Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop


I would like to thank CARLA @ Creatie In The Sticks for hosting this Hop.    Here in the Nor' East we are use to lot of snow and bitter cold.  No matter were you are or your weather, there is a time that you just need to recoup and breath.  A crisp bit of refresh that many need.  I hope this Hop gives you that bit of crisp.


Long ago I took a class on Ricky Tims' technique called "convergence" and wanted to revisit making another piece.  I found this Hop was the perfect time to play with this again.


There are a lot of U-Tubes and tutorials on-line, but for respect to the book and designer I am going skip any tutorial.  I will just highlight a few steps.  This is the most basic of his designs to start with and you just need four 14" squares to start with.  Since this is a 'blue' hop, I am using just two colors - blue and white.


Sew your initial squares together, sub-cut, mix them up, and sew them back together.    Just straight line stitching that goes rather quick.  Again, for more detail instructions - look on-line or better yet, get the book.


Then you turn that piece and sub-cut again, mix them up, and stitch again.  With each section work you have the 'end' cut-offs that you use later.


My center piece with the end cut-offs laid out.  You can easily use them to finish off your piece or work with something different.


As you can see, I opted to change my setting with a dark blue stop border and cornered wide border with my main colors.  I quilted with just lots of staight lines in white thread.  A fun little project to beat the blues.

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Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


51 comments:

  1. And a great result too... love it...xox

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  2. I have that book!!! I love the look of yours in blue...so crisp and clean!! I think I need to make another one of them now!

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  3. So fun. I've never used that technique, and have to find out more about it. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  4. That technique looks a lot of fun and certainly something I should try. I love the look of the quilt. It;s definitely chased away my winter blues.

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  5. Very pretty, blue & white always looks so clean & sharp. Thanks for the share.

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  6. I have wanted to do one of these quilts for a long time and yours is truly an inspiration.

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  7. Well you made that look easy. I always thought those types of quilt would be hard to make. Well done!

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  8. I love this! I have that book and have been wanting to make something from it. Thanks for the inspiration to do just that!

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  9. Hi Sharon! Oh, I love a good two-color quilt and this is definitely a good one! Your fabrics just compliment each other so nicely and the end result is gorgeous. What a great way to start off a blog hop. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  10. I love the look of this and you make it seem pretty easy to do. The blue and white are a great combination for this beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. What a great use of blues and whites! I've always liked the look of those quilts, and haven't converged with one yet. =) My eyes appreciate the dark blue stop border, too!

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  12. Oh wow this is so pretty. Sounds easy enough to do, but I have never made one. Might have to put it on my list!

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  13. It is great to revisit a pattern from the past. I did a few of these when Ricky’s book first came out. Your 2 color quilt turned out very nicely.

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  14. Love the way your project turned out!

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  15. A great one Sharon! Have to check out Ricky's book and that technique.

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  16. I have not seen this design and I really like it ... I'm a blue and green person (purple, red, etc.) so it definitely will be on my list.

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  17. What a fun project to overcome the doldrums of winter. Love this design, Sharon. Thanks for joining the Winter Blues Blog Hop!

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  18. That's a neat design - beautiful in blue and white! I think the book sounds like a good one, too. I like the sub-title: " mysterious and magical!"

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  19. I enjoyed this technique a few years back and had forgotten what fun it could be. Thanks for bringing this one back to beat the winter blues. Your quilt looks wonderful ... :) Pat

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  20. You make it look so easy. The quilt is so modern and nice.

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  21. Great quilt, thanks so much for sharing

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  22. This is such a great looking quilt. I love the sharpness of the blue and white.

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  23. Very nice Sharon! Years ago a guild member taught some of us the convergence "technique!" It was fun to do! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Clever idea and it turns out great. Thx for the inspiration!

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  25. Love your Ricky Tims quilt, he came out here a couple of years ago and we had great fun seeing his different quilts.

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  26. Ricky's Convergence is a lovely pattern to use and it's such fun to see it done in your white/blue. So pretty. I keep thinking of making a quilt with this pattern - I love yours.

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  27. Very pretty! I love Ricky's Convergence. I need to get the book and try it. Thanks.

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  28. Wow! What a neat pattern! I’ll definitely have to see about getting g this book. Great job!

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  29. Very cool! I like the final layout.

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  30. Your quilt turned out very nice, and love the dark blue to rest the eye.

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  31. interesting... very interesting
    I will have to look into this technique.

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  32. Very clever blue and white design.

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  33. Convergence quilts are so much fun - I never imagined one looking so pretty in just blue and white! Love it!

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  34. Love Convergence quilts. Great color choice.

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  35. Great quilt. Love the blue fabrics.

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  36. Love seeing this technique again - it is always so interesting how it turns out and this is no exception! Many thanks for a great blog and great little project.

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  37. Sharon, I love it. I've played with this technique once, and what I came up with was incredibly boring. I might just have to go back and try it again after seeing this one!

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  38. Nice! I've made one of these in pink - oh so easy!

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  39. I love trying new designs. Great result.

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  40. Thanks for sharing this Ricky Timms idea. Your sample is awesome!

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  41. What a wonderful winter project! Great job!

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  42. I've never seen a Convergence quilt quite like yours. Great addition to the Hop!

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  43. Such a wonderful result Sharon, loved seeing this project.

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