Convergence quilts are created by cutting fabric into strips, sewing the rearranged strips together to form a panel, and then repeating the cutting and sewing process. It is a technique that can use a single large piece of fabric, where the convergence is between shades and patterns inherent to the fabric, or using several fabrics, converging different colours and styles.
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Cutting and Piecing
Experiment with how you cut and resew the fabric. Change the width of strips cut at different stages. Cutting at angles or using curved cuts can create unusual shapes, which can be very different from the normal squares and triangles of traditional quilts. The area of converged quilt work does not need to be a square or a rectangle. Staggering the strips used can create a modern effect; they can also be quilted into chevron or arrow arrangements.
Using fabrics that have pictures as part of their patterns can add interesting details as the pictures become turned and joined during the converging process. Use printable fabric or iron-on fabric transfers to make picture panels. These could be a landscape, a well-known artwork, like the Mona Lisa, or a photo of a loved one. Converge two identical pictures, contrasting pictures or a single picture converged with a plane contrasting fabric.
Frame your quilt work by centring the converged quilted panel on a larger sheet of fabric, or by using very wide strips to edge your panel with the intricate converged areas. This can speed up the production of a large quilt, and can avoid making a quilt that is overly busy to the eye. Try a contrasting fabric colour, or one that is a good tonal colour match.
Applique and Embroidery
Embellish quilts by adding decorative touches to quilted panels. Art quilts can be created using convergence quilt work as background for applique or embroidery. Consider using textured yarns for effect. Line drawings can be used for the basis of a design to embroider over the quilted panel; fabric scraps can be added either as part of the convergence design within larger quilt blocks, or to create a picture -- houses, trees or rivers are popular choices.
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