Friday, January 2, 2015

Baby grand

Hello 2015! Happy new year everyone! Guess what I did yesterday to welcome in what is sure to be the best year yet?

I finished a very small version of Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt! 

This is just four blocks, and the full quilt is 25, but this used up all the pieces I made as the mystery went along. I knew I couldn't do the whole big quilt at this time of year, but I wanted to play along, so I made a few of each unit. I had fun doing it, plus I ended up with an extremely festive baby quilt. This measures about 40 by 40.

I changed a few things in my quilt. The center of the star in each block is supposed to be a 4-patch, but I chose to use a solid square instead. I think it emphasizes the star better and it gives the eye a place to rest in this very busy quilt. Also, Bonnie's border is pieced, but I never made those units, so I just used up the rest of the yellow I had to make the outer border. It's not the same, but I think it works. I have just enough green left to bind the edge.

It was fun and non-stressful to make just enough to play along and I highly recommend it for the next mystery. It was also a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on New Year's Day while there was nothing else to do but watch football. Or clean, but who wants to do that?

This is all I have leftover!

That was it for this week! This weekend we may get some snow, but we will be taking down the tree and packing up the Christmas decorations. The holidays are always fun, but you still have to clean up when the party's over.

Be sure to come back Tuesday for the start of the Classic Stitches row quilt BOM. I'll be putting a new tab at the top with more information later this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy stitching!

Linking to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda Jean at crazy mom quilts.  Bonnie Hunter is also having a linkup for the Grand Illusion projects--stop by and see some seriously amazing quilts!


  1. Terrific solution and what a super baby quilt this will be!

  2. Beautiful and bright! Great start to the new year!

  3. Wow wow wow....Beautiful quilt!!!!hug Bambi

  4. Totally agree with your use of a solid center instead of a four patch. Ahhhh, you are so wise! ��

    Looking forward to beginning the row quilt. See you Tuesday!

  5. How wonderful! This is a beautiful baby quilt! I do like your solid centers and the yellow border makes the colors just pop. Happy New Year!

  6. This looks like a fine way to do a mystery quilt. It's just the right vibe for a New Year's quilt, too.

  7. I like the changes you made for the smaller quilt size. I really love the way Bonnie's shimmers, and hopefully mine will have a good effect that way, too. I don't have enough pieces finished yet to start putting any blocks together. Never intended to keep up with the pace, being Christmas time and all. :)

  8. This looks great! Your solid star centers was a great solution to tame down the pattern a bit. I also made a smaller version - with only a dozen blocks, and I love the name 'Baby Grand".

  9. Fantastic baby quilt! It will give the baby something to focus on - they like high contrast such as you have.

  10. What a great idea! I always love Bonnie's mystery quilts, but know I'd never make it through one. This is the perfect solution! Whoop whoop!!


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