Have you ever set out to make something only to have it morph and change as you go…ending in something so.much.better? So goes the story of Convergence.
About six months ago, I decided to join the Austin Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. It’s been a wonderful experience to meet and hang out with other quilters in my area and be inspired to step outside of my comfort zone in creating and quilting. So when the Riley Blake Challenge was announced, I decided to take the opportunity to stretch myself in a few areas. After several months, an idea was birthed; a sketch was made, fabric pulled.
Then I took the plunge, starting with some improv curves.
My original plan was to create wonky improv pinwheel type shapes in different sizes moving across the bottom of the quilt, but while building the individual pieces, I found the circular shapes more aesthetically pleasing. The background fabric is one I had never used before, Kona Nightfall, and I really love the way it blends with the shapes, especially with a few pops color from Kona Curry, Cerise, and Tulip.
After creating the circular shapes, I was a bit perplexed on how to lay them out. I tried so many that even my husband decided to give it a go, bless his heart!
Once we settled on the placement, it was time for the quilting. I made the daunting choice to give Matchstick Quilting a try and I am so, so glad I did!
While ridiculously time consuming (ummm 10 hours people!!), it gives just the effect I was going for in the negative space…adding just the right amount of color and texture. By using different colors, it created the look of woven fabric instead of just a plain solid background, providing a depth and beauty to the overall design.
Thanks to the Modern Quilt Guild and Riley Blake for allowing me the opportunity to grow in my skills and push past my own limitations to create something of which I am so proud!
Anyone else submit something to the challenge?? Let me know, I would love to check it out!
Pattern: improv curve patchwork (Tutorial for this kind of patchwork can be found here.)
Materials: variety of Kona solids and Riley Blake prints per the challenge requirements
Techniques: machined pieced; matchstick quilting in lines about 1/8″ – 1/4″ apart; hand-bound
Finished size: 37.5″ x 43″
Started: February 7, 2014
Finished: February 13, 2014