It's no secret that I love Bonnie Hunter's quilts. I've made several quilts from her books - and in the case of Sand Castles I'm almost done with my second one - and have participated in her mystery quilts for the last several years. She's inspired me to work with color combinations I never would have tried on my own.
But when she first announced her mystery quilt last fall, I looked at the fabric requirements and thought "wow, that's a lot of gray."
And as we stitched various components each week, I again thought "wow, that's a lot of gray."
And when she did the big reveal earlier this month my first thought was "wow, that's a lot of gray."
Now I had my doubts going in. Gray isn't a color I like to work with, even though people assure me that it makes colors pop. I'll admit that dark charcoal grays function that way, but they're essentially black which really does bring out the color. Maybe it's just the way my eyes/brain perceive color, but for me gray just leaches all the life out of any color near it.
I assembled the first block to see how it would look. I really love this block.
And again, I really really love this block. As a matter of fact, I can foresee making a happy scrappy version of these blocks for a whole quilt. (But not today. Too much to do today already.)
Side by side.
Given the fact that I didn't dislike the gray, and I already had enough components ready to make 12 blocks, I went ahead and started assembling.
I had only made four of the sashing strips that Bonnie had set us onto, because I'd had a bad feeling about them.
It's still a good ways from being done, but I'm happy with the direction it's going. It's going to end up as a nice smiley throw.
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