Floating Blocks

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I like the fact that the effect turned out quite well, even though I am no expert. What advice would you give someone starting this project? It's easier than you think, just take your time and choose your background and the "shadow" fabric so they work together. Large, bright colorful prints make the floating blocks pop out. Have fun with it, enjoy the process!

What you will need

  • Cotton Fabrics
  • Batik

Q&A with QuiltDude

PapaDoc asked:
This is very nice. I think that I might give it a try. Great work!
QuiltDude answered:
Thanks, PapDoc. I'd love to see your version when you make. Please post it on here.
Mary Scolari asked:
QuiltDude you are One-of-a-Kind!!!! I am just starting to learn how to Quilt and the way you lay out your designs and the choices of colors simply lure me with such amazement and truly inspires me to become as awesome as yourself!!! may I ask you what Pattern would you suggest I start with? I've even gone as far as getting a new sewing Machine(Janome) to get started with. I would be so honored to get some input from you. Thank you so much for ALL the Beautiful work you so kindly share.
QuiltDude answered:
Wow, Mary! Your words are so kind and humbling. Thank you for taking and interest in my work and liking what I do. Hmmm, how "involved" do you want your first pattern to be? This pattern, the "Illusions block", or sometimes known as the "Shadowbox pattern" is a good one for a beginner, because it's a simple block you repeat, and as you see it's very dramatic. A good beginners' quilt is the 1600 design [check that out on YouTube or Pinterest - the one I did in that pattern is the "Briana at the Jelly Roll Race" Another easy, straight line sewing quilt is the Mondrian Quilt. I don't have a pattern, but take some grid paper and start drawing boxes and coloring them in until you like the layout [that really is how I began on a LOT of the quilts I've done]. YouTube has a lot of patterns, not to mention free tutorials on beginners' designs. The best advice I can give you is just go for it! Find a pattern that YOU like, with colors that YOU like and have fun, most of all!
Mary Scolari asked:
Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts on my question, I have to be honest with you and say I was hoping you would suggest this pattern as I just love it!!!! I'm so excited to start my journey with searching for the fabrics and colors for My First Quilt and will also follow your suggestion on checking out YouTube and again,Thank You so much for sharing ALL your Beautiful work as You are such an Inspiration to me and I'm so looking forward to seeing more of your "Fabulous" work!!!!
QuiltDude answered:
You are too kind, and generous with your words, but thank you! I also look forward to seeing your creations as well! I'll be looking out for them. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Welcome to the wonderful and addicting world of quilting!
midwifecpm asked:
Love your colors. I did an optical illusion quilt. How did you quilt it? Free motion?
QuiltDude answered:
Hello, Midwifecpm. Unfortunately, at the time I did NOT know how to FMQ, so I just stitched in the ditch all around the color blocks and "shadow" and did some wiggly lines with my walking foot inside the floating blocks themselves just to secure the 3 layers together. I would totally FMQ it if I were to do it again today. Thanks for your nice words!
val.mckay7423260 asked:
I keep coming back to look at this one and I think I'm almost ready to try it. I love the choice for your block prints they really do look like they're 3D and could float right off of the quilt top Well done, it's fantastic
QuiltDude answered:
Hi, Val. This is actually easier than you would think, so go ahead, and take the plunge [haha, pun intended]. Please do share your version of this quilt when it's done - I'd love to see your take on this.