An Illusions Sew Along

The Illusions Quilt, designed by Scott Flanagan, is bound appeal to just about anyone who loves to sew beautiful designs with lovely fabric and color. The new 2022 release from Scott and Banyan Batiks is designed as a block-of-the-month type of project. So, whether you are an experienced quilter with several projects in the works or a new quilter just getting your toes wet, the pacing of the project may be just perfect for you.

Illusions Quilt In Progress

The Stitchin’ Den is all in on this project providing the kits, supplies, and support with a year-long sew along. Debi Routh, our resident quilting expert will be our fearless leader and facilitator for the project. Our sew along will occur on the third Friday of each month at 9:00 am Mountain Time beginning January 21st via Zoom. Debi will be sharing tips and covering the different options for the quilt with follow-up sessions in the Facebook group where quilters will have a chance to have their questions answered and post pictures of their progress.

Last week I interviewed Debi about the Illusions Quilt and our upcoming sew along. Quilters, by their nature, are creative people and I asked Debi what drew her to this particular project. She said, “The blocks are so unique. The two row borders inside each block makes the pattern a Wow! Adding the Lustre fabric reminds me of my grandma’s jewelry box.”

When asked if she had sewn other designs by Scott Flanagan, she indicated that although she had not, she had a chance to meet him and his parents at the Quilt-a-Fair in Longmont this past September.

The kit and pattern are designed to be a queen spread or king topper (88" x 112"). There is also an option to divide the blocks and make two twins or a throw.

I asked Debi what skill level a quilter would need to successfully complete the quilt. She replied, “A comfortable beginner would enjoy this pattern. It was written with a variety of techniques and options for simpler piecing. It’s always great to try something new, and it’s only one block. Quilters, this quilt isn’t hard, but it will take a little more time than just strip piecing."

With the right tools, 3 hours should be enough time to complete a block.” She also recommends reading through the pattern before beginning. You can save time by being prepared. And, just an additional hint, “A well running machine, makes the quilter happy. Clean and oil your machine as your manual recommends for your machine. Also, you’d be surprised at the difference a new needle makes. I recommend at least three needle changes during the piecing of this quilt.”

Debi Making Illusions Quilt

Debi recommends that quilters should definitely plan to quilt the top, once all the blocks are sewn together. The seams can use the extra stability. “I don’t backstitch my seams; the quilting takes care of them. Hand quilting would look amazing, but very few people have that much time. This would also look amazing with custom quilting. I will most likely do an all over quilting design and just let the piecing shine. A recommendation for someone quilting on a household machine, diagonal lines about ½” apart,” Debi said.

You still have time to get your Illusions Sampler Block of the Month, although quantities are limited. The kit includes:

  • Illusions Pattern
  • Fabric to complete the Quilt Top
  • Inner Border Fabric
  • Outer Border and Binding Fabric. Choose one of three color options (Burgundy, Purple, or Teal)
  • Exclusive Wide Backing Fabric 
  • The opportunity to join in a year-long Sew Along with The Stitchin' Den Staff which includes a monthly Friday (third Friday of each month) Morning Zoom Meeting (FREE at no charge to you!)
  • A pop-up monitored Facebook page specific to The Stitchin' Den Illusion Block of the Month.  Participants can share pictures of their progress on blocks, share tips and tricks and ask questions.

We look forward to sewing along with you in 2022!