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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Finally I have a quilt top.

At long last, after much thought and umming and aahing, I have finally put together my blocks for Grand Illusion. For those of you who were wondering what I was going to do with the larger green/neutral 4-patch blocks - well I did use them.

As you can see from here I put them in the centre of the main block and then cut down a number of them and used these as the cornerstone blocks in the sashing.

These are the blocks up on my design wall (without any sashing).
It looks quite different from the original that Bonnie Hunter designed, but I am happy with it.  Although I do have a lot of blocks left over - but these will not be wasted - they will be sewn together, somewhat a little different again and given to my local Monday night group - Regent St Stitchers - for their charity quilts that go the local hospital.  I think the bright clear colours of the quilt will be loved by one of the older children.

And here we have the top with the sashing - as you can see the green/neutral as the corner stones.  I chose the same blue as in the blocks - had plenty of that particular piece of material.  Then I put a dark mottled grey as the framing border.  Not sure if I want to go further - I think it needs more borders, perhaps a wider one.  What do you all think?  I don't have quite enough of the green/neutral blocks,but could still make more., or I could add some of the other blocks that have been left out as I haven't made it as big.  That is the corner blocks with the yellow/dark blue - there could be enough to go around.  If not I will make some more.


Linda said...

I love what you did with your GI. It's gorgeous. Love the blue sashing.

Frances Leate said...

The sashing really works well with these striking blocks. Great quilt top. Take care.

jacaranda said...

Looks brilliant, love your colours and the sashing is great, works well.

Vireya said...

Looks good to me so far! I think another border with the corner pieces would be nice, but it depends what bits you have or what fabric you have left. I'll look forward to seeing what you decide.

Nann said...

I was skeptical of Grand Illusion. I made it according to Bonnie's colorway and it was too busy for me (and I like 'noisy' quilts). But I have revised my opinion after seeing so many interpretations. The design works wonderfully in many colorways and with a variety of settings and sashings.

Radka said...

I see that you have enjoyed hapazone ☺, it is very interesting technique. If you look for "hapazone" under "my labels" on my blog, you can see my results. Is is fun, isn't it?