10 Year UFO – Convergence Quilt
The Convergence Quilt UFO
The UFO (UnFinished Object)
As best I can tell, I made the center black and white portion of this quilt over 10 years ago. It is a pattern from Ricky Timms Convergence Book, which I’m pretty sure I purchased in Albuquerque NM somewhere between 2003-2005. Gees, that was a while ago. Evidently, based on this blog, I deemed the project a UFO back in 2008.
Once I had the center square done, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I didn’t have a whole piles of black/white squares to create a whole quilt and even if I did, how would I set them or finish it?
I rediscovered this top in a bag in my closet. Doesn’t that seem fitting for this poor under-loved little quilt top/block. I decided it needed borders, so I went with one of the brightest colors I had to “set” the black and white center. Once the three borders were added, I decided to applique the heart shape using a facing and machine applique methods from my book, Hexagons Made Easy.
Ok, so it is all set. Bordered, accented with a little heart, & ready to roll. Literally. I got this guy rolled onto the longarm this morning.
I started with a little infinity-looking design in the 1″ black border. That is fantastic shimmery white?Glide Thread in the needle.
Turns out, you cannot see any stitching in the white outer border. Just as well, my swirls were a bit loco. Let’s just say the white border was my practice for the much more visible yellow-green border.
The heart got a cool echo treatment inside.
When it came to the center of the quilt. The real convergence portion, I first thought I wanted to quilt in a design that would really lead the eye to the center of the quilt, like you are getting sucked into the visual vortex. But alas, I still was at the same place I was 10 years ago. Not sure exactly how to quilt it. In an instant I decided, “Heck, it’s been 10-d a n g- years just finish it already.”
I added an all over super-simple meander over the quilt’s center. You can really see those swirls in the picture above, too.
Last thing to do is one of my favorite steps- binding! Yes, I know lots of folks don’t like to bind quilts. I apply my quilt bindings by?machine, and I think that is why I like it.
All in all this one finished at 40″ x 40″.
I’m happy to have this guy crossed off my (cough cough) to-do list. Fortunately/Unfortunately, I made two convergence style big-blocks right when I got the book. Which means, I’m pretty sure this other green/purple batik one is a 10 Year UFO, too. Look for pictures coming soon…. or at least sometime within the upcoming 10 years. =)