Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Week at the Cabin

It's been a very peaceful week in the cabin in the woods.  I've caught up on the parts to Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt - Grand Illusion.  Here is a picture of the stacks of Clue #4, forty blocks in each stack:

This is the first quilt I've made, other than a baby quilt, that is going to be gifted as soon as it is finished.  It's going to our son and his wife, pictured here on their wedding day at the Grand Hotel:

The next clue of Grand Illusion comes out on Friday, and the mystery deepens as the clues continue.  I like all the parts so far.  Here is today's link-up at Bonnie's blog, if you want to see what colors are being used by all the other quilters making Grand Illusion.  (Here)  It's fun to be part of a community of quilters working on the same pattern.

Also this week, I put another round on the the quilt I was working on in November.  See my post:  (Here).  It's called Hearts and Apron Strings, and there is only one more border after this one.  Here are some pictures of it on a bed, which is a substitute for a design wall here at the cabin:

I forget what this border block is called, but I just think of it as the "T-shirt" block.  This quilt is a partially completed quilt that I inherited from a friend, and the T-shirt blocks were an issue in the original quilt.  They didn't want to fit together.  But now they are happily attached to the main quilt, and I'm looking forward to the final border on this one.  Here's a picture of what the quilt will look like when completed:

It's designed by Sharon Schamber and the directions came out in Quilter's Newsletter magazine ten years ago.  I'm sure the outer fan border will give me some practice on finishing a quilt with curved edges.  Biased binding will be used, for sure, when it's time for that.

Today is the last Monday before Christmas, and I am so looking forward to being with family this week!  I'm linking up with the Patchwork Times blog post, Design Wall Monday, (Here) to see what other quilters are working on this busy week.

I close with Tiny Tim's Christmas wish, God bless us, every one!


Cathy said...

I love both of these! Your Grand Illusion fabrics are gorgeous and I adore that 1930's quilt. Love!!

Anonymous said...

I love that you are gifting our Grand Illusion MQ to your son and his wife! I think you need to include all of Bonnies clues with it, so they can "follow along" with her story!! Your hearts & aprons is just beautiful.

TLC said...

Enjoy your cabin time Judy. I always call the "T" block in the border "T" is for Tracy. :)
I too enjoyed having the blocks from clue one completed for quick work on clue four as we get into the heart of the holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Podunk Pretties said...

Great looking Hearts and Apron Strings! It's been on my list for quite awhile. For now I just enjoy watching your progress.

Julierose said...

What a lovely quilt! I like the choices of fabrics--very restful...hugs, Julierose

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Is this Bonnie's? I remember when she was making hers and I was just so wowed by the pattern. Except when I saw the instructions I was underwhelmed and puzzled :) I bartered my 301 for 30's prints, there will be another cheerful quilt in my future!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh, I remember reading a comment on Bonnie's web site that the quilt would be gifted to a couple who were married there with red subbed for the pink. Apparently the geraniums were red ones that year. Looks great!