Work in Progress – Optical Illusion Quilt

I’m making really good progress on my Optical Illusion quilt I designed several months back. It’s based on the optical illusion called “Cafe Walls” but with a vertical setting rather than a horizontal setting.

fabricI’m using Riley Blake solids in black, white and grey and decided to cut all of the long skinny strips parallel to the selvedge so they would stretch as little as possible.

RowsI used my railing in my sewing area to keep all of the rows lined up in order. That’s probably the trickiest part!

topI like the illusion it creates when you stare at it for too long! Now I have to decide if I want to make it any wider, and how I’m going to quilt it. That’s half the fun!



35 thoughts on “Work in Progress – Optical Illusion Quilt

  1. Karen says:

    Christa, that’s amazing! What I want to know is—how did you get this far without your eyes getting tangled up? And, oh my, quilting it! Great color choices, too.

  2. Kaaren says:

    Christa, i LOVE this illusional look. what size are the squares? the strips? and have you decided how to quilt it? Work like this that creates conversation is very special, as are you.

  3. lori landenburger says:

    As a retired cognitive psychologist, optical illusions are near and dear to my heart! I adore this quilt! love how you’re interpreting it, and looking forward to seeing more of the quilting 🙂
    I love seeing all of the classes you teach and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate and admire that you take your time to do so. Thanks!!

    • Christa says:

      I’m glad you like it! I’m going to turn it into a pattern eventually. I folded my yardage parallel to the selvedge and then cut very skinny strips. I used two mats and two rulers so they were long enough to cover the length of a folded piece of fabric.

  4. kittylet2 says:

    Christa, The strips look like you have cut them so that each strip looks it’s wider and than narrower along its length. Amazing! Did you know it was going to turn out like that?

  5. Leslie in MN says:

    Really neat, Christa. I did what Nicole did, only on the picture in the original post. It is more straight on and seems to wiggle back and forth when you scroll quickly.

  6. Nicole says:

    If you scroll really fast past the last picture – whoooooo, wobbles!! Quilting should either be stitch in the ditch, or vertical something simple. Well done!

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