Sunday, December 28, 2014

Playing Catch-Up w/Grand Illusion...w/Updates!

With our Family Christmas celebration winding down, dinners cooked and dishes mostly done ;-), got to steal away for a few hours and feed my quilting soul:

Christmas present from my youngest son and his bride...Thank YOU Brandon & Emily!

Playing catch-up on Bonnie K. Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt - just finished up Part II and almost finished w/Part V!

All Double Diamonds completed and ready for final pressing
Part V in the works:

Turquoise & yellow four patches completed
UPDATE 12/31/2014 - Finished up ALL the four patches, complete w/pressing:

Pink and aqua w/yellow/black four patches finished up!

Half-way through creating the HSTs of Part IV:

HSTs ready for their 'side dressing' pieces
And of course the 'left-overs' from Part I are now ready to come out of hiding and join the FUN:

Turquoise & pink HSTs from Part I
Haven't done a thing w/Part III yet, saving it for last.  Hoping to catch-up by tomorrow morning's link-up...looks like I'd better get back to it!

~Deb see what EVERYONE else has been up to with this Grand Illusion, follow these direct weblinks for each Part of the Mystery:

Part I -
Part II -
Part III -
Part IV -
Part V  -

Big Reveal of the New Year -

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day FUN - just for You!

We like this one soooo much, brought back just for You:

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Miracle the World has NEVER Forgotten...

Over a thousand people spent 10,000+ hours making this very special Christmas video and song just for You:

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Part II of Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Underway...

Another late start w/Part II of Bonnie K. Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, but I'm gettin' there...just in time, too since Part III will be out bright and early tomorrow morning!

Chain piecing those diamonds
I chose Option #3 to construct my diamonds and I LOVE the tip Bonnie gave about sewing just a touch to the 'inside' of the drawn line, rather than right on that line - works great!

Set my needle just to the 'inside' of that stitching line - what a great Bonnie tip!
And here's one of my first finished diamonds:

First finished black/neutral/pink diamond - just a 'few' more to go!
There's no time to waste - time to get back to it...I'll post updates as they become available.


PS...To see and enjoy what EVERYONE else is doing w/Grand Illusion Mystery quilt Part II, Please follow this direct link:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Grand Illusion Quiltville Mystery Part I - Let the Mystery Begin! w/Updates

Grand Illusion

After a rather slooow start due to a fast-paced cold/flu over the past few days, got to gather my Grand Illusion Mystery fabrics for Bonnie K. Hunter's annual mystery quilt ALL us quilt-maniacs, myself certainly included, look forward to each year.  And I think these batiks will work well, don't you?:

Grand Illusion Mystery quilt fabrics
Once again, decided to use the SNS system to create my half-square triangles:

First two sides sewn to the center block

Sewing on the final 2 sides

All pressed and ready to be trimmed

Time to trim up those sides

4 half-square triangles ready to be sewn into blocks

Just 200+ to go!  Actually - I have all of the SNS units sewn and almost half of them cut.  I'll post an update when I get them all assembled w/black & yellow squares, which I do have all cut out ready to go.

UPDATE 12/2/2014:  Part I Finish...Yippee!

Got ALL the SNS HSTs trimmed and cut:

ALL Part I HSTs cut and ready to assemble

Whipped out the ol' Bernina 1090 to finish piecing - LOVE the sound of this quilting workhorse, and just look what we were able to finish up together:

Chain piecing the broken dish units
They look like pretty butterflies to me ;-)

Tah Dah!

Part I of Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt ALL finished up!

Like I always say...time to get back to it ;-)


PS...To see and enjoy what EVERYONE else is doing w/Grand Illusion Mystery quilt Part I, Please follow this direct link: