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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Creating Illusion

Y'all, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about my newest quilt design.  What began as playing around with scraps turned into this quilt with such an intriguing pattern.


You know, most of us probably have a favorite part of the quilting process.  Some really love piecing, but prefer to quilt "by checkbook," others piece a quilt (or use whole cloth), only to look forward to filling it with the most intricate quilting motifs, and still others relish hand binding as a peaceful way to finish the quilt and say goodbye to it (not me- I'm a machine binding girl all the way).  Just for the record, I don't know anyone who loves basting;  it really is the devil.

I enjoy most parts of the quilting process (again, the basting- ugh.), but when other quilters have asked me what my very favorite part is, I have always answered "finishing it."  We all love finishing our quilts, but for me, it's more specific than that.  Truly, my favorite part of the quilting process is seeing a design that was once only in my own mind, take shape and become the reality of a finished quilt.  I am always most proud of the designs that create the illusion of difficulty, but are created with basic piecing techniques.  This pattern definitely fits that description.  If you can believe it, there isn't a single snowball corner or HST!

As soon as I saw this design all together, I thought it was reminiscent of antique encaustic or cement tiles; but of course, that doesn't make for a very pretty name.  In searching for a more appropriate name for this pattern, I did a little research on the history of the art of creating these tiles, and it seems that many believe that they originated in France.  According to my findings, the French call these tiles "carrelage encaustique," so I've decided to name this pattern Carrelage, which literally translates to tiling.

I am looking forward to my favorite part- finishing it up!




34 comments:

  1. What a great design! It looks very complicated lol :)

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  2. This is a gorgeous quilt design, and fabulous colors. What a treat!

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  3. I realise I sound like a stuck record, but I absolutely love this! The colour pairings! The layout. Love love love.

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  4. It's so striking, I really love it! I might be that one person who doesn't mind the basting. Since I took up spray basting I don't seem to mind it at all, it's actually the quilting that can get to me at times but only because I'm too impatient and want to see my creation finished.

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  5. This really is a beautiful quilt! From the colors to the design.

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  6. Fantastic pattern - great name for it too!

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  7. Beautiful pattern, Kelly, and great color choices! This design is a good one for color and fabric play. Each of the 3 main sections could be "star" depending on selection and contrast. This one reminds me of flowers and leaves on a white trellis, with the slight variations in the blossoms and foliage. My favorite parts of quilt-making are fabric selection and FMQ. And yes, I'm a machine binder all the way, including use of decorative stitches to hold it down securely enough for multiple machine washings. Thanks again for sharing and inspirations! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  8. It is beautiful Kelly! I looove the colours too. Pattern to be available soon?

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  10. Another beautiful quilt! I love this pattern and I admire your talent!

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  11. I am serously in love with this Pattern - I cannot wait for this pattern to be avaiablbe. ☺

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  12. I think this one is truly Great! I would love to make this in some of my Art Gallery fabrics. My favorite part is the size of the pieces. I'm sure the pieces are larger than fat quarters though. It's really pretty and I look forward to your pattern!

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  13. This is a very beautiful quilt! I love the colors and your design!

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  14. Very pretty. Do you have a pattern for this yet??

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  15. Gorgeous, as always! When I saw the fabrics that you chose for the next (this) project, they didn't do anything for me. Seeing the finished quilt however, is just WOW-WEE!! AMAZING! Great design!

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  16. You've not only created the illusion of a difficult quilt, but at first glance, I thought the quilt edges were scalloped or irregular (not sure if I'm explaining this right). The blue pieces at the edges sort of disappeared when I looked at it quick. This is an awesome pattern!

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  17. You've outdone yourself this time. This is such an eye-catching pattern!

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  18. This is a super striking design, beautiful!

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  19. Very cool pattern. I really like the choice of colors, too.

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  20. Beautiful all the way around. And the thing is, I don't usually pay a lot of attention to quilt names. I always have trouble naming my own quilts and often don't see the point, but in this case the name just adds so much to the design and concept. And it's so pretty (the name as well as the quilt).

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  21. What a great pattern! Love your colors and looking forward to seeing the pattern available soon.

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  22. Wow! Beautiful and unique design.

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  23. Well, I have to say that my visit today, just might break your theory about basting... I really don't mind. It's kind of the quilting part that's my least favorite thing to do, but there's kind of no way to get around that.

    This is a really great design, and your color choices are just lovely. Good luck with your finish!

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  24. Wow! Really striking design Kelly! Your eye just flies around the quilt. I like how you found the name for it.

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  25. This is beautiful! I love the pattern and the colors you picked are fantastic.

    I think I like piecing the best. When I finish piecing a quilt top, I always feel like I'm done...and then I realize I still have to baste it, quilt it, and bind it. Somehow it's always disappointing to realize I have so much left to do once the piecing is done!

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  26. Ha -basting, it has horns and everything! Great design, and I totally get what you mean about the best bit being more than just a finish :)

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  27. Wow! This is a gorgeous pattern. Basting is not fun, unless you do it with someone you love! I got my Grandma to help me baste on the last quilt I basted, and it made the process just a tad better.

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  28. Fantastic pattern!! I love your color selection - it set the pattern off just right!

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