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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Marie's Optical Illusions Block 3

It's finished!  I have to say this project is very fun for me.  I'm being challenged and learning lots.  Here is the process for my Block 3.

First I drew up my pattern with inspiration from "Isometric Perspective" by Katie Pasquini-Masopust using my Super 60 ruler.  I decided to paper piece this one because the pieces are so small since it could only be 3" wide so that I could add 1" borders to each side to keep it floating in space. 


Here are my paper piecing patterns.

 Then, I went to my stash and found this piece of fabric.  It is the only piece of fabric in my stash that was this color and it's been there a while, and is not a color I would normally use.  I had to do some fussy cutting to end up with dark and light colors for my posts, but it worked well.
Then I did the paper piecing.  At one of our quilt retreats Deana taught us how to paper piece tumbling blocks so that there is a seam down the middle of the block, making it so there are no  y seams.  That method saved me a ton of time and frustration.  Thanks Deana!  Next, I did a machine embroidery stitch and then I was ready to sew it together. 

The pictures at the right are the two strips sewn together (minus seam allowances, because I got so focused on seeing the end result that I forgot to take pictures at that point and so did a little cropping of pictures so that you could see what I did). 

               

 Next I sewed the 2 strips together being very careful to match up seams and points.



Here is the finished block.


This is my finished creation.  I have to say I'm pleased with it, and still in awe that I have been able to pull this off.  I can't wait for the next rule.


12 comments:

Tamera said...

Wow! That is amazing!

Ann T. said...

Your block(s) are amazing. What a clever stack. You totally amaze me, and your perfectionist trait really shines through with this quilt. Can't wait to see what your next creation will be!

dq said...

Oh my goodness! I am literally sitting here in awe at your creation! Honestly, the embroidery rule really makes this block, and I have to ask if that if something you would have thought to do without the rule!! Now for the grassy brown fabric -- you made excellent use of ut. I think this tower of yours is my favorite block in your quilt -- that darn 5" strip that everyone is cussing is way cool too!!

Felicity said...

I love it! The whole quilt is coming together perfectly.

Marie said...

Dq, in answer to your question: No, I never would have thought to put the embroidery on it, but I certainly will think about it another time. When I saw the 5" strip rule I was actually excited because I wanted to try something like this and the dimensions were perfect for me.

Pam in Texas said...

That is very impressive. The 5" strip itself was impressive, but what you have done so far is show quality. I'm almost embarrassed to show mine after seeing yours.

Betty C said...

It is looking good. Pretty colors.

Stefiko said...

Wow, you are so good! I am still learning how to make my own pattern, and these are all so cool to me!

lynne said...

i am speechless. again. the creativity and skill that i see here in this group astounds me. i think that your quilt fascinates me. you are extremely talented in both coming up with the block design as well as executing it perfectly. bravo!

Moira said...

Looking wonderful!

desertskyquilts said...

That's amazing. What a mathematical quilt!

annmarie said...

That was quite an accomplishment. Your whole project is sooooo unique!