For quilters coming over from the MQG, welcome! I hope you have a chance to take a look around my little blog including some of my recent finishes and mystery quilt (in the tabs above). You can also find me over on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.
I came up with the design for Use Your Illusion when I was playing with idea of echoed diamonds in EQ7 and then started randomly erasing some of the lines. I loved the resultant effect with the partial and full geometric diamonds set on negative space. The quilt reminded me of the 1990's Guns 'N Roses song "Use Your Illusion", so that is how it earned its name.
Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane quilted this quilt for me. This is the first quilt I have ever had long arm quilted and Abby did such a wonderful job. I wanted a curved quilting pattern to contrast with the straight lines of the piecing, but I wanted the curved quilting to be precise (my quilting with my domestic machine always has an organic, more random feel to it). I picked out a figure 8 pattern that I think gives the quilt texture without taking away from the piecing.
This pattern is totally paper pieced which gives such precision to the quilt top. (It is a lot to paper piece, but the paper piecing is very beginner friendly having only straight parallel pieces.)
In case you love the design but do not want to commit to a lap size (56" x 56"), the pattern also contains instructions for a wall quilt (35" x 35"). The paper pieced templates and quilt top are designed so that all of the seams within the quilt top nest for perfect points and less bulk in the seams.
Here are just a couple more pictures of the finish. This is one of my favorite quilts I have made, thanks for taking a look!
I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Sewjo @ My Go Go Life, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.