Sunday, March 30, 2008
Well, as I anticipated, this was a very popular giveaway this week - not suprising, really, as I know the pieces have pretty fabrics and the convergence design is fun. But I have a convergence quilt and can't really see using these for much of anything (though I have hung onto them for several years (not sure quite how many - the book's copyright date is 2003 and I know I bought it fairly early on, though perhaps not right away, if it came out as hardback first, and I did try the technique out almost straight away after buying the book) thinking I might someday use them. But let's face it, it's not going to happen).
A couple of people have asked me about the technique - as it's a new technique, and very individual, rather than my take on something traditional, I don't feel it's appropriate copyright-wise to go into much detail - Ricky Tims' book Convergence Quilts is quite straightforward and easy to understand even if you are a relative beginner in the quilting world. In a nutshell, the technique involves taking several pieces of fabric and slicing them into strips of different widths, then sewing them back together in an alternating pattern, then slicing them the other way and doing the same thing. For the ones I did (above) I used two pairs of fabrics for each of the four squares. That's the nuts & bolts description without much finesse to it, but at least it gives you an idea how they were created. He does a lot more in the book. If you are looking for something a bit different, I think this is fun, not too hard, and very effective on certain types of fabric.
Right, so, I know you are all only reading this to see who the winner is, and I'm pleased to say, congratulations, no 8, I will be sending these pieces on to you! I have your address. [OK, I'll spare you the effort - congratulations to Supermom - hope you enjoy them! And for those of you who don't know her, Supermom is the driving force behind the Four Seasons Quilt Swap and the Spring Fling Round Robin, so is definitely a deserving winner - all that hard work must be building up your good karma!]