Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt

My friend, Heather, has talked me into doing Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt project. I have never done a mystery quilt before so this is all new to me.

This project starts off with a set of Valspar paint chips from Lowe's that Bonnie has specified along with a list of yardage needed. Then you start gathering your fabrics. You also need a variety of black and neutral fabrics.

Paint Chips
From what I understand of Bonnie's work (and it is extensive!), she likes scrappy quilts. The Grand Illusion quilt can be done with a single piece of fabric in each color (yellow, pink, green and aqua) or scrappy in those colors. I am going with more of a scrappy style for my mystery quilt.

It has been fun going through my stash looking for fabrics. I found a few but my stash is fairly small so I have had to go shopping. Oh, how terrible! Shop for fabrics! The agony. LOL.

The yellow is the one constant fabric used through the quilt and I have a fabric selected from my local quilt shop. I will pick it up later this week. I'm fortunate in that my travels for work gives me access to many more shops to look for fabric. Last week, I was able to visit five different stores and I was able to find a few pieces in each one. Plus Heather and I went to a quilt show in Spokane last Sunday and I found a few fat quarters there. 

My fabrics for the the Mystery Quilt
Heather and I decided we would give each other a piece of fabric that we would share in our quilts. This is the fabric I am sharing with her.

Moda fabric

The first clue is released on Friday, November 28th. I can't wait to get started!

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