Optical Illusions Blog Tour & Giveaway


Have you been following the Optical Illusions blog tour?  It’s been loads of fun for me to see what everyone is saying about our book.  If you’ve missed out on getting the scoop about our book, take a look at the previous posts!

The only people left off this list are my guest bloggers and myself.  Who are my two guest bloggers?  My friends Jacquie Gering and Shea Henderson were fabulous enough to join me on this tour. Jacquie and Shea are both incredible ladies & phenomenal quilters.  Jacquie is one of the co-authors of Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisional Quilts.  You can find Jacquie online at Tallgrass Prairie Studio.  Shea Henderson is a pattern designer and just came out with her first book, School of Sewing.  You can find her at Empty Bobbin Sewing.  They are both very busy ladies and were so wonderful to take the time to be my guest bloggers.  Please stop by their blogs and see what they have to say about our book.

Now, onto the juicy details!

A friend of mine sent me an email letting me know that the people at KC Star Quilts were looking for designers to submit quilts with optical illusion qualities.  Not really one to turn down an opportunity to something like that, I hopped on the internet and googled “optical illusions” and started translating those ideas into quilt designs.  I wanted to create something that was pretty simple to construct, but had a huge visual impact.  I came across the rippling idea and ran with it.

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I messed with the idea in EQ7 until I settled on the proportions of the triangles in the corner.  It’s not quite as straightforward as the traditional snowball with 45 degree corners (I tried that and it doesn’t ripple), but it isn’t that far from it.

It took me a while to decide how to quilt this one, too.  It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have Angela Walter’s chapter on quilting a modern quilt in front of me to help me decide.  🙂  Luckily I have most of her other books in my library and could reference them for help.  In the end I went with the obvious rippling water lines to help drive the idea home.

It’s fun working on challenges like this one and I hope I get to be a part of another project like this again in the future.


Leave me a comment below telling me about your favorite quilt in the book and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter.  Yes, I know I’m asking you to pick a favorite out of the book being given away and how could you know what is inside?  Well… I’ve conveniently placed a link to all of the stops on this tour at the top of this post.  Visit those stops and you’ll get to see lots of photos of the quilts in the book.  Pick one and leave a comment with your answer below.  Leave your comments by Monday, November 17th  at 11:59 pm and I’ll I pick a winner on Tuesday.  Make sure you leave a way to contact you, so I’ll know how to get in touch if you’re the winner.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to visit the rest of the posts in the blog tour if you haven’t already.  They are all giving away something fabulous.

October First Friday Art Show

I’m having another show in the Crossroads Art District soon.  October First Friday is just a few days away!


If you’re local to Kansas City, come out enjoy the nice fall weather.  It should be a beautiful night to spend in the Crossroads this Friday.  I’ll be set up at 1800 Wyandotte & would love it if you’d stop by.

I have been a busy girl working on some new things to show.  I’ve made lots of bright & colorful things that will make their debut on Friday.

This trio of bright cows is wrapped up and ready to be shown off.  Stop by and see what else I’ve been up to!

Also, if you’re interested in scooping up a copy of Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, I’ll have copies for sale there.

You can get your copy today!

The book I contributed to, Optical Illusions: Innovative Designs for the Modern Quilter, is now available!opticalillusions-cover1

You can purchase a copy directly from me if you like.  Visit my little online storefront to order your copy from me today.  I’ll even sign it if you ask nicely.  🙂