Saturday, February 22, 2014

Marie's Optical Illusion Quilt, Rule Release 13

I am happy to have finished Rule Release 13.    The rule for this block is that it must have 3 tones or values of the same color.  Well, that a great rule for an optical illusion quilt.  There was no technique given.

I found the pattern for this block at  It is called a Small Stellated Dodecahedron.  The pattern is well-done--it fit together perfectly and I think it's a great addition to my quilt.

Here is the column made from blocks 11, 12 and 13 (however, not in that order.)

This is what the quilt looks like now.  It's getting harder to get a good picture of it.  It certainly is a unique quilt, as are all the other quilts in this mystery quilt challenge.  Just one more row and then it will be ready for the borders.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Marie's Optical Illusion Quilt

I am only 2 years behind schedule, but I've had to put sewing on hold for two years since other events had a higher priority, but now I'm back having fun in my sewing room and my main goal right now is to finish my Dorinda Mystery Quilt.  Today I am posting a picture of my Rule #12 Block.

The Rule was to put words in it somewhere.  I accomplished that with a little machine embroidery quilt label.  The Technique called for a Buggy Barn block.  You can see my attempt at the Buggy Barn technique in the 2 wonky red and black heart blocks at the bottom of the block.  That was a fun technique and I kept it really simple.

I've never done a Buggy Barn quilt before, but it was fun and I'd like to try it some time.  I had a hard time coming up with some way to incorporate a Buggy Barn block in an Optical Illusion theme, so I just added them to the quilt label at the bottom and made a larger optical illusion.  I like the way the optical illusion turned out.  Hopefully I'll be back in the next few days with Block #13.