A View of My Quilt Life

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Grand Illusion Sandwich

I FINALLY got a chance to turn my Grand Illusion quilt top into a sandwich.  Grand Illusion was the 2014 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  My top was finished back in January but since it measures 80 inches square, layering was delayed.  Until I was able to lay it out on the Michigan house tile floor. 

Oh, I had brought it up a time or two but once neglected to grab the backing and the other time, I only had a smaller batting with me. DUH!!

The planets and stars finally aligned, the backing was pieced and laid out. The backing was little out of square and might be a little short (I'll deal with that later).

This is the wrong side - the right side is bright green & yellow.
The pieced section is made from the border units I chose not to add to the front.
And the top was positioned and the pinning started.  I pinned and pinned and pinned. I had help from Drake. And then I ran out of pins... WHAT?!! 


I couldn't run to the store - it was rather late in the evening and the nearest store, that *might* have the curved pins and be open, was twenty minutes away. No way I would be able to run there, grab the pins (if they had them), drive back and then finish the pinning. I couldn't move the quilt.  I could barely keep Drake from walking all over it.

The next day, the pins were secured, the sandwiching complete and the quilt moved to a much safer place off the floor.  Next up is the machine quilting on it - it needs to be done before the 2015 Mystery Quilt begins on Black Friday. You'll be seeing my progress on it over the next month or so.


3 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Mine is at the longarm quilters, too big for me to handle, cant wait to get it back!

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  2. All pinned together! Hooray!
    I like the way you used the border units - they make an interesting pattern on the back. Hope the quilting goes smoothly and you can meet your deadline.

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