I have always been fascinated by how the illusion of 3D is created on a 2D surface, whether that surface be a simple piece of paper, an artist’s substrate, a piece of fabric, a quilt or any other ‘flat’ surface. That probably explains why I have always been in awe of anyway who can draw realistically and my love of M C Escher drawings. My realistic drawing skills are somewhat limited, though I do admit to being able to draw a good ‘stick figure’ person – though only on a particularly creative day 🙂
When I first began quilting, Card Trick was one of the first 3D blocks I came across and I have loved it ever since. Card Trick and Tumbling Blocks – I love the ‘Tumbling Blocks’ block as well. I was looking for a particular image of a Sampler Quilt I designed and created for a workshop that I taught. I found the mage I was looking for but whilst searching, I came across an image of another Sampler Quilt. I also designed and created this quilt for another workshop that I taught. Interestingly, both quilts have the Card Trick block in them 🙂
Sampler Quilt A and Sampler Quilt B shown below are obviously the same pattern but in different fabrics. The top right block of Sampler Quilt C is the ‘Tumbling Blocks’ block. It is also know as ‘Baby Blocks’.
Back to the Card Trick Blackwork Design
With my love of the Card Trick block, how could I not create a Blackwork design featuring this block. It just had to be 🙂 This patterns uses 5 different blackwork filler patterns. Other than the obvious filler patterns in each ‘card’, I have also added another filler pattern to add texture to the background. If you prefer, you can simply not work the background filler pattern.
Card Trick’ is now available for purchase and immediate download on my Etsy Store here. Please take a leisurely stroll through my other patterns in my Etsy Store. I have a range of Cross Stitch and Blackwork patterns available in several differnet ‘series’ of designs.
A Few More Details
The images below show part of the chart along with the key. The finished stitched size of the design area of ‘Card Trick’ is approximately 6.5″ x 6.5″ based on 14ct fabric. Approximate sizes for other count fabrics are also included on the chart.