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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Marie's Optical Illusion Rule 5

I'm finally finished with my block #5.  This was definitely a learning experience for me.  I had never machine pieced a circle before so it was fun to try and it and succeed.  The last time I needed a circle in a quilt I ended up appliqueing it because I couldn't get it to look right.  I won't be intimidated by circles any more.

I also haven't tried free motion embroidery before and it is fun, but I can see that I could use a whole lot of practice to get very good at it. 

I made two different blocks and put a circle and free motion embroidery in both of them.  In the bottom block the embroidery is the lines on the ball.  By the way, that's my version of the New Years Eve ball at Times Square.  The embroidery in the top block is the shadow of the ball.  I'm not sure if it looks like a shadow or a real amateur trying to do free motion embroidery.


These blocks took me a lot of time.  I think my creativity nearly exceeded my ability.    My inspiration came from "3 Dimensional Design" by Katie Pasquini.  The quilts pictured in her book are very large quilts and I'm trying to make very small blocks so it is rather difficult, but I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. 

Here is my quilt so far. 



Now I guess I'd better get busy and see what I can do with Rule # 6.

11 comments:

Ann T. said...

That is mind boggeling how you made such perfect looking blocks. The teaser is evident in the bottom block, and I am in awe of what you have done. Your entire project is so clever. 3-D for sure. I need to get my 3-D goggles on to view it. LOL Love you

Betty C said...

It definitely looks like a shadow, and a good one.
You did a great job on this clue and your whole project is really attractive.

Tracy said...

Very stunning! All your efforts are well worth it. This is a true art piece.

dq said...

I think you really outdid yourself this time!! These two blocks are amazingly complex to look at. The red ball reminds me of a bowling ball starting down the lane. The bottom one has the effect of looking through a window at, I don't know, a planet maybe. Your quilt is JUST SO COOL!

Stefiko said...

HOLY COW MARIE!!! This is SOOOO cool! I LOVE this! I was excited to see what you did with this block, and I was NOT let down!

Moira said...

Beautiful work!

Pam in Texas said...

You have done an outstanding job. I am looking forward to see what you come up with on the next rule.

annmarie said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

dorine said...

Wow! Wow! and wow again!! I've been dying to see this since I saw your design drawn out, and I'm disappointed. Your shadow is wonderful! It's so real that you don't notice it's there until you start looking for it. Your new year's ball looks like it has just dropped way, way down. You are an true artist. Can't wait to see the next one!

desertskyquilts said...

I love your math! It's so great to see someone make a positive math statement.

SewCalGal said...

Absolutely brilliant.

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