Thursday, January 1, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery, Part 3

Hi all -

Sorry for the disappearance. I went to Kansas City for my sister's wedding and to celebrate Christmas, and I just didn't have time to post anything. I'll post some pictures of my sister's wedding later, but right now I need to get a blog post together for the Bonnie Hunter link-up.

But first, I have to share some cute Christmas pictures. One of the best parts of Christmas is being able to humiliate Lance. This year, I got him a cute elf hat to wear. Can you tell how much he loves it????

My Cute Little Elf
And here he is, posing with his cousins:

Lance wth Vada, Brutus and Winnie
Lance had a little more patience with the cameras than the others did....

And now on to the Grand Illusion quilt. I wasn't able to do any sewing while I was in Kansas City, so I've just started back on it this week. Whew, I've got a lot to do to catch up! But I'm plugging away and will, hopefully, finish it soon. I did get part 2 finished. Here are the blocks, laid out nicely on the kitchen floor:

Part 2 Blocks
I used the sew-and-flip method for making these blocks, so I also have a bunch of bonus blocks to use either in this quilt or in another:

Bonus Blocks
These will be fun to use at some point!

I've also started on part 3. I'm a glutton for punishment, so when I do a scrap quilt I don't do any strip piecing. I like to have the maximum scrappiness possible, so I cut each square individually and keep mixing up the fabrics as I sew the pieces together. Well, there are a lot of pieces for these blocks! But I have all of the cutting done (if I counted right) and am making some progress on the blocks. Here's what I have so far:

I hope to have these blocks done tomorrow, but the link-up deadline is today so I'm posting my current progress.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!



  1. Your units look great! I just made the link up too. I was busy sewing and lost track of time. Your dog and his cousins are adorable. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks! It really is a beautiful quilt and I can't wait to see all of the finished versions!

  2. I love how the Grand Illusion is turning out! Looks great. Love the part 3 greens too - are they for the same quilt? Poor little elf Lance - so adorable!! I love how the elf ears look like his real ears!

    1. Thanks! Yep, it's all the same quilt. The colors are pink, aqua, green, yellow, black and neutrals. The finished quilt has been revealed and you can see it at

      Is it bad that it just doesn't seem like Christmas to me without a humiliating headdress for lance?