The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is one place I have always wanted to visit. Bonnie used this hotel as the inspiration for her new mystery quilt. The quilt is titled Grand Illusion. I was intrigued already but then she shows us the pictures that inspired the fabric she is using and I was sold. Of course you don't have to use these colors but, I will if I can get them to play nice together.
Here are some pictures I found on the internet of the hotel.
Here are the awnings she talked about. I think I went to gold with my fabric. I love yellow so I think I will try to find a more clear yellow.
Oh my Look at that pink. I love it! I know the background is black but my monitor is reading navy. That might be pretty too.
More of the bright yellow.
What a beautiful room.
I am definitely going to go there someday. Beautiful. I can't wait to see the Grand Illusion.
I have pulled some fabric but I am not loving it yet. It need something but I'm not sure what. I am taking suggestions.
Any way if you are interested in learning more about this Mystery Quilt you can find it directly from the designer herself Bonnie Hunter Mystery.
Pretty darn exciting! Think about it World Wide and today we are in Panguitch Utah. A small town in Southern Utah close to Bryce Canyon National Park. Panguitch (you say the last part like sandwich) is a Piute Indian name for 'big fish' we have a lake above town known for its great fishing. I was tagged by Deanna at Dream worthy quilts and Quilters Garden and her sites are very cool, and full of everything quilt related. Take a look and tell me and Deanna what you think. I am not sure where all the hop has gone but I followed the back trail to some posts and it is awesome it has jumped across the Pacific several time I think.
My name is Jan Frandsen and I started blogging as way for our guild and sew group to share our work with each other. It has turned out to be so much fun and I have met (though not all in person) so many great people.
Here goes with the questions I was asked to cover.
1- What I am working on? I just finished up this broken dishes quilt I made from a class I took with Jenny Doan at Quilt Walk Festival this year. Yay! a finish. I used a layer cake called table for two and some yardage.
I am also trying to figure out the best way to square up these blocks and get them sashed for what looks like a, larger than usual for me. quilt. The blocks are 24" and there are nine of them. I didn't have enough volunteers to show them all. This is from a class I took at the winter quilt festival at Ruby's Inn Last year.
Then I am trying to decide on the backing for this one. I have a piece for it but I like it (the backing I ordered) so much I can think of several other ways to use it so, even though it was ordered for this it may go to something else. My granddaughter picked out this fabric several years ago. I hope she hasn't out grown it.
Ok, I confess this is not all I am working on. I have a binding waiting to be sewn on. I am thinking seriously about a baby quilt that is needed right away and I have many many works in progress. I try not to stress and to work on what feels right at any given time.
2- How does my work differ from others of its genre? I am not sure my work is very different from others unless you count that I have a long way to go to catch up to my friends and quilters around me.
3- Why do I write/create what I do? Well, to tell you the truth. I love love love fabric. Sometimes I think that I make quilts just so I have a reason to buy new fabric. I love the softness and the silkiness and the colors and the patterns. I just plain like fabric and I am awed by those who design and create it.
4- How does my writing/creative process work? Claudia Crump got me started on quilting when she first moved to Panguitch. I still look to what she is doing when I need a new project. Because we are a great community of quilters, I get my inspiration from blogs, our sew group and I am so inspired by our quilt guild . If you look back at my blog you will see trunk shows and show and tells galore. And then mainly I see fabric I "need" and have to find a project for it.
And now on to the "Around the World Blog Hop" I'm
tagging Shannon Fawson who blogs just across town from me at Fawson Farm. Shannon is multitalented and quilts, dyes her own wool for her wool projects and in a place like Pangutich where it is hard to grow much of a garden she can grow just about anything.
Next I am tagging Sylvia at BunchBerry Studio
who quilts and teaches classes but the thing that always makes me think of her is the beautiful knitting she does. I have followed her blog for a long time and am always amazed.
Check out their blogs next Monday for their Around the World Blog Hop posts.
I hope you had a good time here.
I will just post pictures so you can enjoy the trunk show.
Jeri said this is one of her new favorites. We actually used this pattern for our exchange blocks at Quilt Walk this year. I like the quilt too. I am thinking this will go on the list. And I know I need to
update my list.
This is where I came in in the middle of the show.fun quilt.