Today I am excited to share with you a really special version of the Illusion Quilt, my latest modern quilting pattern. This quilt uses the 14 color layout and is a combo of solids and scrappy high volume prints.
Illusion is my most recent pattern that plays off of a checkerboard pattern with a twist! A slight change in the block lets the movement of color and pattern trick your eyes.
There are multiple sizes and three versions to choose from: 2 color, 8 color and 14 color.
This one was created using my stash and it was so much fun, read below to see how it all came together.
I knew that I wanted to make a version in a blue - green combination and pulled a selection of solids from my stash. Beginning with a lighter aqua all the way to an acid green shade.
Colors top to bottom - Moda Bella Solids:
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- Aqua 34
- Bermuda 269
- Marine 135
- Little Boy Blue 142
- Bright Sky 115
- Amelia Blue 167
- Dark Teal 110
- Leprechan 371
- Kelly 76
- Fresh Grass 228
- Leaf 192
- Pesto 233
- Citrine 211
The the backing I knew I wanted to use a black solid or print to really make this color palette pop. I was running low on black solids and didn't really want to run out and buy more fabric so I decided that if I can do a low volume background (white or cream fabrics with subtle prints) why cant I do a high volume background? I have SO many black prints that have been collecting all of the years, mostly collected from fabric lines and the darker prints just didn't fit well with what I was currently sewing.
I do not really have a good idea on all of the fabrics used on this particular quilt - but will list a few that are available now that might work out perfectly!
Options for high volume background fabrics:
Ruby Star Society black prints were used quite a bit on this quilt, and if I needed to restock these are some I would definitely grab to add to my collection.
- Brushed in Black
- Darlings Black Nanners
- Twirl in Black
- Pixel in Black
- Birthday Metallic Black Hats
- Rein Metallic Black Highness
- Florida 2 Black Sand
- Honey Soft Black Mushrooms
For my binding I cut strips from several of my fat quarters that I used for the high volume background to make a fun scrappy binding.
For this quilt I decided to quilt this myself using a straight line x pattern that goes from corner to corner through the squares and rectangles. This can get tricky when you change shapes, but if you stop at the new shape (square to rectangle) and pivot the quilt just enough you can begin your new section.
This slight change in angle really gives the Illusion layout a really fun look - almost tricks your eye a bit. I used a black thread and kept the stitch length around 3.
Finished High Volume Quilt Images: