Optical Illusions

Welcome to the blog hop party for Optical Illusions Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter! I was asked to participate by the lovely Tia Curtis who’s quilt Tropical Storm is one of nine fantastic quilt designs!

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Tia’s was inspired by an illusion she found online but decided to simplify it so she would not have a headache the entire time she worked on it. The result is a gorgeous half square triangle quilt with a few fun pops of color.

CurtisI’m going to be a book nerd and gush about how lovely the cover of this book feels under the fingertips! It is made out of a beautiful matte cover stock and feels great in the hands.

Do yourself a favor and check out Tia’s site, I am in love with her quilting, this one is beautiful! If I ever get our bed quilt pieced, I think I am going to send it to Tia with very little directions. Tia has generously given me a Cotton + Steel fat quarter bundle to give away to one lucky reader to celebrate Optical Illusions release! Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! I enjoyed reading your sources for inspiration.


Thank you, Tia! I’m making it simple this time, no Rafflecopter to sign in to or anything else. Just leave me a comment telling me what has been inspiring you lately. The giveaway will be closing on Sunday, November 16th at 9pm EST and I’ll give Mr. Random the honor of picking the winner. I’m looking forward to being inspired by your inspiration.

Congratulations to the winner, Mary D. who said, “I have several pieces of fabric in stash and find now that I want to upgrade my stash with new prints and colors. I have been all over blog world looking for inspiration to use up my older stash. In the process more fabric pieces have found their way into my stash. Will there ever be enough time to pet, feel and use it all?” Mary, look for an email from me soon.

Check out the rest of the blog hop for chances to win some great giveaways!

Nov. 3
My Stars
Deb Rowden

Nov. 4
My Stars
Angela Walters

Nov. 5
My Stars
Penny Layman

Nov. 6
My Stars
Melissa Corry
Lily’s Quilts
Fat Quarter Shop

Nov. 7
My Stars on behalf of Mary Kay Fosnacht & Karen Hansen

Nov. 10
My Stars
Jamie David

Nov. 11
My Stars
Tia Curtis
Tammie Schaffer

Nov. 12
My Stars
Katie Larson

Nov. 13
My Stars
Jenifer Dick
Trisch Price

Nov. 14
My Stars
Jessica Toye
Jacquie Gering
Shea Henderson

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78 thoughts on “Optical Illusions

  1. patty November 13, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply

    I am inspired by the wonderful fabric that is being manufactured these days. They bundle you are giving away is fabulous!

  2. Vicki H November 12, 2014 at 10:09 pm Reply

    After being out of town unexpectedly for nearly three weeks, the lack of time is getting my inspired to get caught up on my gift sewing.

  3. Sandy K November 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Right now all the snow we have is giving me inspiration to get going on my holiday sewing.

  4. Audrey November 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm Reply

    My stash is my inspiration these days. I must tame it. I am trying very hard to direct all my attention to the task by looking for inspiration there. So far it is working. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

  5. diane beavers November 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Cleaning out my stash of fabric. I keep saying I don’t have any, or not enough solids. So cleaning it out opened up my eyes that I need more and got on line to shop, visited two local quilt shops and made purchases. I also won Two pattern books on recent blog tours so I inspired by at least 3 designs in each. Really the inspiration comes from the designer herself. Our weather here is still in the 70’s so it’s hard to stay inside to quilt but the cold air is shifting our way, inspiring me to stay inside to cut and piece. Thank you for sharing Tia’s quilting, yes indeed it’s beautiful!

  6. Judith November 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm Reply

    I’ve recently taken a couple of Craftsy classes that I found very inspiring.

  7. Lisa E November 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I’m inspired by all the generous quilt bloggers out there who share their designs, tutorials, etc. with us.

  8. Mary November 12, 2014 at 1:57 am Reply

    I have been inspired by all the new fabric on the market now. I can’t keep up with my buying, ideas, and sewing. Hopefully, the elves will arrive soon.

  9. quiltingmod November 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm Reply

    I’ve been inspired by my friends having babies, a great pattern done up in modern fabrics, and my collection of UFOs.

  10. Rosemary November 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm Reply

    The impending polar vortex is inspiring me to make more warm and cuddly quilts.

  11. Ginny Worden November 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply

    My inspiration lately has been fear. Fear of not getting the quilts done that will be gifts this holiday season.

  12. barbara woods November 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Christmas fabric,thanks

  13. fussycut November 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm Reply

    I have been inspired by my cluttered sewing room! I have too many tops so I have been quilting them. Slow going on my domestic machine!

  14. Lisa Tucker November 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Inspired? Insane sewing madly rushing. Modern modern modern

  15. Nicole November 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Deadlines! I’m enjoying working on my projects right now.

  16. lindawwww November 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm Reply

    I’m been inspired by the beautiful colours of the fall leaves. I’m into browns, oranges, yellows, and reds.

  17. Quilting Tangent November 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm Reply

    The wonderful fall colors are inspirational.

  18. Tabitha Keener November 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm Reply

    I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration lately from your blog and several others! I’ve been loving all of the blogging on Quilt Market and seeing all the new fabric and patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. Mary D November 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm Reply

    My sister in law has been a great source of inspiration. She is battling a serious illness and despite her health her spirit, grit and will to press on has inspired the whole family.

  20. Nancy N November 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Following this blog hop has definitely been inspiring for me. It is helping me out of my traditional comfort zone into a whole new way of looking at quilts.

  21. buntyw November 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Two new babies in the family!!

  22. Susan Ikin November 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I am being inspired by the two classes I have taken recently, as I hadn’t sewn for ages, and now seem to have my mojo back. I am always inspired by the work everyone shows on their blogs and FBI.

  23. LINDA November 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m inspired by all the ideas and news coming from Market! Thanks Quilters for sharing!

  24. Annmarie November 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Every Tuesday I quilt with a group of 5 women – the youngest is 78 and the oldest is 90. I am 65. They are still going strong & make some beautiful quilts, wall hangings & runners . They inspire me!!!

  25. Delaine November 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Seeing all of the fantastic quilts and projects coming from this book has been my inspiration lately. This book looks awesome! Thanks!

  26. chanzy01 November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm Reply

    I’ve been inspired by a trip to the floss aisle of my local Joann’s. I picked up several colors that were just to wonderful to resist and then went to my LQS and went shopping.

  27. Elizabeth Bolton November 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Needing Christmas presents is inspiring me right now! I’ve made my list and put tentative completion dates by each item, hoping to have more than fabric and promises under the tree this year! Thx for the chance to win some of that gorgeous fabric! I find this new book, Optical Illusions, to be very inspirational, also – it’s on my Xmas list!

  28. Leo November 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm Reply

    little things – wrought iron roof supports in train stations, tiles in underground stations …

  29. Lisa Marie November 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Fall colors have been inspiring me lately. Usually I work with bright, summery colors but I’ve been using some rich fall tones lately.

  30. jessie hansen November 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Horrible ugly awful fabric has been inspiring me lately. I want to make dresses with it. Is that odd?

  31. Mary D November 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply

    I have several pieces of fabric in stash and find now that I want to upgrade my stash with new prints and colors. I have been all over blog world looking for inspiration to use up my older stash. In the process more fabric pieces have found their way into my stash. Will there ever be enough time to pet, feel and use it all? 🙂

  32. Joyce Carter November 11, 2014 at 11:59 am Reply

    I have been getting a lot of inspiration from all the Blog Hops going on. There are so many beautiful things being made and are going on my “to do” list. Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. Donna W November 11, 2014 at 11:55 am Reply

    The fall colors have been inspiring me lately. Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic book.

  34. Michele T November 11, 2014 at 11:24 am Reply

    My inspiration comes from the creative people I follow on blogs, and posts that I see on Pinterest. I am always making gifts and with Christmas around the corner, I am already planning my list!!

  35. Beth November 11, 2014 at 11:04 am Reply

    We have a quilt museum close by, and I visited it for the first time recently. Very inspiring to see all the different things people have done over the years!

  36. Shelley S MN November 11, 2014 at 10:20 am Reply

    Cotton and Steele inspire me as well as pintrest

  37. D. Meredith November 11, 2014 at 10:11 am Reply

    I’m often inspired by all the talented quilting bloggers. Also, the fabric itself usually inspires me.

  38. Cathy November 11, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply

    I have been inspired by all of the beautiful fall leaves and colors. There have been some pretty combinations of colors that I would never put together but now I have some ideas!

  39. skylinequilts November 11, 2014 at 9:54 am Reply

    I’m a relatively newbie quilter and to this point I’ve only been following patterns. I’m starting to design my own quilts (nothing even remotely close to being ready to cut), but I’m finding so much inspiration in my Philly Modern Quilt Guild friends. After meetings, it’s like my mind is just blown by their creativity. I’m just soaking it all up!

  40. Deb G. November 11, 2014 at 9:50 am Reply

    Lately I have been inspired by mid-century modern designs, similar to the vintage bark cloth.

  41. Bobbi Penniman November 11, 2014 at 9:13 am Reply

    I’m inspired by (and frustrated by) this month’s Minimalist Challenge in Philly Modern Quilt Guild. Still not sure if I will have anything to show next week. 😦

  42. Joyce Mitchell November 11, 2014 at 8:52 am Reply

    My 3 sisters have been inspiring me. We live in 4 different states but keep connected with block swaps, round robins & group quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Valerie Boudier November 11, 2014 at 8:50 am Reply

    Mostly inspired by my love of sewing – I’ve got to have something on the go, no matter how simple

  44. Abi Buening (@1apple_blossom) November 11, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply

    My husband has been inspiring me as he wants a quilt. I’ve made one for both daughters and my dad and mom. So he’s after me to make him one.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  45. Chiska November 11, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

    I’m inspired by my two year old’s enthusiasm for everything: snow, leaves, the moon, people. It’ really incredible

  46. Betsy November 11, 2014 at 7:29 am Reply

    I’m inspired by the colors of the fall leaves this year.

  47. Michele November 11, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply

    I’m working on Christmas gifts and getting inspired by the upcoming holidays

  48. JillB November 11, 2014 at 3:06 am Reply

    My most recent inspiration has been the birth of my third grandchild. For each of the three, I’ve made an original-design quilt, so there’s some planning involved. But the latest one has been finished and now cuddles little Jack!

  49. Beth T. November 11, 2014 at 2:17 am Reply

    What has been inspiring me is the darling little niece for whom I’m quilting and making little gifts. Such a precious gift to all of us, little Helina.

  50. Anita November 11, 2014 at 1:24 am Reply

    I am being inspired by the beautiful creations of nature!

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