Vireya made her Grand Illusion using metric measurements and bright fabrics with high contrast. Side by side my top and hers look the same but different.
Love the 3D look in Vireya’s border.
2796 pieces make up the full size Grand Illusion top. The units from clues 1 , 2 and 5 become the blocks. Chain piecing ensured the units were in the right spot with the correct orientation. I laid out all 25 blocks before any assembly to make sure there was an even distribution of the scraps. Every surface horizontal and vertical in my sewing room was needed for this exercise.
Once the blocks were together they could fit on my wall for final placement decisions.
Sashings and green cornerstones added. This took a little longer than expected as I was missing 20 sashing units. These had to be made up from leftovers.
My sewing table was a bit in the way on the right – it is a big quilt.
Rows stacked ready for chaining. Bobbin is full so all systems go for the finish.
After testing a lot of options I’ve decided on bright green cornerstones to complete my layout for the mystery quilt. It is to be full size 9 x 9 blocks which will show the pattern better, but is not yet sewn together.
It is really interesting to see how the hundreds of versions of this busy pattern look even those who kept to Bonnie’s colours are all different. View them here I thought mine needed something strong in the secondary shapes because it is so scrappy.