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Jan. 12 - Convergence Quilts 2
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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 11:30 AM (#1953)
Subject: Jan. 12 - Convergence Quilts 2



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I suggest you take a look at the pics of Nawma's convergence, and this one of mine, and then decide what you want yours to look like. You can even do something completely different, to make it look more like one of the links we posted earlier. The fact is, with convergence quilts the magic unfolds as you do it, and you never know what it is going to look like. The best thing to do is to read through all 4 threads about Convergence Quilts here, and look at the pics posted and the links given, and let your muse lead you. Nawma and I each decided the convergence to do based on the fabrics we had.

If you enjoy this project, Convergence Quilts - developed by Ricky Timms , I highly recommend purchasing the book on it.  You can buy his book at here.

Here is another pic of mine before the border. I used 3 fabrics, but this can be easily adapted to 2 fabrics or 4. (I will post pics with each of my posts to this thread, more coming momentarily.)





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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 11:41 AM (#1955 - in reply to #1953)
Subject: RE: Convergence Quilts 2



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First, take a look at the fabrics you have picked out. For this type of convergence, you need to lay them out in a four-patch type design (2 rows, 2 columns, equal squares). The squares for your four patch should range from 12"-16" (I used 15" and my inner block turned out about 25").

Here are a few tips:

If you have coordinating colors, put them diagonally from each other.
If you have two light colors and two dark colors, put them diagonally from each other.
If you have one light color, put it in the bottom left or bottom right corner to draw the eye.

Once you decide on placement, get ready to cut out your four squares. For the measurements and design I used, I knew the bigger pieces would be in the corners so I arranged my focus Dog fabric where there was a good picture of a dog I liked in the bottom left corner of my square (since that piece was in the bottom left corner of my convergence).

Cut your squares to your desired size, 12"-16" square each, your choice. Then put some type of mark across the top of both of the top squares with your temporary fabric pens. I drew a line 1/8 inch from the edge with my white chalk, across the top of my top two pieces. This will help you keep things straight.

Sew your top and bottom square on the left together, and do the same with the right. Here is a pic of mine around this step. (I have some strips cut already in this pic, but you can see the alignement of my "four patch" and that I sewed two seams).

Here is the original layout I chose for my four patch.





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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 11:51 AM (#1958 - in reply to #1955)
Subject: RE: Convergence Quilts 2



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After you have sewn the left two pieces together and the right two pieces together (don't forget to mark the top of your top two fabrics so you can keep yourself oriented later in the life of this quilt project) then you are ready to cut. Don't press your seam yet, and leave your pieces folded together after sewing the seam. You are ready to cut your strips.

For my project, I chose a strip width gradiation that went from the inside out of the project - that is, smaller pieces in the middle of the project, larger ones on the outside. I cut from the right to left of my left side with these measuremets for the strips, in order: 1" - 1.5" - 2" - 2.5" - 3" - leftover. The leftover will be a different width, depending on the size of your origninal four squares. I cut the same measurements on the right side, starting on the inside left edge and gradiating to the right. The pics help explain this gradiation.

(As you can see from the pics, my two pieces on the left and those on the right have been sewn together and the seam has not been pressed - they are still laying together, right sides together... clear as mud? This makes it easier to cut your strips.)





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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 11:55 AM (#1959 - in reply to #1958)
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Once you have cut your strips, unfold each piece like in this picture. Don't press seams yet.



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Posted 2008-01-12 12:03 PM (#1962 - in reply to #1959)
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Now it is time to start converging!!! (Make sure your strips all have your mark at the top, the one you drew to indicate where your top is.)

Number your strips from left to right, starting with 1 and ending with twelve. Then converge like so:

Move   6    between    11 and 12
Move   5    between    10 and 11
Move   4    between     9 and 10
Move   3    between     8 and 9
Move   2    between     7  and 8
1 should be where it goes now

You have the first half positioned! Here are a few pics to demonstrate as I converged.





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Emma
Posted 2008-01-12 12:03 PM (#1963 - in reply to #1953)
Subject: Re: Convergence Quilts 2



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jess, I just got home from a supposley quik trip to store what should have been 1 hour turned into 3 and looked at the instructions. I don't have a marking pen or chalk do you have any suggestions. I am going to read thru the instructions but I will have to make a trip to store for marker, it looks like I shouldn't try this without one. What is your thought??? Love your block.

Miki
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nawma
Posted 2008-01-12 12:06 PM (#1964 - in reply to #1963)
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Miki you could just put a pin in the top of the strips and wouldn't have to worry about marking them, or you could mark them with a pencil as this will be in the seam allowance anyway.

Connie

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Emma
Posted 2008-01-12 12:11 PM (#1965 - in reply to #1953)
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Thank Connie I have the same fabric that jess used. I feel somewhat behind the game I am going to use Jess measurment get my sq. cut and sewn and than check back.

Here Goes !!!!!
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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 12:12 PM (#1966 - in reply to #1962)
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Time to press your seams in opposite directions. You can finger press, but I used my iron. You want to be able to but these edges together as you sew the pieces together. While it is not vital that these seams be perfect (they will be removed from the poject) you do want to come close.

Start sewing your pieces together, until the whole bit is sewn together in the order that you have it layed out. Here is how I sewed mine:





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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 12:31 PM (#1967 - in reply to #1966)
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Now, lay out the project so your registration line that you marked is at the top. Turn your project clockwise so that the registration line you drew at the top is now down the right hand side.

You should Have a seam running vertically now where you sewed all of your pieces together. You should cut 1/4" on either side of that seam, and remove the piece from your project. Toss it in your scrap bin for the crazy scrap block project. Grin!

Now you have two sides again, a left and right side of the piece you just removed. Cut your graduated pieces out just like you did before, going from the inside out on both pieces. Here are some pics of mine

Remember, smaller pieces in the middle of the project, larger ones on the outside. I cut from the right to left of my left side with these measuremets for the strips, in order: 1" - 1.5" - 2" - 2.5" - 3" - leftover. The leftover will be a different width, depending on the size of your origninal four squares. I cut the same measurements on the right side, starting on the inside left edge and gradiating to the right. This should be just like you cut before. Here is a pic of mine just after the cutting.





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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 12:34 PM (#1968 - in reply to #1967)
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Number your new strips from left to right, starting with 1 and ending with twelve. Then converge like so:

Move   6    between    11 and 12
Move   5    between    10 and 11
Move   4    between     9 and 10
Move   3    between     8 and 9
Move   2    between     7  and 8
1 should be where it goes now

You have the second part converged! Here are pics of mine at this step as I started to converge and when I had all the pieces put into place.





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Posted 2008-01-12 12:44 PM (#1969 - in reply to #1968)
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At this point, you probably want to press the seams on every other strip in the opposite direction so that you can line your seams up better when sewing. This time you do want to match those seams up as well as you are able. Sew the strips together, just as you did before.

Here are a couple of pics as I went along.





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Posted 2008-01-12 12:52 PM (#1970 - in reply to #1969)
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Once you have sewn all of these strips together, turn your project back where your top registration line is at the top, and voila!

Congratulations!! Your quilt is converged. I hope the magic unfolded for you, just as it did for me.

I really wanted to frame my convergence before I put the borders on, so I cut a 1" strip of black fabric and placed a small frame border around mine (it finishes at 1/2" and is very nice). Here is a pic of mine converged and with the small border. 

Here is mine:





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Emma
Posted 2008-01-12 12:52 PM (#1971 - in reply to #1953)
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Okay I started cutting my fabric left to right doing the 3, 2.5, 2, and than realized I should have cut from the right starting with 1 in. will it make any difference it if do large pieces on each side and smaller piece in the middle. (does that make sense.) I guess what I mean does it have to go from small to large or can the strip be whatever ? (does that even make sense. :):)
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Jess
Posted 2008-01-12 12:54 PM (#1972 - in reply to #1971)
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No worries Miki! You can do that. Just keep track of how you cut them so you can cut them again with the same measurements.
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