I saw this pattern from a Missouri Quilt Company video. Jenny Doan says it is a quick and easy pattern. I am going to trust her and give it a try! I kept thinking… what do I have in my stash that I could use for the Illusion Quilt? I know, this is a huge step for me! I was trying to figure out what I had already in my fabric stash versus buying something new. So proud of myself!! I am going to make a quilt of all solids. I already have the white sashing fabric – I buy white by the bolt. I have an irrational fear that I will run out of white – totally irrational! I have a brand new bolt just waiting for the plastic to come off. I know I have a couple of yards of gray/silver in my stash as well. This is where the illusion occurs with the gray acting as a shadow.
The pattern calls for a layer cake. The layer cake is cut in half for 5×10 inch rectangles. I didn’t really have a layer cake that I liked for this. So I am going to break into my Elizabeth Hartman fat quarter bundle. Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson, created a designer bundle of Kona Solids. There are grays within the bundle, so I know that the gray will work well with these colors. If I use the rest of the colors for the blocks, I will have 20 fat quarters. I will easily get 2 10-inch squares from each fat quarter. I also cut a strip lengthwise for a strip of binding. There is plenty of leftover fabric too! I cut all of the 5×10 inch colored blocks prior to the quilt retreat.
So bright! Leftover grayish fat quarters… There was a lot of chain sewing during the quilt retreat this past weekend. Which means I can sew and talk at the same time. I was so focused on sewing, I forgot to take pictures. This is the one poorly focused snap of the process. I laid out the quilt on the last day of retreat sewing. So many people left by noon on Sunday, that I was able to use the tables instead of crawling around on the floor. Again, no pictures – was so focused on getting it laid out! Remember how I like to make binding… the binding for this quilt is already done. I don’t normally do scrappy binding. I thought I would give it a try. I sewed the binding in the same order that the fat quarters were stacked.
What can I say, I was in binding making mode. That is the binding for my Fat Quarter Shop 2013 Mystery Designer Block of the Month Quilt. Hopefully, I will be posting more progress on this project soon!
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday.