Since I don't have enough black and white fabric to go to Grand Illusion Mystery I found some ways 

I would love to share it with you here.

I used looms to make some ties over plain  black fabric , then I dipped

 it in bleach and it looks like this

The fabric covered with looms never changed and remained black 

After removing the looms and rinsing it in water it looked like

Flowers and sun

Another way is when I drew instantly on the fabric using brushes in different sizes 

What I realized the bleach left the blacks with ( reddish ) spots but not white instead of  pure white .

Jellyfish  was  very obvious 

Hearts and circles 

But some fabric was too soft to stand the  bleach. LOL

Any way it was fun to finish clue No 4  Grand Illusion Mystery

Here are some of my blocks 



  1. that is some adventure you took with the bleach resist!! How many times did you wash it before you cut it up for the quilt?

  2. Wow! I love that you created your own original black prints. What lovely fabrics! I had heard that dishwasher soap (just for dishwashers and not hand-dishwashing) can also be used. However, I tried stamping it on with a leaf stamp, but I didn't think it worked too well. Maybe it needed to be left a lot longer before I rinsed it out. It's worth a try to get something different. Thanks for showing us the process and trying to get us to do new things with fabric.

  3. Your units look perfect! I'm glad that you didn't have enough blacks for the scrappy look; that way, you had to improvise. The bleaching made a much better looking quilt. I have tried using a name brand dishwasher soap (the kind that goes in dishwashers and not the kind used for hand-washing dishes). I brushed some on a foam stamp and stamped away and a black/dark brown mottled print. If I had left the soap in a little longer, I would have been pleased, but since I rinsed too early I got just a faint image. I'm really going to try regular bleach. I wonder how the fabrics hold up over time. You were very creative and your units show it!

  4. What a wonderful way to get variety! Kudos to you!

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  6. Lovely blocks! And very creative use of bleach!

  7. What a neat idea. Fabric patterns created by you makes your quilt even more unique.

  8. Wow! You did a wonderful job. Tie-dye is one of the things I want to try some day.
    I love your colors and work. Cannot wait to see the finished top.

  9. to Kathy:I washed it once before cutting it.


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