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Workshops - Patchwork Illusions (6 hour virtual class)

Patchwork Illusions (6 hour virtual class)


Visual depth has fascinated artists for centuries, Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make quilts with a 3-D look.  In the class, you will learn how to create many different quilts using these 3-D cubes. 


Frankly, this is Karen's favorite class because it is so easy to create truly amazing quilts of illusion.  You won't believe all the design options with these beautiful 3-D cubes. Let Karen share her secrets, so you may become a master of illusion!




More examples from this class can be seen by clicking here.




Supply list (virtual class)

PATCHWORK ILLUSIONS Pattern: $18, includes handouts and rotary templates.)

Students MUST order the pattern and templates for class.  You can order it here from Karen's webstore.  


IMPORTANT:  If you are taking this virtual class with a guild, check with your program chair for your guild's special supply list or email Karen by clicking here:

Karen has created a supply list created just for your guild with a discount code to order your pattern and a priviate video to watch about fabric selection.  When emailing, let Karen know the name of your guild and the date of the class so she can add you to the class role. 


 Due to slow mail, to ensure delivery please order  7-10 business days before class.  Less than that, we can't guarantee delivery in time for class. 


  • Rotary cutter and Rotary mat (medium size)
  • Rotary ruler 6"x12 and 6"x24"
  • Small rotary ruler such as 1" x 6" or similar size
  • Pencil or favorite marking tool
  • Sewing supplies you like to use: pins, thread snips, pins
  • 1/4" Quilter's Tape or Omni-grid Glow Tape (We will be using a small piece)
  • 1/2 to 1 yard flannel or thin cotton batting to use as a design wall
  • Sewing machine (light gray thread, bobbins, needles, ¼” foot)
  • Can of Magic Sizing or light spray sizing (sizing available in laundry aisle of grocery store) or small bottle of Best Press
  • Freezer Paper (optional, will talk about, you can use later if you wish)



  • Red and Green Value tools (available on Karen's webstore here)
  • Patchwork Illusion kit (contains pattern, templates, handouts, Value Viewer and two different yards of gradated fabrics. Be sure to list your favorite colors in the customer comment when ordering and Karen will make sure to create your kit with your favorites.   Available here. )


FABRIC:  Each cube will be made up of two different color families.  After choosing the two color families you wish to use, select a light, medium and dark of each color.  

Make sure the fabric is not a busy fabric, more tone on tone.   

A fat quarter or so is fine for each value.  Each cube can be a different set of color families if you wish.

You can use Karen's gradated fabric in this class. (You can see them here.


Karen will be sending you an email about a week before class with some class prep and other class details.   


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