Why My Studio is Not a Reality Show

I had thought to make today’s blog post about my experiments adapting “convergence” quilts in my work.
I had wanted to show different steps in the process — you know, like a cooking show.
But, alas, my working space is currently occupied by another project in midstream.
And that must be completed before tomorrow morning when my art student arrives for her lesson.
I call her “the creative storm” because what she leaves in her wake is akin to the detritus from a mighty tidal wave.
So,here we are on a Thursday morning, my appointed “blog posting time.” Here goes an abbreviated version, minus the Cooking Show step by step perfection.
I borrowed Ricky Tims’ “Convergence Quilts” from the Quiltescence Quilters lending library.
Basically you cut strips of stacked fabrics, sew them together, then cut cross ways, and sew again. There are all kinds of variations.
The Quilts in Ricky’s book are full sized quilts, using this technique throughout.
Attractive as they are, the overall geometric style is not for me. But I began to think of how I could use some of the techniques.
I experimented, and found a design that I thought might work for a theme I have had in mind: Old wood. Specifically, our wood pile. There are so many variations and interesting designs in those aging sections of logs.
The pictures show the cover of Ricky Tims’ “Convergence Quilts, Mysterious, Magical, Easy and Fun,” Published by C&T Publishing.
Secondly, a piece of my own convergence quilting, using four different fabrics.
And finally, a finished 12 x 12 piece, tentatively called “The Wood Pile.”
Even when I’m cooking things don’t turn out like the cooking shows. I actually have to take time to wash the dishes!

Example of convergence piecing technique. Martha Ressler
Example of convergence piecing technique. Martha Ressler

Convergence Quilts
Cover of Ricky Tims’ Convergence Quilts, C&T Publishing

log pile
Martha Ressler, Wood Pile, 12 x 12, fabric, paper and found object collage on wood panel. 2015