"Alaskan Memories" by Emma

One of the ladies in our quilt group gave a one-night class on Convergence Quilting...it was so exciting I couldn't sleep that night; needless to say I had to use the technique in my next quilt!

A few years ago my grandsons' other Grandma was dying of cancer and her one wish was to see Alaska. My grandsons were able to join the extended family for a final cruise with Grandma. This quilt was made for my second Grandson in memory of that trip. The men in the family were quite impressed.

Instead of using 4 separate fabrics, I choose to use the landscape fabric twice along with blue and yellow (to represent water and sun)...it wasn't hard to come up with animal silhouettes that felt like Alaska; these were fused and machine appliqued in black. The corner squares are embellished with close stippling to make bear paws come to life.

 

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Comments

Joyce Brenden wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 12:55 PM

What a striking quilt!  Love the trapunto bear paw cornerstones.  The background piecing is fabulous, what a wonderful technique.  How complicated was it to put together?

shaleba27 wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 1:35 PM

Stunning.  I love everything about it.

Spudgrandma wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 3:12 PM

Emma, what an absolutely beautiful quilt, you did an awesome job.

E. Joy wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 4:18 PM

Emma, this is a beautiful quilt!! I also like the paws in the corners. Looks like you did a great job on it.

Edith wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 7:13 PM

You did a beautiful job Emma.

Love the stippling on the paws.

It is so precious to have family trips and make lots of memories.

MNnancy wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 8:55 PM

"Convergence quilting".... very interesting technique!  Did your instructor recommend any particular book or designers for patterns and methods?

Great fabric choices!  Thanks for sharing.

Kris wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 28 August 2009, 11:53 PM

Fantastic work. Emma, this is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy H. wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Saturday, 29 August 2009, 7:26 PM

Emma, what a stunning quilt.  Beautiful job.

Thea wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Saturday, 29 August 2009, 8:01 PM

Emma,  What a treasure your Grandson has in you and the wonderful memory you have made for him to commemorate a wonderful cruise.  You are a great woman!  Your quilt is quite beautiful... I have never heard of this type of quilting and am quite impressed... thank you so much for sharing.

God bless,

Althea

gini wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Sunday, 30 August 2009, 1:35 PM

that's one of the best uses of fabrics in convergence quilting i've seen.  nice job.  gini

Pat wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Monday, 31 August 2009, 9:47 AM

What exactly is convergence quilting?  Beautiful quilt.

Anita wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Monday, 31 August 2009, 10:48 PM

Hi Emma

Beautiful quilt Emma. Love the Stippling on the Bear Paws. How did you quilt the inner part of the quilt? Around the Animals, Woods and water.

I Have the same question as Pat what is convergence?

Anita

Emma wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Tuesday, 1 September 2009, 1:25 PM

In answer to some of your questions…Convergence quilts feature two or more fabrics cut into strips, sewn together, then cut apart into graduating widths (1-inch, 1 ½-inch, 2-inch, 2 ½-inch, etc) and pieced together again. It looks complicated but is really very easy. I recommend googling Ricky Tims’ on the internet, or even better yet see if you can check-out one of his books from your local library. The possibilities and ideas are endless; like some say, this technique can become addicting.  I used an all-over meandering stitch in the center portion of the quilt. Thank you everyone for your generous comments. Quilting is like candy...it's the best when you share it!

Anita wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Wednesday, 2 September 2009, 11:35 PM

Thanks so much for your answer.

Anita

chocake2 wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 4 September 2009, 12:21 PM

That quilt is just... Stunning!

I am in awe.

Helen Bell wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 4 September 2009, 1:15 PM

wow!! what a great quilt...I am very intrigued with this technique....I will check out Ricky Timms...thanks for sharing

Marge Campbell wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Friday, 4 September 2009, 9:38 PM

Love the colors & your quilting is wonderful!

JDKruse wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Saturday, 5 September 2009, 7:01 PM

Emma,

You quilt is beautiful.  I too will check into convergence quilting.

Judy Iliff wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Saturday, 5 September 2009, 11:54 PM

What a wonderful memory for your grandson. The quilt is stunning!

JudyT wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Tuesday, 8 September 2009, 7:42 AM

Plain and simple, Love the quilt!

Alvenia Murray wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Tuesday, 8 September 2009, 9:56 AM

Emma, your alaskan memories quilt is beautiful.   Thanks for sharing it

Stephanie wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Tuesday, 8 September 2009, 6:13 PM

I enjoyed your story about how you came inspired to make this quilt, and you did an awesome job. I love the fabric you chose and the size and placement of your silhouettes . Precious gift for a precious memory.

Martha wrote re: "Alaskan Memories" by Emma
on Saturday, 19 September 2009, 6:33 PM

What a beautiful quilt!  Thanks for sharing the photos.  And thank you for the info re: convergence quilting - this is a new term for me.

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