Monday, October 13, 2014

Shopping the stash for Grand Illusion.

Nothing like a day off from work. I plan to shop the stash and audition some fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's winter mystery. In the meantime it's a cool misty morning, and a great day to stroll the garden with a up of coffee, looking for inspiration. These  Sassafras leaves caught my eye. The Sassafras tree has tree types of leaves on each tree. Doesn't it make you want to dig out your fabrics with fall colors?
Reds to deep purple

Orange, brown and reds

All three shapes.

One day - I hope to make a Sassafras wall hanging.

Enough walking, time to pick fabric.  I am auditioning fabrics for Bonnie Hunter's winter mystery Grand Illusion. Check out the link on this blog for the full details.

Bonnie's colors are very vibrant. They are beautiful. I am not sure I'm going to use all of them.  Here are the fabrics I am auditioning. Bonnie is using an aqua. This is my version. You can see that there is a little green in this fabric. It hard to tell, but the darker spots are purple.
Inspiration Fabric.

Taking a  clue from the fabric, I am putting aside the pink and using purple. My green is a little lighter than the fabric, so I may need to search a little more. I also have a good candidate on the way in an order from FabricShack.

Pulling out purple and green.

I am not using black. I think black would be too harsh. I have order a beautiful espresso colored fabric. Hopefully it will look as good as I think.  I also needed to order the yellow/gold as I did not have enough of any one fabric to keep it as a constant.

On to the neutrals!  I have a thing for fabrics with leaves. The fabric with the leaves is a little darker than my other neutrals, so may not give enough contrast for the greens and gold. For now I'm hanging on it it. I have enough to make it a constant in the quilt.


So now all there is to do is sit and wait, and wait, and wait...for my fabric order to come, and the sewing to begin. I'm sure to take my fabrics in and out of the bin many times as I made the final decision on fabric. It's not like I don't have other projects. However the fabric inspector is still inspecting the quilt I need to finish binding. Perhaps when his majesty awakes I can complete the last two sides.

Can't you see I'm trying to rest?


  1. The fabrics are beautiful but ot quite as gorgeous as that cat. Also, liked the sassafras leaves.