Fan n Kitties Antics

With Sunday being my last day of ‘freedom’ as it were, I was in a minor frenzy to get stuff done. I wanted to finish the quilting on the big fan mystery and also quilt up the kitty convergence too. I was rather all over the map with trying to settle and start on one or the other. heh .. quilter ADD LOL  Oh and course I didn’t get as much sleep on Sunday as I wanted .. You’ll find out why at the bottom of my post .. bloody cat n bugs!!

HPIM2831.jpgFor the kitty convergence I wanted something rather abstract as this quilt is smaller. The quilting was just to be a compliment not the end all to be all .. I wanted a motif that was looser, but failed rather miserably in that .. but I am happy with the results .. this is a really cool looking motif .. it’s abstract but tulips – which matches the tulip fabric that I used and creates some interesting lines and flow in the quilt. I had one idea for the border, but by the time it was all said and done .. I just didn’t want to do it .. I was rather cross-eyed from HPIM2832.jpgdoing this motif, so I left it for now .. chances are I’ll do what I originally planned, but I just didn’t want to do the math for it to make the borders fit right as I’ll miter the design in instead of doing horizontal / vertical like I normally do. This is going to be interesting getting the tissue off this one .. I might just take Diana’s suggestion of a small toothed comb and a vacuum LOL .. egads what a mess THAT would be LOL

HPIM2834.jpgI finished quilting it on Sunday nite and started to do a bit of shredding of the tissue as well. I didn’t get any pictures until today as you couldn’t see the quilting very well with a flash pic. I do love how the quilting looks on this .. sort of creates waves like on the quilt ..

HPIM2833.jpgI did run out of the variegated blue about 1 row away from being finished but I had a blue that I was originally going to use before I found the blue, so I wasn’t too freaked out .. and this quilt is staying with me .. so it doesn’t have to be perfect – heh .. good thing as there are mistakes in this quilt LOL .. but I know they are there and I learned with this quilt .. so it’s all good. Here’s a nice shot of the quilting in a Continue reading

Kitty Convergence

I know I wanted to get going on quilting the Big Fan quilt, but I changed my mind 😀 Like that never happens 😉 I’ve been dying to try convergence quilts and figured I try / test a small one to see how it worked out and ended up looking. I’ve had this plotting in the back of my mind for a week or so now, it was just a matter of getting the right colours together that would look really good done like this.

HPIM2812.jpgThese are the 4 fabrics I finally settled upon. A kitty batik (that I thought i had more of :'(), a tulip fabric, some bright yellow and a nice blue green yellow medley … These all just really great together and the compliment each other nicely!  I was really hope that these fabrics would look great using this technique.

HPIM2813.jpgHere’s the first part of the convergence done. Hmmm .. not to sure about this .. that yellow is too ‘light??’

Now a side point here .. in his book, Convergence Quilts, Ricky Tims says to use 12″ – 14″ pieces, well my kitty batik was only 9″ wide, so that dictated my fabric sizes.

HPIM2814.jpgHere it is after the 2nd convergence .. Not to shabby me thinks, but my lack of a larger piece is rather making this look ‘blockier’ than it should?? Not sure if I’m saying this right, but I’m thinking that I should have maybe done narrower pieces to have more?? Or to create more of a distinction .. Also I’m thinking that the yellow just isn’t the right tone .. altho in a traditional quilt this would have rocked 😀 But I do like it .. Not to shabby for my first attempt me thinks!  Now after both convergences, this measured up at 13½ x 14½”

HPIM2815.jpgTA DA!!!! The final top with borders .. The borders tend to make it look more like the original squares I used almost .. but I’m still okay with it being my first attempt. It’s nice and bright and fresh and spring-y like! I do rather like this!!

After putting a narrow frame around the inner top and then adding a 3″ border – this quilt measures out at 20¾ x 19¾”.

Now this is just one method in his book .. this is the book that I ordered as a Cmas present from Reg that didn’t make it here on time. But I will play some more .. there’s an awesome gallery in here that is chock full of gorgeous quilts to give you inspiration and ideas!

NOW I’m off to do the motifs for the big fan .. and I’ll likely baste this one at the same time too.