Have you noticed the “button” in the right column of my blog? The one with the red geranium on a black field? The one that says “Grand Illusion Quiltville’s Winter Mystery 2014?”
If you click the button, you will travel to the “Grand Illusion” blog post of links for the clues on quiltville.com, the blog of Bonnie Hunter, the queen of scrap quilts. Each year she designs a mystery quilt and gives clues once a week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. She chose colors for the 2014 mystery from the decor of the Grand Hotel on Makinac Island, Michigan. If you would like to make the quilt, print the clues prior to June 2015 when the quilt will be retired from the blog.
I chose muted tones of Bonnie’s suggested palette, bending pink to red and wine and bending yellow to gold. For my “green,” I chose one multi-colored print instead of many bright greens. My bad, this did not work well for my quilt. The print ended up being used solely in the pieced sashing and did not show off my patchwork blocks well. You can see the sample of four blocks with the pieced sashing here.
I decided on a different layout and used muted teal print (thank you, Denyse Schmidt) for sashing. I rotated the pieced border blocks to simulate red Prairie Points. And I added a black-on-black for the outer border.
The pantograph is “Happy Times” by Lorien Quilting. The gold Magnifico thread blends well with the scrappy blocks and adds interest to the outer border.
When adding the black Kona cotton binding, I positioned by Ott lamp for better visibility as shown in the photo below.
What an awesome quilt . . . even if I didn’t follow the instructions 100% correctly. I’m glad I participated in the mystery even though the clues were published during a very busy season. The time spent working on Bonnie’s mystery is a gift I give myself for Christmas! I wonder what Bonnie will dream up for us in 2015.
How about you? Is your “Grand Illusion” finished or still a work in progress?