so I’m going to make completing the flimsy my January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, hosted by Sew Bittersweet Designs. I’m going to aim to link up at least 10 times this year, wish me luck!
I have two blocks finished, and I’ve been using the double diamonds as leaders and enders as I construct each block, so that I have the 4 units I require for the next block. I also put out the broken dishes units which will be the border to sew into pairs. I am really happy with how my colours worked out–I used similar values and contrast to Bonnie, and am working down my Christmas fabric stash. I would never want to use the identical colour scheme however because then my quilt would look just like everyone else.
If you look closely, you may see that my seam allowance wasn’t quite scant enough in the first block, but I think I’ve got it right now. I will be making a 4×3 setting, which works out to a generous throw size, so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get back to my piecing! Have you ever made a mystery quilt, and if you did, how long did it take you to finish?