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From: Hippiegirl
Date: 04-01-2005, 12:02 PM (1 of 4)
I picked up a book Ricky Tims Convergence Quilting. It's a cool book.
However I have never done a quilt. I have a question on how the seams
are done. On a quilt I bought at Ross for 25 bucks it looks like the seam
is on top of the material at the seam, not underneath it. If I am doing
a basic quilt with no curves, do I put two blocks together and sew the seam and then open it and iron? Or do I sew the borders of the block and lay it on top of the next block?

I want to try the convergence quilt because there are no curves. I know
this is a dumb question but I've never done one.

Any advice is helpful.
User: Hippiegirl
Member since: 03-21-2005
Total posts: 77
From: Magot
Date: 04-01-2005, 12:55 PM (2 of 4)
Hi Kelly, that book is on my wish list - do let me know how it works out - it looks like you have to have fairly specialised coloured fabric for it to work but you have the book and I don't so what do I know! They do look fab quilts and I would love to have a go. I suppose because of the fabric it looks like a complicated quilt but I don't think they all are.

When he lays out what to do in the book does he make them in blocks or cut the strips and assemble them that way. Most times when you piece a block or a top you sew the 2 fabrics together right sides facing with a 1/4" seam, then press acording to the instructions - it may be open or towards the darker fabric (so as not to be seen on the right side) or a combination of ways in order to avoid bulky seam pile-up at junctions. There is bound to be a technical term for that somewhere. Read through your instructions before cutting anything, then read them again. Then pile up all the fabric in the colour chioces you have made and read the instructions again. Then just go for it! Who is to tell you that you are doing it wrong? It's a learning thing so have fun and be proud of what you can achieve.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-01-2005, 09:07 PM (3 of 4)
I have his book and I took a class where we made a wall hanging using his method. The seams were on the wrong side (underneath) not on the right side (top). Pressing the seams in the correct direction is critical to getting the seams to align.

Basically we followed the instructions for Project one on page 27. You sew the set of squares (right sides together) using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Don't unfold the squares. Position the squares side by side - so that you have a left and a right set. Then you cut your strips in varying widths (page 29). After you have cut the strips, then you should press the seams of the left set in one direction and the seams of the right set in the opposite direction. This will make it easier to butt (align) the seams when sewing the left and right strips together.

After sewing the strips together and you have one piece again, you press all the seams in the same direction.

Further on (page 32) you cut out the centre seam and will have two pieces again. Then you take one of the pieces and press the seams in the opposite direction. Again this will make it easier to butt the seams when sewing the strips back together. Then you cut your strips, re-arrange and sew the strips together.

Hope this helps.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Hippiegirl
Date: 04-03-2005, 01:28 AM (4 of 4)
I've been having huge problems with my computer, so I feel like I've been
away from seeing the answers. Thanks! I wanted to make sure what I had in my mind was close, to sew a 1/4 seam. The advice to iron dark seams in the way of the darker square seems like good advice. I would have never thought of that.

Thanks again and I will let you know:)
User: Hippiegirl
Member since: 03-21-2005
Total posts: 77
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