Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday - Grand Illusion Blocks

Grand Illusion blocks are on the design wall! There is one test block on the wall that has a green centre which I plan to change so it matches all the other blocks.I made half of the blocks for this mystery quilt. Although I also made half of the suggested number of sashing blocks, I decided I don't like the sashing in between. So I'm just going to go ahead and sew these together. 
The sashing blocks will then either become one of the borders, or they might become part of the backing.
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30 comments:

julieQ said...

I too like the quilt better without the sashing...yours is so pretty!

beaquilter said...

blocks look great, but I agree it was the sashing that threw the whole thing off and why people don't like theirs (the ones that kept the color choices) how about you do a plain sashing?

Ramona said...

Your mystery quilt is beautiful! I like it without the sashing, too. Nicely done!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I much prefer the quilt without the sashing. Yours is gorgeous!

Libby in TN said...

I agree with everyone about the sashing -- the end result just looks like confetti scattered about. The block, itself, is not bad and those I've seen with plain sashing look nice. But I also like the look of yours with no sashing. I am so glad I didn't get very far on the sashing clue!

dq said...

Great layout. I am omitting the sashing as well and using it for a border. I just have not yet decided how to lay it out. I really like yours though.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Excellent decision ..... Joe Tulips sashed hers with a calm neutral and it worked well. Your layout sans any sashing is also great .... Much better than the final reveal's look.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh I like your version better than the other photos I have seen in blogland.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

I really like how you've put your Grand Illusion together. I must admit that I fizzled at the end. I'm not sure what it was about the quilt but I just haven't felt like finishing it up.

Sue Daurio said...

Oh nice, what a completely different look with out the sashing. I like it!!

Scrappy quilter said...

I really like how it turned out the way you've done it.

Nann said...

It's so interesting to see the many ways this block has been set. The design is more versatile than I first thought.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I read a lot of blogs where people made this quilt top and ended up hating it, said it was the first mystery by Bonnie they didn't like and I must admit even though I didn't make it I was glad I hadn't as I didn't like it either - I much prefer your version without the sashing!!

Missy Shay said...

I like how your quilt turned out!

Chris said...

I love your top. It is not as busy as some that I have seen. I like it without the border.

karen said...

Beautiful! I love it sans checkerboard sashing.

Mary said...

I like the secondary pattern made by putting this one together withou the sashings. Good idea to use those in your border. I've considered the same idea. Still stitching the last 13 blocks I had stacked up last Monday.

Michelle said...

Very pretty! They look good just like that without sashing!

swooze said...

Are you going to lay your 4 patches randomly?

How big is the quilt center in this layout?

Linda said...

I agree with so many others about this years mystery. I'm glad I hadn't started it after seeing the reveal. Didn't like it at all. But I LOVE yours! Perfect fabric choices.

Deanna W said...

This is what I am working on today also!!Hoping to have a finished top by days end!!!

Rebecca in AK said...

It looks great the way you have it laid out. Very pretty colors too.

A Nudge said...

This is going to be so interesting seeing all the variations of this quilt. I like the way you laid it out.

Jennie in GA said...

I like your version!

Andee said...

As long as you are happy with it, that is all that matters!

Jeanna said...

Very nice blocks Kathy. The grand illusion is that top looks like it is already pieced together!

This is going to be a very pretty quilt.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I really like the look of your mystery quilt without the sashings! Cool!

CathieJ said...

That quilt is so pretty. I love the color combination.

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

I felt the same about the original sashing but decided to use white tone on tone for the sashing. I may use the original blocks as a border or in the back, or maybe another project. I like the way your version is coming along.

Kate said...

Great idea. The blocks look so much tamer without the busy sashing. Beautifully done.