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Thread: Grand Illusion - Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2014

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    Grand Illusion - Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt 2014

    It's that time of year again....in fact, it's a few days earlier than expected. Bonnie Hunter has posted her new mystery quilt introduction and fabric requirements. Since a separate thread was not yet posted, here's a place for us to talk about it and compare notes. The link to her website for the instructions is here:

    http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/gra...n-mystery.html

    Looking forward to lots of fun and sharing again this year.
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    Thanks for posting this--I think I'm going to try this one. Not yet sure about colors--I'm not much of a yellow fan. But, we have time to think and plan.
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    Thanks for starting this thread Podunk! Angelia - the yellow is more of a gold color. I don't have anything close, in fact, I only had a few fat quarters of most of the colors. I don't usually buy such bright shades.
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    I just got the color card numbers and will look for them next time I can get to a Lowes. JeanieG, you don't necessarily have to use the brightest shades. You can go with the lighter colors on the color cards.

    Yes, Bonnie has the advantage of tons of people sending her scraps all the time. The rest of us... not so much. Maybe we can set up some sort of swap of these colors? 12" squares?
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    I got the paint chips on my way home yesterday. Holy intense colors! I love the yellow: soft and buttery. The others, not so much. Then I picked out chips that are the same color, but not as bright. I will definitely have to do some shopping as I don't have those colors - bright or not - in my stash!

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    Thank you for the link. I will pick up the cards today. Will wait to buy fabric though. I am having hand surgery for terrible arthritis on Monday. Was told no sewing for three months. New fabric would be tooooo tempting. Lol

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    Wow, those brights will pop. I actually have most of the colors but the black/whites. May have to do this one.

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    Within a few of hours of receiving an email from an online quilting friend telling me that Bonnie surprised everyone by the early announcement, I was out picking up paint chips for myself and a few to mail to friends who don't live near a Lowe's. I got the paint chips in the mail to them right away. Yesterday I pulled all of the recommended colors from my stash. Now, to decide if I want to stay with those colors or change some of them out... I want to get the binding sewn on and hand-stitched down on my Celtic Solstice before Grand Illusion begins.

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    Princess: Thanks for starting this thread. Always so much fun to follow everyone's progress, especially the brave souls that choose their own color ways. All my fabric is chosen and waiting. The end of November seems like a long ways off.

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    I've never done a mystery quilt but am looking forward to this one. I love the colors, love that it was inspired by the grand hotel in Michigan.... since I live in Michigan. But I probably won't be able to keep up because of the LBB (Little Brown Bird) quilt that I'm working on. That one is intense. I'll probably print off the instructions and see how it's going before I can get dug in too far. But, I'm looking forward to seeing all your great pics as this goes along.
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    The yellow is a buttery gold but remember Bonnie does scrappy so she will have many different fabrics of the same color family in her quilt. If it looks like aqua, it goes. If it looks med to dark pink it goes. If it looks grassy green it goes. As she said black is black and neutrals are anything lighter then a brown paper bag. It's fun so don't stress over fabric. When you are done you will have a quilt top made out of your stash. Isn't that better then having the fabric stuck on a shelf or stuffed in a bin? Yes!
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    Jean: BH has said many times that even if you don't finish each step, just make a few so when the reveal comes you can make your block. I think it's a great way to participate if your time is limited.

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    I love the bright yellow, pink, green and blues but I do not like using black in quilts. I'm not sure there is a way to make this without it. Maybe a navy?? Anyone else thinking of switching out the black to something else?

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    Just picked up the colors, I love them. I haven't done one but I may have to do it this time. I love how she said, if you want a smaller quilt make half the blocks. I think it's a clue for those that don't want an 88 x 88. Perfect.

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    I'm in on this one too! I've done the last 3 mystery quilts and it was so fun watching everyone's progress and comments along the way. I haven't started pulling my fabrics yet, I'm wondering what I could use to replace the green - - - I've always followed her colors in the past, but seeing how some of the quilters have changed up the colors in the past, I've thought of trying something different too!

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    I'm betting her next Quilt Cam session will provide lots of information/clarification regarding this new mystery. It will probably be the main topic of conversation that night. She said she would be back home on the 17th and would try to fit one in when she got back so we could all talk about it. I think I'll wait to make my decision on fabric until after Quilt Cam. I went with her colors for Celtic Solstice but am thinking of changing this one up a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Podunk Princess View Post
    I'm betting her next Quilt Cam session will provide lots of information/clarification regarding this new mystery. It will probably be the main topic of conversation that night. She said she would be back home on the 17th and would try to fit one in when she got back so we could all talk about it. I think I'll wait to make my decision on fabric until after Quilt Cam. I went with her colors for Celtic Solstice but am thinking of changing this one up a bit.
    Can you tell me a little about what the "Quilt Cam" session is? I haven't followed a mystery quilt before but would like to do this one.

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    Not sure I have enough of scraps for this. I do want my quilt to be scrappy and short on funds. Would purchasing charm squares work or are these just too small to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    Can you tell me a little about what the "Quilt Cam" session is? I haven't followed a mystery quilt before but would like to do this one.
    Glad you asked, I'm in the same boat. I've done MQ's before but not with Bonnie, excited to do one with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    Can you tell me a little about what the "Quilt Cam" session is? I haven't followed a mystery quilt before but would like to do this one.
    Bonnie occasionally does a video session as she sews on her projects. It is not a class but you can work on something while she does and it's a lot of fun. here is one example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COItF4Eu81Q

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    I picked up the cards last night and what beautiful colors. I am not a pink fan. Just leaving them out for a few days to let them grow on me.

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    Quilt Cam sessions are a lot of fun to watch and participate in. Bonnie works on a project and explains what she is doing and how to do it. Even though it's not a class/lesson, you can pick up lots of tips on sewing and some of the products (i.e., rulers, scissor, lighting, etc.) that she uses in her basement studio. If you are watching it live, you can send her emails and make comments on her blog and she responds to them during the sessions. Some people send her photos of what they are working on or quilts from her patterns that they have made. I always learn something new while watching Quilt Cam. She will post the date and time on her blog at Quiltville.com so you can plan to watch it live or you can watch an archived copy of it on Goggle and/or YouTube any time afterwards. When she posts the next session date/time, I'll post it here on this thread.
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    I hope Bonnie does a Craftsy workshop!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    The yellow is a buttery gold but remember Bonnie does scrappy so she will have many different fabrics of the same color family in her quilt.
    All except the yellow... she said the yellow would be only one fabric, a "constant" in the quilt. All the other colors will be scrappy. So choose your yellow wisely!
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    I will be doing this one also. My colors have been pulled from stash but I am rather short on pinks and neutrals. Drat! I will have to go to the LQS and pass Lowes on the way.
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