Convex Illusions

I love taking quilt classes and I’ve taken a lot of them over the years. Most of the time I could have made the quilt without the class but I continue to take them because I enjoy spending time with other quilters and always learn something new. The class I completed yesterday was no exception. The quilt we made is called Convex Illusions by Kathleen Andrews.


This quilt has challenged me on many levels, most importantly, patience and organization. Every piece has to be carefully numbered and laid out correctly or a mistake is inevitable. Also, the seams have to be perfect (1/4” and alignment) or you won’t get the 3D effect in the center of the quilt.

I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this problem!

The class was a 2 day class, with a week between each one. We started the center on the first day and finished it for homework.


We completed the rest of the blocks in the next class and began putting it together. I only lacked adding the final 4 corners but the class ended before I could get them sewn on.

Completed in the second day of class

I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning wanting to finish this quilt. The most difficult part of the entire process were the appliqué corners. To give the quilt the appearance of floating on the background, triangle corners have to be appliquéd to the next pieces added. It can be done by hand or machine and I chose to do it by machine with a small blanket stitch. You have to sew the border in place leaving the appliqué section un-sewn. The reason for the difficulty is there are so many seams that it was hard to make it lay square while stitching and lay flat when done. Using a square ruler, I made a chalk outline of where it needed to be placed and that helped. Then I put a few dots of glue to keep it from shifting while sewing. Before sewing, I turned the edges under with a narrow fusible hem tape to hold them down and keep the fabric edges from unraveling.

Border sewn on leaving the piece to be appliquéd.
The pattern recommends cutting away the extra fabric after appliquéing the corners. The sticky, white residue is leftover glue.

I probably wouldn’t have attempted to make this quilt without the help of someone who had made it previously. The class was a lot of fun and the instructor was terrific. I’m very happy with the finished result and I can’t wait to get it quilted (another story) and hang it in my entrance foyer. I’ve been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and make quilts that are more challenging and this one definitely fit that description.

Finished quilt top measures 60″x60″

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