Ocean Illusion Quilts

Here’s another couple of UFOs I’ve finished during this quarantine! These are two sister quilts that I pieced at the same time, but since one was for a gift, that one got finished and given while it’s sister quilt sat in my ‘to quilt’ and then my ‘to bind’ pile for far longer than it should have.

IMG_20190525_103429I found this pattern free online, and it was written in German (I think). However, I was able to use the measurements and images in the pattern to figure it out! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the pattern since then.

EDIT: Someone very kindly found it! (Thanks Karen!) Here’s a link: Illusion Quilt (It used to be available for free on Bluprint/Craftsy, which is probably where I got it, but it isn’t available at this time.)

Luckily, I wrote the pattern in English as I was going along. If you’d like to make it, feel free to check out the pattern here. I haven’t been able to find the original pattern to credit the author of it- if anyone finds (or knows of) it, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!

The top, although seemingly complicated, is actually just a bunch of strip sets cut in different widths and sewn together. The trickiest part, for me anyways, was making sure each strip stayed in the correct order.

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I chose to use a batik that had some movement in it but still had a cohesive “color” when viewed from a distance. I really loved the vibrancy of the blue/green waves- it was such fun to work with as I was assembling the tops! 

For quilting, I chose to use white on top and a gorgeous variegated blue/green/purple thread on the bottom, and all I did was stitch in the ditch so that it didn’t take away from the overall flow of the quilt tops.

2 thoughts on “Ocean Illusion Quilts

  1. Paula says:

    Jessica, I realize it’s been some time since you posted this finish, but I love it. I too got the free pattern from Craftsy about 5 years ago to make a quilt for my newborn nephew. Since I couldn’t read the language, I worked out the numbers, I thought, and cut and sewed. I’d made a mistake somewhere and had to start over. Rather than take it apart and rework it, I recalculated the numbers and tried again. The quilt came out so well and my db and sil loved it. I still have the pieces from the mis-cut quilt and I plan to work on it again one day. It looks like the blogger at pippi22.blogspot.com stopped blogging in 2016, but I’d love to thank her for the great idea. I recently found your blog and plan to read all of the posts a little at a time. I love your work.

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