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Optical Illusion Blog Hop

Hello everyone! We’re talking about a brand new book filled with exciting quilt designs from nine modern quilters called Optical Illusions. They took on the challenge to design a quilt with a strong optical illusion that is distinctively modern, and the results are pretty incredible. 
Today, we’re showcasing Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting‘s Old Dutch quilt from the book. Melissa started quilting about 10 years ago, and for the past few years, her hobby turned into a passion. She’s a regular contributor on the Jolly Jabber, joining our blog hops, and sharing her wonderful creations with our patterns! 

Her block, Old Dutch was inspired by a field of windmills. How gorgeous is this?
The spiral quilting just adds to the optical illusion.
Here’s a little peek of other quilts in the book and head on over to My Stars Quilts to see more. 
To celebrate this new book, we are giving away the Naptime Bella Solids Fat Quarter Bundle! This bundle is an exclusive Bella Solids bundle at our shop and  a great way to start any project in this book. To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is let us know which of the nine authors are you most excited to learn from in the comments section. The winner will be announced on November 18th, 2014. 

And the winner is…. Jamie Lee Cooley
Thank you so much for joining us and tune in next time for more fun on the Jolly Jabber! 


  1. I love this book. I'm most excited about Jennifer Dick. I really love them all though. I'm also excited to read what Angela Waters has to say.

  2. I am excited for all of them but I know that Melissa Corry writes patterns that are great and easy to follow and I love her design in this book

  3. I always enjoy learning more about Angela Walters and how she decides to quilt something. But I am also discovering new designers that I want to follow while on this hop.

  4. I'm not familiar with any of the authors, but I love that retake on the Storm at Sea! So whoever made that is the one I am most interested in 🙂

  5. I would really enjoy learning from Melissa Corry, I am an avid reader of her blog. This looks like a terrific book and is bringing me over to modern quilting !

  6. I don't know that I have a favorite, probably because I don't know any of these quilters yet, but I plan to add each of them to my blog feed! I love the look of these quilts!

  7. I learn and am amazed at Melissa's creativity daily. She is absolutely the best DIL (along with my other 5 DILs and daughters) I could ever dream of. And she is a great wife and mother! THanks.

  8. I love Melissa Corey as she was one of the first websites I found when I started my quilting journey.

  9. Some of these designers are new to me and I am not familiar with them; while there are a couple that I recognize their names but do not know them well, so it will be interesting to learn more about each!! Thanks!!

  10. I've actually never heard of the other authors besides Melissa Corry. I've used quite a few of her tutorials and done one of her quilt slings and I've never been disappointed. She always has great instructions! I would like to read Angela Walters's introduction too!

  11. I love the Old Dutch so I'm saying Melissa Cory.
    Modern is a new view for me so I'm enjoying looking atall of their blogs. Thanks for the give a way. rjc2cam(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I love following Melissa Corry's blog. I am loving this blog hop so far and finding new blogs is always a good thing. Thanks for the chance!
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  13. I love Jaime David's quilt, as well as the one Jennifer Dick made, so I'm very excited about learning from them. And of course, Angela Walters!!!!

  14. As a longarm quilter who wants to make every quilt in this book, I am super interested to see what Angela Walters has to say about the quilting of them!

  15. Since this Old Dutch quilt is something I would make, I would like to read more about Melissa Corry. Thank you
    jlblvn at gmail dot com

  16. Katie Larson's quilt is the epitome of quilting optical illusions. I'm really looking forward to her day. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. I don't think I could pick just one of the authors as a "favorite". The thing I like about books with several authors is the variety of projects and perspectives. So inspiring!

  18. I'm looking forward to seeing Melissa Corry's & Jacquie Gering's contributions to this awesome "Optical Illusions…" modern quilting book. I've learned a lot from both of them already.
    Thanks for this giveaway opportunity! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

  19. I follow Melissa's blog and always enjoy learning things from her, but I am also interested in learning from Angela Walters. Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. What a lovely bundle! Honestly I am too new to quilting to know any of these authors, so all of them!! What I've seen about this book is fantastic!

  21. I like the idea of Angela Walters discussing how the quilting can enhance the quilt. I am building up to quilting my own quilts. 🙂

  22. Saying "all of them" would be taking the easy way out, wouldn't it? I'll say Jennifier Dick, having seen her amazing quilt for the first time today and being mesmerized by it.

  23. I love Melissa Corry's Old Dutch quilt. I would love to learn more about her and see more of her quilts.
    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

  24. Melissa Corry. I am amazed at her ability to produce such wonderful quilts and patchwork projects. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suegribble at gmail dot com

  25. I made a table runner based on one of Jenifer Dicks modern blocks and would love to know about her style. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  26. Melissa Cory's old Dutch quilt is really gorgeous, so I would pick her first, but I'd love to check out all the others. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  27. Most of the authors are new to me, so there's a lot of opportunity to learn something new. I follow Melissa Correy's blog and really enjoy how she takes the traditional and creates fun interesting quilts with a modern flavor.

  28. I always love hearing from Melissa Corry. She is so down to earth. But I'm not as familiar with most of the other authors, so it would be great to hear from one of them!

  29. So many talented designers…I'd have to choose Melissa Corry since I really enjoy her style. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

  30. I am not familiar with many of these quilters – so it would be fun to learn from all of them. Love the Melissa Cory quilt pictured!

  31. They all have so much to offer it is hard to choose just one. But I would pick Angela Walters – I find the actual quilting part of the process to be the most daunting. I need an expert! Thanks for sharing! notwendy gmail

  32. Melissa Corry is one of my favorite designers/bloggers. She has such a great sense of color that I wish I could shadow her for a day to learn her secrets.

  33. All are great, but love Melissa Cory.
    Great designs, would be really "out of the box" for me, a challenge for sure.

  34. I still cherish wonderful optical illusions designs from the early b/w Quilters Newsletters. These new designs are inspiring me to get out the graph paper again. Thanks.

  35. I don't know these authors YET but I am loving the Illusions quilts I've seen popping up everywhere, I really like the diamond shapes quilt.
    Jeri oldtismeataoldotcom

  36. I think I've only heard of one of the nine designers, so if notoriety is a winner, then Melissa Corry…but otherwise, all of them…coz ALL the quilts so far are just stunning.

    Thanks for the chance to win.


  37. I follow Melissa Corry's blog and enjoy reading it so much. She has great tutorials and quilting videos that are easy to understand. I love quilts that have optical illusions in them and Melissa's as well as the others look amazing.

  38. I love learning from Melissa Corry: she is so nice and has some great quilt patterns!! Thanks for the chance to win such lovely solids!!

  39. Hiya!!! Although I'm not much into modern quilts, this looks very interesting. I especially love the Tangerine Tumbler, by Mary Kay Fosnacht. It reminds me of doing shaded drawings of buildings when I was studying Architecture in college. Thanks so much for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

  40. I especially like the Surf's Up quilt by Karen Hanson. Love the curves and the block style. I need to learn curves.

    Thanks for the chance.

  41. Hmmm…I know I'd love them all and would learn an enormous amount from each one. But I think I would love to hear from Katie Larson first!

  42. The designer I am most excited to hear from is Melissa Corry. I always am drawn to her designs. I must admit that I am not familiar with most of the designers featured in the book so to find out more about each is wonderful. I do love Angela Walters' quilting and do know lots about her and her work. Thanks for the blog hop and the chance to enter a giveaway.

  43. This book looks fascinating and I can't wait to read it. I like Melissa Corry' quilt and her style.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  44. I would have to say Melissa Corey because she's the only one on the list who's work I know – but I'm sure I could learn a lot from any one of them. It looks like such a fascinating book.