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Playing with Convergence Quilts

Ricky Tims published his Convergence Quilts book in 2003.  I was brainstorming with Jolene at Quilters Common trying to come up with a good idea for a workshop.  She mentioned that she had seen some Harmonic Convergence quilts on the internet, perhaps Pinterest?   So of course I did some researching as soon as I got home and discovered his book.  I checked a copy of the book out from the incredible New England Quilt Museum research and lending library.  (I volunteer there on Thursdays).  The book has a lot of interesting projects to try, but the trick is finding the right fabric combinations.  I found his original Harmonic Convergence project the easiest to work with.  In fact I found it so easy that I could hardly stop picking out fabrics and making them.  It is fun and easy to put these stunning little quilts together.  Here are the ones I have put together (so far!)

Here is a pictorial overview of the process:

Start with four 16″ squares.  Sew them together is pairs, layer the four squares and then cut strips increasing in size by half an inch from 1″ to 3 1/2″.  For the quilt in the photos there was enough fabric left over, so I cut an extra 1″ strip and used it as a border.

Open up the strips and then rearrange them as shown here (click to zoom in on any of these photos).

Looking at the photos of my finished quilt tops above, I am going to point out that on my turquoise and red quilt the strips are not arranged correctly!  Can you see what I did wrong?  Does it matter???

Once the strips are arranged CORRECTLY, sew them all together.  When I was pressing the seams, I rotated or twilled the seams so that half of the seam was pressed to one side and the other to the opposite side.  Trust me, do this and it will be much easier to sew the second go round of strips together, because everything will nest together nicely and increase your accuracy.  If you want these to end up pressed to the dark side then remember to press to the light side when you are first sewing your squares together in pairs …. I did not do this in the example … live and learn!

Once the strips are pressed, rotate the fabric panel, and cut strips again increasing in size from 1″ to 3 1/2″, plus the extra 1″ strip if you are including the border,

 

Rearrange them and sew them together again to complete your Harmonic Convergence square.

I finished one of mine on point, two of the others with borders, and the bright solid colored one is finished with some modern asymmetrical negative space.

I am I the process of quilting these, and finding they are a great way to practice my free motion quilting.

I designed my modern convergence in Electric Quilt 8 and printed an outline of the quilt to draw out my quilt plan.  I will update this post when my quilts are finished.

 

 

 

 

Finished Quilts!!

I have some finished quilts!  There are posts about these quilts so I need to share with everyone.

This is a Block of the Month quilt designed by Antoinette at Quilters Common 

I was working on this in my Modern vs. Reproduction post, but it is decidedly  a Contemporay Quilt.  I am still working on the reproduction version, which is probably still too brown for some people! 😉

Next up is my Kaleidoscope Magic Quilt.  This one has Kaleidoscope blocks where every other piece is the back of the fabric.  Can you see what I mean?

 

And did I ever show you my finished Slice and Dice Piecing quilt?

Ofcourse I have still not quilted my Dear Jane quilt.  I am thinking about it, though!

Sashing Stash Challenge

I signed up for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Sashing Stash Challenge this past winter.  The 3/4 yard piece of black and white fabric was given to me in March.  I had until the end of May to put a quilt together.

I went with a combination of traditional blocks and some improvised blocks that used up just about all of the fabric I received.  I have always wanted to make an Ocean Wave quilt, but all those teeny tiny half square triangles!  The Sashing Stash certainly made it easy to put an Ocean Wave block together.

Once I got my blocks and layout figured out I put the top together and then it was on to the final challenge of quilting.  I am very comfortable with my pantographs on my longarm machine, but I want to move on to more free motion quilting.  This was my most adventurous attempt so far.  I definitely need more practice, especially with those little circles, but it was fun and I am excited to do more on the other side of my quilt frame!

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Slice and Dice Piecing

I am working on a quilt with blocks that are based on a technique in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The book has some great ideas and illustrations, but I thought it might help to see step by step photos.  The tricky part is matching up the first set of strips after the second set has been added.  I drew a seam line to help line things up when pinning.

My plan is to make a quilt with these blocks alternating with square in a square blocks.

 

 

Piecing with Improvisation

Here are three quilt block tutorials that I put together for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild BOM.

These tutorials all have improvisational techniques, but they also let you be a little precise if you want to be.

This tutorial lets you practice curved piecing: Curves Ahead

Curvy

Curvy

With this one you can try paper piecing without worrying about things being too perfect: Playing with Paper

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And this tutorial lets you improvise with strips of fabric: Fenced In

October

Modern vs. Reproduction

I am in the middle of a Block of the Month at Quilters Common in Wakefield, MA.  Antoinette is offering 3 colorways: Blues, Brights, and Traditional.  I love reproduction fabrics, so I went with the traditional colorway, but I am also digging into my stash and making a set of blocks with my modern/contemporary fabrics.

This is what I have so far.  I have set up both colorways side by side on my design wall with the setting squares for a comparison.  For those folks who think traditional/reproduction is all browns and boring … guess what … it is not!!  Old quilts are often brown because the dye in the fabrics has faded.  The reproduction fabrics have brought back all the glorious colors that were in your great great (great?) grandmother’s quilts when they were new and they compare quite well with the modern fabrics.  Both quilts will be full of color.

My plan for both quilts is to use half blocks for an inner border and also a 9″ outer border.  The finished quilts will be 90″ x 90″.

Quilt Plan

Here is a 48″ x 48″ portion of what the tops will look like.  Notice two of the star blocks are the same pattern? I did not like the first one, so I made a second one. The top one will go in the quilt.  The other may end up on the back of the quilt.

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These will be WIPs for quite a few more months, but I’m glad I got a head start on the setting blocks!

Improvising with Scraps

It certainly has been quite a while, but I finally have time to post again!  Back in March I brought my improvised scrappy blocks to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Retreat and put a quilt top together.

I finished this quilt a couple of months ago on my long arm.

Improvised scrappy

The back of the quilt has a few of the blocks, too.

 

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I am still saving my scraps and sorting them by color, but maybe I should throw them all in together and try a different approach next time! No matter what, it is a great way to be thrifty and also environmentally green.  Reuse, recycle, and don’t waste any of your precious fabric!