Grand Illusion Mystery – Part 1

I am so excited that Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery has finally begun!  I’ve had my fabrics ready for weeks and weeks:

FabricsIn part 1 – we get to make pink and aqua half square triangles – lots and lots and lots of them!  A grand total of 280 2 inch (finished) HSTs!  Oh my!

Everyone has a favorite method for half square triangles – when I have this many to make I like using Star Singles:

Star-SinglesWith these you cut your fabric according to the package, place right sides together, with the dark fabric on the bottom, place the star single paper on top and pin.  Sew along the dotted line.

Sew-on-the-dotted-lineThis goes very quickly since there are no stops and starts.  When done sewing, cut on the solid lines:

cut-on-the-solid-linesYou’ll end up with 8 triangles.  Leave the paper on and press toward the dark, or on this case, the aqua fabric:

Press-toward-the-aquaLeave-paper-on-while-you-prLeaving the paper on reduces the chance of stretching or warping the fabric when you press.  Now, my biggest hint with this technique.  To remove the paper easily, hold the square in your left hand with your thumb nail pressing on the stitching line, tear off the paper with your right hand.  It will zip right off!

tear-paper-offTrim your dog ears, and in almost no time, you have 8 perfect half square triangles.  Yesterday afternoon I spent about 3 hours and made 144 of these cuties – I’m more than half way done!

144-HSTsIn part one of the Grand Illusion Mystery, we are also to take 200 of these HSTs and combine them with black and yellow squares to make 100 Broken Dish units.  Here are my black and yellow squares:

stacks-of-black-and-yellow-And here is my first Broken Dish unit:

One-Broken-DishOnly 99 to go!  (JSS’ers – do any of you recognize the turquoise fabric in the upper left?)

The sheer volume of piecing for this mystery overwhelms some people.  But I just want to get some done each week, keep organized on what is done and not done from each clue, share some tips and tricks on my blog and enjoy the process!  I know this is a hectic time of year, so I refuse to feel like I have to get everything done every week.  Lets consider this a haven of creativity away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

So, this is just part 1 – anyone else out there want to join me?  Check out the Grand Illusion Mystery page for more details.

And check Bonnie’s Monday Morning Link Up for other blog about the Grand Illusion Mystery!  Fun!

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4 thoughts on “Grand Illusion Mystery – Part 1

  1. I am working on it, also. I will probably not be able to keep up but I will learn the technique and WILL finish it! Maybe at retreat. 🙂

  2. Cookie,
    LOVE your fabric choices! The best line is:
    “Let’s consider this a haven of creativity
    away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays!”

    I know quilting does this for me!
    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Quilting!

  3. Cookie – you are such an inspiration to me! I just might download the directions for the mystery! Love your color chocies!! Inch by inch, it’s a cinch, right?!

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