Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and FunRicky Tims' Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and Fun by Ricky Tims
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A friend of mine made one of these quilts which I just loved. The technique is fairly simple and looks like it could be used to create some very interesting designs. There is a long (for a quilting book) introductory section where Tims tells us about how he came to this design and maps out the process and tips for design and assembly. He has a very friendly entertaining tone that I liked and built the process in a logical way. There were several variations to try and lot of inspiring pictures of quilts made by different people using these techniques. I really loved the ones where the convergence was used as a background for an appliqued design.
I put together the first "exercise" in the book in an evening and the directions in the book were clear and easy to follow (lots of pictures and exact step=by=step). The only place I ran into a little trouble was the cutting of the first set of strips. Tims tells you exactly how to place the unit on your board (fabric 2 on top, seam at the bottom) and what edge to cut from. When I was laid out that way I couldn't cut the strips from that side, but I rotated the mat to the seam was on top, cut the strips, and rotated the board back before I picked them up so it worked out ok. I didn't love how my convergence came out, but now I have a better idea of what fabrics will work well. I may not put borders on this one, but it took 4 12-inch squares from my stash so no great investment was made in trying out the technique.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Snapshot


The entrance to San Franciso's China Town taken on our trip last year. 
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Saturday Snapshot



I have been photographing items for the Etsy shop I am working toward launching. My friend Lisa and I spent an afternoon taking lots of photos on our patio of various things, this one is a group of purple pouches. I like the rocks and wood as a background.
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Snapshot


This year the window boxes on our back patio have coleus and purple petunias.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday Snapshot

 

Some of the chairs from my patio-furniture-restoration project. 
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Snapshot

BEFORE
We spent the Memorial Day weekend working in the yard including cleaning up and reusing the mess of stuff I asked the contractors to save for me from the redo of our big patio last fall. Here are the before and after images.

AFTER
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