Create a beautiful illusion with this perspectives block. When the blocks are put together circles appear, but there are no curved seams. The block utilizes two different size triangles to create this illusion.
The tutorial is a FREE download below!
The Perspectives Block
I created this block using a vector drawing program.
It took quite a bit of trial and error, especially with the point triangles to sew the block. In this finished block, the dimensions not quite right, but I’ve since adjusted the measurements.
Figuring out how to square up the four side yellow, purple and green blocks as well as the four point blocks was also difficult.
I like to make slightly larger blocks and trim them down to size. I’m pretty good about making a consistent 1/4″ seam, but can usually perfect the block in the trimming process. And, I think I’ve figured out a process to trim everything.
I’m not to keen on the purple in this block, but I do like the design. And, I really like the design it makes in a whole quilt.
A block becomes a quilt
One set of 4″ squares are done.
Two more are cut.
One more to cut (not photographed).
My Quilt with Fabrics
I sewed this quilt using a variety of fabrics I had in my fabric stash. I wanted to keep to the color scheme in my drawing, for the most part.
I love the effect of the circle illusion. All seams are straight seams, but the angles of the triangles make curved lines appear.
I love how the circles intersect each other like a kaleidoscope quilt. You can either see circles or, if you pull back a bit, flower-petal-like curves. Because the picture is taken from so far away, it looks great, but up close, my seams don’t match up as well as my prefectionist self would like.
Here are a few different layouts with different color options.
This one really accentuates the circle affect.
How to Download the Perspectives Block Tutorial
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Have You Made This Block?
If you make this block, I’d love to see it. Feel free to leave a link to your blog post or photo of it in the comments below!