Bonnie Hunter, at Quiltville, revealed her layout for the mystery quilt, Grand Illusion. I love the shimmery effect, it makes me think of crystals and snowflakes. I only had time to put a couple blocks together.
Here is the basic center with three of the weekly clues:
I was going for a scrappy look, but I had a larger piece of the checkerboard pink print, so that will show up most often!
And then we added one more unit for sashings with some solid cornerstones. TA-DA!
I had a few spare moments to work on Grand Illusion over the past couple weeks, and now I have at least 10 units for each clue.
This has been a fun project and Bonnie Hunter has written excellent instructions. Visit her blog, and click on the TAB in the menu for the Grand Illusion mystery quilt. I was tempted by Celtic Solstice last year, and now I have to wait for the pattern to be releases. The lesson is to print the pattern while it is free!
So here are more progress photos. Clue #2 was the diamond unit. I chose to cut half square triangles and diamonds rather than rectangles. My accuracy improved a great deal when I laid the triangle on top to sew.
A finished clue 2 unit:
Clue 3 is a checkerboard which I made from strip sets.
Another tip…keep the instructions handy! I read through them on my iPad, and usually sketch the layout so I have a hard copy next to the sewing machine. But, I was in a hurry and ended up putting things together wrong. Oh well, that’s why we have seam rippers. I was also challenged to keep this unit scrappy. Somehow, I kept getting like fabrics next to each other. So the few truly scrappy units, with 8 different fabrics, really make me happy! (I say the FEW units, because I was tired of ripping and I am willing to accept minor imperfections)
Clue #4 was more broken dishes units. I am really liking the Easy Angle ruler for making half square triangles.
Here is another view of the clue 3 and 4 units: