Black Magic

Black Magic by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the October 10, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Black Magic. It was created by Maxine Moore. This quilt recently was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival© exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park, GA

Maxine Moore

Black Magic creates an optical illusion of movement. The illusion is created by the clever placement of different sized squares. Optical illusion quilts work best in highly contrasting fabrics. Maxine chose red and black for her 26 x 26 inch quilt.

Some people may think it’s magic to make a quilt appear to move, but as in all magic, once you know the secret it can all be explained.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

 Tumbling In Space  was featured in the August 30, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was also recently featured in the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show where it was voted first place in the large quilt category by the viewers.

 Tumbling in Space  is an optical illusion quilt. The effect is created by using three shades of the same color fabric. All of the fabrics in Marva’s quilt were hand dyed. Not satisfied with the spectacular fabrics, Marva embellished her quilt with over 1000 crystals to give the quilt its “tumbling in space” effect.

Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson

The blocks in Tumbling in Space were machine pieced by Marva, then hand appliqued on a black background. It was machine quilted by Regina Carter.

Tumbling in Space  measures 72 x 80 inches. Marva finished it in 2009 after the technique was learned in a class taught by Maxine Moore.

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