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.
I’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.
I used my railing in my sewing area to keep all of the rows lined up in order. That’s probably the trickiest part!
I 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”
Love your optic illusions quilt. Amazing!
Simply stunning! I can’t wait to see how you quilt it.
this is soooo cool! can’t wait to see it quilted. The illusion effect is so neat, very creative.
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.
Sooo coooool!! Love the optical illusion effect!!
This is fun, what a great idea for a quilt.
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.
Wow! Very neat, but it honestly made me dizzy!
Oh Boy, I’m really lovin this one….could be cause at my age, I’m a little wonky myself!
Beautiful. I’ll be looking for the quilted version.
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!!
It sort of looks like a strip of film too. Looking forward to seeing this one come together and what you do with the quilting…which is always magnificent.
This is going to look great! I think I would go with straight vertical lines for the quilting.
Any chance you would share a tutorial as to how you cut fabric parallel to the selvedge. thanks for considering it. Your quilt looks very promising!
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.
Great optical effect.
this is such a fun looking quilt. cant wait to see the finished quilt.
Wow! This makes my eyes go crazy! LOL! Love it!
I love illusion quilts so much and this one is wonderful. Love it.
Amazing! Love the illusion~it seems to be curved! I am sure you will come up with a fabulous idea on how to quilt this! Cannot wait to see that!
Is this one of your quilt along series? Are they all the same size and staggered? It’s a great optical illusion.
You are rocking it! Really cool;0)
OMG, that is too COOL.
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?
Wow I love how this one is turning out.
Looks great. On my to try list.
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.
Wow Christa this is awesome!! Makes yours eyes funny. Are you going to do a tutorial for this one in the near future?
I’m hoping to get it done in time to enter it into QuiltCon. Then I’ll probably release a pattern shortly thereafter 🙂
Wow Christa this is awesome!! does funny tricks to your eyes. Are you going to do a tutorial for this one?
I really like it but it makes my eyes cross.
Awesome as always!
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!