Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grand Illusions Shattered

    A couple of weeks ago, I took all my Grand Illusion blocks and put them up on my design wall, all except the whole border, just a couple of pieces on the the left, as my wall was not big enough. I turned my back and walked away 6 feet, turned and looked. I had to gasp for air. It was a total whirl of motion and I could feel a migraine would start if I kept looking. The wall looked like whirring food processor blades. Although I had seen photos of the quilt on the computer, almost 88" of it was overwhelming. 
   Don't get me wrong- I love Bonnie Hunter and her work. This is not any kind of slam. This was just a chaotic, whirlwind of pieces. I took off the green and neutral checkerboard and it helped somewhat. I tried a whole lot of colors in the sashing. I asked for advice from experience quilters. I put it away.
   Later on, I will take it out, probably use yellow sashing and make two comfort quilts out of it. The checkerboard blocks I will either use in a border or on a back. I have no idea what to do with the 80 border blocks yet. I am taking the no more mystery quilt vow right now.
   I did learn some precision piecing and assembly. If the quilt was smaller, I would feel better about not wasting fabric.
Yikes, it is coming to get me!
Maybe all yellow borders, leave/leave out the blue cornerstones?


Dre in PA said...

Oh that would do it alright, along with the carpet at Pittsburgh airport, and some men's pinstripe shirtings when viewed on tv.
Maybe there is someone in your quilt guild who will trade skills or blocks with you- I'll quilt yours if you piece mine?
If you go all the way to black does it quiet it some? The yellow seems to dull it down too much.
Sorry to hear it.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Actually the white of your design wall looks good with it as sashing and with the blue cornerstones.

Elizabeth said...

What if you put the blocks on point?

Linda Swanekamp said...

The blocks are in a box and will be there for awhile. I don't know how much more fabric to invest in this finish. Something needs to calm down the blades in the block so they don't keep vibrating.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Have you tried using black as the sashing? That might calm it down a bit - ;))

dq said...


I had similar feelings when I saw the reveal. It is just too busy especially for a mystery. I did enjoy making it and following the clues.

I decided that if I did not finish it right away, it would become a permanent UFO. Fortunately for me, I was behind and had not made all of the blocks before the reveal. I quickly redesigned and found something that I like.

One more thing, I refuse to use my favorite fabrics on any mystery. I used stuff I liked but didn't love all from my stash. I put things together that I otherwise never would have. I am pleased with the result.

I wish you the same.

QuilterBee said...

I love your title...Grand Illusions Shattered LOL!! Mine is still hiding in the corner where I hid it so it doesn't scare my other quotes away! Did you ever finish yours? I loved working on it during the holidays bc I needed a diversion. But's hideous :)