Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Illusion Number Two

I fell in love with my  Black + White = Illusion  quilt I made back in June.  It was a quilt I had pondered over for some time.  After finishing the first one, I was ready to put the black & white fabric away and start something not so eye crossing.  In the frenzy of moving on, I also put away my directions/measurements for the quilt.  You know, somewhere safe and secure.  It was so safe and secure that I couldn't find them!  After tearing apart my closet, looking here and there and finally giving up, it eventually turned up.  Why would I put it in the low volume tote is beyond me!  Found and secure...again!

51" x 75"



I made one little mistake during the piecing of the blocks.  Now I have a nice stack of poor little orphan blocks.  It didn't really make me mad, just slowed down the progress!

There are not any blocks with one square in them...hmmm...  


I was so excited seeing all the blocks I took this picture before realizing the mistake!  It is certainly better to catch it early!


Just putting the blocks on the design wall can be confusing!  I thought I had it too!  After sewing a few rows together I posted a picture on Instagram.  Turned out to be a good thing too!  Cynthia who blogs at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, had a keen eye!  She pointed out what she thought was a misplace block...and she was right!  The block with the pink pin, yeah...wrong!  It was an easy fix (thankfully)!  Thank you so much Cynthia, you saved what could have been a disaster!


The first quilt had a beautiful aqua backing, so naturally I wanted something different for this one.  I went with black.  And white.  


I also decided I would quilt this one myself.  I loved the long arm design on the first quilt and thought I could do a variation of that with my machine.  I was worried it wouldn't be as effective, but it turned out great.  I was very pleased!



Stats:
Kona Black & White Fabric
51" x 75"
Aurifil White Thread
Warm & Natural Batting
Machine Quilted

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32 comments :

  1. The optical illusion is really awesome. I am glad you were able to catch all the piecing troubles when it did not take a lot of effort to fix; and hooray for helpful extra sets of eyes!

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    1. There is always a helpful, kind and amazing quilt blogger who is willing to give a hand! I love this online community we have!

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  2. Looks fantastic! I love how the quilting adds to the design.

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    1. I think the quilting was the perfect design for this illusion, I'm very happy with it!

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  3. You must be dreaming in black and white by now! I love this quilt! I really admire the patience and attention to detail it must take. (Yay for friends' attention too!) I just don't have that in me, not now, at least. So, I will enjoy yours and marvel at the way it tricks my eyes!

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    1. After black & white...I was ready for some bold color that's for sure!

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    1. I'm just as happy with the second one as I was with the first!

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  5. Absolutely amazing Jayne! I have been waiting to see this one all finished and you did not disappoint. I was happy to provide a second set of eyes - I have had to lift a block from a finished quilt too many times.

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    1. I couldn't have been more thankful that you caught my mistake! Sometimes we try and power through something, only to find one little mistake that could ruin the entire piece! I was especially pleased with the quilting! I loved the design on the first quilt and was sure I could come close to it myself!

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  6. Such a vibrant quilt you have created. Very nice!

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    1. The second one came out just as good as the first…which is what I had hoped for!

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  7. Wow, I love the optical illusion series you have going! And that quilting is perfect! :) How long until you have a solo show? :)

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    1. I never intended on making another illusion quilt so soon, but it happened! Solo show!!! You have sufficiently stroked my ego and the check is in the mail!

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  8. Thank goodness for friends with keen eyes! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt- it looks amazing! I really love the quilting on it too.

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    1. Tell me about it Lorinda! I think I could have easily not see the wrong rotation until much later…like after the quilt was finished!

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  9. It's so cool - how did you figure it out? I don't have that kind of spatial ability, alas. but this is a wow! Awesome work as usual.

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    1. I found the illusion on pinterest and knew I had to figure out how to make it in to a quilt. Once I figured out the block construction it wasn't bad.

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  10. It's so awesome!! Great design work and quilting.

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    1. I really didn't expect to make another one so soon, but it just happened! I'm happy that the quilting worked out! I was worried about that!

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  11. Love it! Again! This is one of my favourites of your quilts, Jayne. You are the master of Illusion!

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    1. After finding my lost instructions (and figuring out my scrawl), I had to do it again!

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  12. This is just amazing, just like the first one. I had to laugh and you putting your directions away so safe and secure as to not be able to find them. I've done that with a few things before. 2 days before we moved across the country, I picked up a few FMQ templates (the kind you use with the powdered chalk) - I still can't find them and it's been 2 years and another move! I don't think they'll turn up at this point. But I always remind myself that I'm not as bad as my mother was. She'd hide Christmas gifts and not be able to find them for a few years!

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    1. I'm trying something new in hopes of not losing anymore directions. I have one file folder where I'm putting everything, it just has to work!! You may be right…after 2 years I don't think they will turn out! We try so hard to be organized and the harder we try the more lost they become! What a funny story about your Mom! I haven't reached that level…yet!

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  13. Another awesome quilt, Jayne! The design might be interesting in some different bright solids as well. I also put things away for safe keeping. I am missing 8 balls of lovely variegated wool roving yarn that I can not find anywhere in the house. I cleaned and reorganized two years ago when I inherited my Mom's sewing machines and supplies.

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    1. I was wondering if the design and illusion would work with different colors. It might be worth a try! Isn't it funny that the harder we try to keep things 'safe', the more lost they become! It isn't easy being organized!

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  14. This is beautiful! I just love optical illusions. I need to make this - just as soon as I finish all the quilts I have in progress already.

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    1. Once I found the right design, I just knew it was the one for me! It would be nice if we could make everything on our lists! The trouble is they grow faster than we could possibly make them!

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  15. This quilt is awesome! It is such a great illusion! I have misplaced directions and notes so many times, I try to be careful and keep them in only one place now and that seems to work most of the time.

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    1. I hadn't planned on doing another one so soon. I guess I couldn't have had I not found my directions and notes. Isn't it amazing how we try so hard to be organized and it only leads to confusion?!

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  16. Very very VERY cool. Love it's!

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  17. Congrats on a great finish! Looks great!

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