Saturday, October 18, 2008

Orchid Convergence

At the last Arizona quilting retreat, one of the activities was learning how to make a convergence quilt from Ricky Tims technique. Not knowing if I would like this technique - you never know till you are done with the piece if the fabrics you have picked 'work' for a convergence - I used some sample pieces that I had gotten in a Rosie's Quilt Cupboard run a few months earlier. The orchid fabric came in two sizes and I thought that might make the convergence look more coordinated...picked out a green and a black from the pile of sample fabric and made the convergence top at retreat. Its been sitting in a zip bag as a PIGZ (Project in a Gallon Zippy) with its backing and batting since I got home..kind of buried in the stuff on top of my cutting table..I was looking for a cable template that I wanted to use on the Butterfly Heart...and found the bag..but no cable template (I ended up free handing the cables..) Thursday afternoon, I was in the mood for a little machine quilting, and this was calling to me...so I added the borders, fused the scraps of the orchid material and trimmed out what orchids I could, arranged them on the borders, fused them in place and quilted the center of the quilt! The next day I added the viney leaf quilting to the border, and the binding..Went together very quickly! And..I like it!



















Here is a detail of the larger orchid in the corner:

6 comments:

rianammerman said...

I like it too! Nice to see you blogging again.

Sheri said...

Wow! Beautiful.
Sheri

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tarot readers said...

great works.very impression!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I really like the way you put the orchids on the corners. I saw a demo a couple of weeks ago on Broderie Perse (what you did!) by Irma Gail Hatcher who has won the Paducah International Quilt Contest twice and who does lots of that. She does most by hand but also some by machine. It really intrigues me and if I can just get my UFOs finished (my goal for 2009) I'm going to try it. blessings, marlene

Nanci said...

I absolutely love polka dots. I know that they are hard to find here in Canada, and am constantly looking for them.
I love what you have done...and of course the dots.