Sunday, December 28, 2014

Grand Illusion Progress

As you could see from my previous post, I am hooked on Bonnie Hunter Mysteries.  (Actually I like mystery quilts, period.)  I haven't had a lot of time to work on each step yet, but I have made some units each week so when the reveal comes, I'll be able to lay out what I have to see how it's going to look.  Here's a look at my journey so far...
My fabric choices

Of course, I've added several since this picture was taken.  Plus the gold.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

This last step is the only one complete.  Looking forward to Friday and the next clue.

While still on the subject of Bonnie Hunter quilts, I participated in the leaders/enders project a couple years ago when she was doing the 3 1/2" spool blocks.  I kitted up the units from scraps I had left over from all the quilts I had made since I began quilting in 2005.  I made 480 spool blocks over an 18 month to 2 year period.  Then put the blocks together in my Scrappy Spools quilt.  I had to use the cheddar as my sashing and border in true Bonnie style.
Isn't it great?!?!?  It was quilted by Betty Lewis, Louisville, MS.

Scrappy Spools
(Picture by Terry Turnage)


  1. I love your spool quilt! I enjoyed watching you work on it. I'm trying to catch up with you on the Grand Illusion Mystery...

  2. I have about half if step 2....but hope to work a few evenings on it. I am meeting Starkville girls at Grand Oak jan. 5th. So hope to get more done there. Loved your leaders and enders
    I have one in red cream that I began piecing in South Africa. Still one of my favorites.

  3. I love seeing your progress on the Grand Illusion. You are way further along than me. Maybe I can work on mine at our Heatwole sewing retreat in February. And I'm still thinking I need to get a leader/ender project started.

  4. Great job on your progress so far! I'm a little behind due to being sick since Christmas Eve, but today is starting out good for some sewing! ☆

  5. Your spool quilt is gorgeous! your units look great too..

  6. Nice to see all steps in your great colors!

  7. Love the scrappy spools. Just gorgeous!