Free Pattern: AQS Bento Box Illusion Quilt

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As part of the Quilt 2018 – Optical Illusion Project we offer this head-spinning pattern for inspiration. Be sure to check out the project details.

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AQS Bento Box Illusion Quilt

48″ x 48″

Fabric Requirements:

Blue: 1 1/2 yards

Orange: 1 1/4 yards

White: 2 1/3 yards

 

Cutting Instructions:

From the blue fabric, cut:

(128) 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 3″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 1″ x 1″ squares

 

From the orange fabric, cut:

(128) 3″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(128) 1″ x 1″ squares

 

From the white fabric, cut: 

(128) 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(256) 3″ x 1″ rectangles

(256) 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(256) 2″ x 1″ rectangles

(256) 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangles

(256) 1″ x 1″ squares

Block Assembly:

Step 1: Sew a white 1″ square to an orange 1″ square. Repeat this process. Sew the two units together to make a four patch. Make 64.

 

Step 2: Sew a white 1″ square to a blue 1″ square. Sew this to the left side of the four patch unit made in step 1.

Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 1″ square. Sew this to the bottom of the four patch unit. 

Sew a blue 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a white 1″ square. Sew this to the right side of the four patch unit.

Sew a blue 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a white 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the top of the four patch unit. 

Continue this process, adding round one to the remaining blocks.

 

Step 3: Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the left side of the four patch unit added to in step two. 

Sew an orange 2″ x 1″ rectangle to a white 1 1/2″ x 1 rectangle. Sew this to the bottom of the four patch unit. 

Sew a white 2″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 1 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the right side of the four patch unit.

Sew a white 2″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the top of the four patch unit.

Continue this process, adding round two to the remaining blocks.

 

Step 4: Sew a white 2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the left side of the four patch unit added to in step three. 

Sew a white 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 2″ x 1 rectangle. Sew this to the bottom of the four patch unit. 

Sew a white 2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the right side of the four patch unit.

Sew a white 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the top of the four patch unit.

Continue this process, adding round three to the remaining blocks.

 

Step 5: Sew a white 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the left side of the four patch unit added to in step four. 

Sew an orange 3″ x 1″ rectangle to a white 2 1/2″ x 1 rectangle. Sew this to the bottom of the four patch unit. 

Sew a white 3″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 2 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the right side of the four patch unit.

Sew a white 3″ x 1″ rectangle to an orange 3″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the top of the four patch unit.

Continue this process, adding round four to the remaining blocks.

 

Step 6: Sew a white 3″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 3″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the left side of the four patch unit added to in step five. 

Sew a white 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 3″ x 1 rectangle. Sew this to the bottom of the four patch unit. 

Sew a white 3″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the right side of the four patch unit.

Sew a white 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle to a blue 3 1/2″ x 1″ rectangle. Sew this to the top of the four patch unit.

Continue this process, adding round five to the remaining blocks.

 

Quilt Assembly:

Sew 8 blocks into a row. Carefully check the pattern for orientation.

Continue until all rows are sewn. Sew the rows together to complete the quilt top. 

Layer the backing and batting, right sides together, on the front of the quilt. Sew around the edges leaving a hole for turning on one side.

Turn the quilt right side out taking special care at the corners.

Slip stitch the turning hole closed.

Quilt as desired.

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Sue Faris

I love this Bento Box block. How much material/# of blocks would I need to make a top for a 16×16″ pillow?

this looks so hard to do – when looking @ it – but it is not – love it HAHAHAHA – thanks so very much

Jeanne

I love how complete and clear your directions are! Thank you.

Jolana

Wouldn’t this be much simpler to make (fewer cuts) just making each color set as you would a log cabin block and then cutting them in to fourths and repiecing them? Or am I missing something?