Thursday, January 01, 2015

Grand Illusion Graphics!

Happy 2015!  It’s Here!

The Reveal to Grand Illusion Mystery happened at Midnight, EST LAST NIGHT!

Are you excited about it?  I know I am.

I’m as nervous as can be hoping you will like it, going over everything just ONE MORE TIME before  the ball drops, hoping I didn’t screw up somewhere along the line.

The block was originally named Big Bang, a block I did for a previous issue of 100 blocks by 100 designers for Quiltmaker Magazine.  I loved doing this block and knew I wanted to play with it, and putting it in the mystery was the perfect way to break it down!

I think it was the sashings that threw everyone off…and I love that!  I try to keep things scrambled enough that although some will come close, not everyone will figure it out before the reveal.

And it wasn’t easy with a mystery that was deemed to be “Easier than the others we’ve done”.

I hope we succeeded!

I want to thank Forest Jane for once again doing our graphics.  Feel free to save them to your computer and use them on your blogs and social media. 

Did you know we have a ZAZZLE store for Quiltville items?  Click HERE!  Forest Jane uses all proceeds from this small store to purchase batting and backing for charity quilts, so your purchases go to a great cause.  We may all have scraps for donation quilt tops, but we also know that backings and battings can be the bigger part of the expense when making many quilts to donate.

Forest Jane, I must say is a trooper.  She sent me the graphics the night before having surgery.  She will probably add the Grand Illusion items to the zazzle store as she is recovering, so give her a chance and check back.  If she lets me know when she has them added, I will include that info in a future post!

size 150

size 200

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size 300

size 500

I want to wish each and every one of us a very happy, healthy, prosperous, quilty-filled New Year!

I’m off to teach a Bow-Dacious class at Fabric Fanatics in Plano!

Love you guys ---


  1. Bonnie first of all, Happy New Year! You have outdone yourself! This quilt fabulous and is better than Celtic Soltice ( which I LOVED) I never had a clue it would turn out this way; it's simply gorgeous! Thank you a million times over for all that you do for us.

  2. Absolutely love it...I was so sure we would have at least one more clue...you really fooled us Bonnie. Happy New Year you are the best!

  3. I will be so over joyed with this quilt, it is turning out to be totally awesome. I can not begin to thank you enough for this mystery quilt. And to be honest, i am not a scrappy quilter, yet this is the thrid scrappy quilt pattern of yours i have made, first one was Jared takes a wife, and your second one was star struck with my own twist on it, finally during the mystery quilt challenge i cut out blocks to make the 2000 block Millenium Mania quilt soon. So thank you Bonnie for all you do, your amazing.

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!!
    Happy New Year Bonnie!

  5. Yes, Bonnie, you did fool us! Since you had said this quilt was going to be easier, I thought that the green squares units were going to be the borders or the sashings. However, I couldn't imagine a quilt that was so easy to stitch would be so beautiful! This quilt is so lively and happy. Thanks so much. I'm one really happy quilter today! Happy New Year!!

  6. Incredible! Love it..and all you do Bonnie for our addiction to quilting! This was my first MQ...but definitely not the last. What a way to start the year off right!
    Love and best wishes for a wonderful 2015 ♡ p.s. Minnesota is off da cold right now!

  7. Happy New Year Miss Bonnie! You did it again and I/We knew you would. I LOVE this and can't wait to finish it! Thanks to Forest Jane for the graphics as well as I can pop these off to my Mum to get her excited.

  8. Anonymous10:32 AM EST

    Greetings from a grey,stormy
    and rain swept Ireland.
    Thank you for a happy lovely
    quilt pattern Bonnie, your the image of your Dad.
    You may get your inspiration for
    2015's mystery from your trip to
    Italy especially when you see the
    tiled floors in churches. Some
    of these floors are over 2,000
    years old. Bonnie, may you and yours and everyone enjoy a healthy
    safe and happy 2015. Sheila C

  9. WOWOW...talk about beginning the new year with a bang...you open this year with a BLAST!

    Grand Illusion is beautiful....liking your store also!

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  10. Thanks SOOO much, Bonnie! I would have looked at the Big Bang block and said "No way, too many pieces!" So glad you put it into another amazing mystery! Happy New Year to you and your family. Have fun in Texas!

  11. Happy New Year! The quilt is just beautiful! When I saw the fabric colors I wondered how they were going to balance out but it works so well, and the black is what makes it sparkle, just as you said. I'm going to try them using the orange crush pattern. I hope this year is full of joy for us all.

  12. Got home from our new year's party to discover the mystery was revealed!Must get my last clue sewn up and the top put together. Will send a pic when it is all done!
    Wishing you all things quilty in 2015!!

  13. For various reasons I'm behind in this quilt. (Saving clue #2 for last!) Now that I see the finished quilt it has given me more incentive to get it done! Never expected to get this excited over it! This is my first mystery quilt and you can bet I'll be on board for the next one! Thanks, Bonnie! It is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  14. Bonnie! I am love love loving it! Its another beautiful amazing Bonnie Hunter quilt! Thank you so much and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  15. WOW what an awesome surprise, it is gorgeous! This is my first MQ and scrappy. Your instructions were superb, I've learned new techniques and am so grateful for your generosity and sharing of your many talents. Thank you Bonnie, Your the best. Happy New Year!

  16. Happy New Year! Excited to be spending the day in my quilting 'studio' to assemble the mystery blocks!!!

  17. Thanks for the mystery, the instructions, the graphics - everything! It has been a fabulous quilt-along, and I can't wait to sew the blocks together!

  18. I'm completely surprised and delighted with this reveal! I'm going to love sewing up some blocks today while watching the Rose Parade in the background. Happy New Year to you, Bonnie! And to all my fellow Quitvillians!

  19. Absolutely beautiful. So much motion and the colors are perfect. Thank you for the fun.

    Ellen in Arkansas

  20. Happy New Year Bonnie! You've done it again (no big surprise)! The Grand Illusion mystery is a great success and a gorgeous design. Thanks for doing this for all of us! You rock!

  21. What a wonderful surprise!

    Count me as one of the folks surprised. I KNEW that those green pieces were going to be in the border. LOL.

    Thank you for so generously sharing your gift with us, Bonnie. Your time and talent mean more to many of us than we have words to say.

    Peace and Joy,

  22. Anonymous2:14 PM EST

    Bonnie, this is my friend Christi and my first mystery to do of yours as it was printed. We went with your colors based on liking your other mysteries and free patterns. You rock as a designer and this is one of your best. Two clues you let drop--the repeat picture of the geranium on each installment and the fact that geraniums come in many shades of pink had me guessing you were designing some type of floral quilt--but I would never have come up with something this good. Congratulations and thank you. Happy New Year and wishing you the best for 2015. Ivy at ivycottagequilts@hotmail.com

  23. Anonymous3:11 PM EST

    This is gorgeous, and I can't wait to get started on it ... this has and continues to be my 'get better and get going again' focus as I prepare to undergo breast cancer surgery next week ... thank you, I LOVE it!!! Rose - NZ

  24. Thank you so much for the beautiful mystery quilt. This was my first mystery quilt with you and I loved every minute of it!!

    I am thinking of using the artwork in my label to give credit where credit is due.

    Feliz Ano Nuevo! Maria

  25. Sewed several blocks before discovering I was using the border units by mistake !!!!! Now UN-sewing !!!!!
    Beautiful Mystery quilt, Bonnie !!!!
    Thank you !!!!!

  26. Bonnie,
    Thank you for the labor of love that goes into providing each mystery for us. The finished quilt is beautiful.

  27. love it. I think almost as much or more than Easy Street. I really loved that one. I am way behind but now I am going to get busy and hopefully it won't take long cuz I am excited to see the finish. Peggy.

  28. Thank you so much for all your hard work on this terrific mystery. Could you please post a picture of the back of your quilt and a closer picture of the quilting design you chose? Would really appreciate it.

  29. Hi Bonnie, I'm a newbie to your site. I don't remember how I even found you, but I sure am happy I did!
    I have every thing cut, just waiting to sew it together. I needed the holidays to be over...wish me luck.

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

  30. BEAUTIFUL! Thank You so much!

    Wishing you and yours the Happiest, Healthiest and most Blessed New Year!

  31. Anonymous7:43 AM EST

    Happy New Year Bonnie! Fabulous quilt, as expected. Can't wait to make it. ox

  32. You know, I think this Mystery Quilt is a very clever quilt design....Bonnie has managed to make a quilt that looks as though only a very experienced quilter could possible make, but whilst we all had to learn to be careful and to pay attention to basic principles........it was made from 'beginner' shapes. Very ingenious design!!!! IMO Happy New Year Bonnie from Kathryn

  33. Happy New Year, Bonnie. Thanks for another great pattern. Would it be possible to obtain graphics for previous mystery quilts? Somehow I don't have them. Perhaps they could be made available in the Zazzle store...Would love to add them to labels.

  34. Hi Bonnie wondering if you have a black and white version of the Grand Illusion Graphics that would be lovely if you did. Thank-you for all the work you do on the mystery I enjoy it very much. I have my top done but can't seem to get accepted to the facebook page to post pictures oh well I will link up on Monday .Thanks SEW MUCH


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