Linking up with Bonnie to show my progress and to give her a great big "Thank You!" for sharing her wonderful quilt design talents with all of us. A special welcome to everyone who is visiting Quilt Awhile through her link. It's so nice to have you stop by!
The only way I've been able to keep up with Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt is that I'm making a half-size version. My thanks to Beth and Karen for their comments and helping me decide to go with the original pattern. They saved me a lot of ripping out for the changes I was considering. I forged ahead and tonight the borders went on! Here's what it looks like so far:
|Half Grand Illusion 60" x 75"|
Another problem I had is a quilter's natural tendency to never put two pieces the same color together. I found this out when I was piecing the border, and did I ever do a lot of ripping! Evidently my brain just didn't want those yellows to go together, and I repeatedly would flip one section the wrong way. Did you have any sections that looked like this?
Hmmm, what was stopping me? So I took a deep breath and sliced a generous 1/2 inch off each end. Crazy? Maybe. It made for an interesting look at the corners, but it works for me!
|Funky corners, but I think I like them!|
I'm considering adding another plain border to finish it off. Maybe 5 inches of a nice green print. I'll have to see what I can find in my stash. I know I have greens leftover from Celtic Solstice!
I had just enough red to put a 2.5 inch red border around the whole quilt and call it done! I was a little surprised to see the scalloped border look it gave the quilt. (Sorry about the colors, the flash wouldn't go off and it's a cloudy day...but you get the idea.)