Monday, October 26, 2015

Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival ~ 2015 ~ Illusion

It's all an Illusion!  Warning:  Staring too long at this quilt may make you dizzy!

My second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, will be in the LARGE QUILT CATEGORY. Presenting:  The Optical Illusion Quilt.  

A black & white quilt had always been on my bucket list, along with making an optical illusion quilt. The logical choice was to marry both together!    

This is the second time I made this quilt design.  The first, Black + White = Illusion was quite an adventure!  When I decided to make it again (Illusion Number Two), it became quite the misadventure!  I misplaced my original notes and directions.  When I finally found them...I could barely make heads or tails out of it!  

Not letting that stop me, I eventually figured out what I needed to do!  Lot's of black and white, strip piecing, tiny squares...all pieced to perfection!
  
51" x 75"
Kona Cotton
I machine quilted this one using Aurifil White thread in an organic (very) vortex design.  It turned out much better than I thought or hoped it would.  Perfect for this illusion! 


I love how the white shows up on the back.  Black & white...keeping with the theme!


When it came to laying out the blocks on the design wall, it was harder than it looked!  One wrong block and there goes the illusion!  Which in fact was exactly what I did!  It was an easy fix and all ended well!


I'm sure this design will be revisited again one day.  I might even change it up a bit!  For someone who thrives on color, this was totally the opposite of that!  Which is a good thing!  Change it up, step outside the box and push yourself...that is the wonderful thing about designing and quilting!


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



Entered in the LARGE QUILT CATEGORY 



Fall Festival Schedule!
October 23-29, 2015 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice
October 29-November 5, 2015 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories
November 6, 2015 – Winners announced

20 comments :

  1. The optical illusion is really enhanced by the way you continue the black and white checkerboard beyond the center. It pulses and moves! :)

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    1. You describe quilts so well! I never thought of it as pulsing and moving…but it's so perfect!

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  2. Oh that is a really neat quilt!

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    1. I couldn't resist finally being able to make a black & white quilt!

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  3. WOW! I think my eyes would be crossing before I was done :) What a terrific quilt, Jayne

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    1. Thank you Karen and yes…eyes crossed, dizzy and confused while making this one! But so much fun and worth it in the end!

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  4. Oh this is very clever! Congratulations on a great finish and good luck with the festival

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  5. Love this quilt! So crisp, so stunning, so so gorgeous. Staring at it too long does make the eyes cross and the room tilt. Gotta love it when a plan comes together. Good luck with the festival. Nadine W

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    1. It was a dizzying process! From trying to find my notes, piecing (I did mess up a batch of blocks) to laying it out!

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    2. It was a dizzying process! From trying to find my notes, piecing (I did mess up a batch of blocks) to laying it out!

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  6. So glad you entered this quilt. It's always been one of my favorites - it's just stunning. Good luck!

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    1. Anytime you can mark something off that bucket list is always a good thing! (especially when it's two things) I'm just happy I found my notes on this one and hopefully I made them easier to understand if I ever make it again!

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  7. The white square on the black look bigger than your black squares in the white blocks, or is that an optical illusion too? Neat design - it will get my vote!

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    1. The black on white and white on black blocks are the same size! I never noticed before, which could be because after a while my eyes go crazy!! Thank you for stopping by and a vote would be wonderful!

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  8. This is awesome! I love the optical illusion! thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love this Illusion quilt and the fact that it's black & white…perfect to me!

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  9. Such a cool quilt! Great design!

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  10. I love this! May I copy it?

    Thank you sincerely!

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