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Convergence Quilt and Bias Tape Applique

I LOVE bias tape. Always have. I know it’s weird but, I do. I love everything about it. I love making it, looking at it, using it.

So, after making yards and yards of bias tape for bindings I thought “what else can I use bias tape for?” Then I thought why can’t I use it to ‘draw’ designs as the main elements of a quilt. When I started to research how Bias Tape Applique is used in quilting I found that traditionally it is used in two main ways. In Celtic Applique it is used for intricate, detailed, precise symmetrical designs. And it is also used for vines and stems in traditional applique. In my mind I thought why can’t we use it to make bold, striking, modern designs.

The very first quilt that I made using this technique was an early version of Convergence, the quilt featured in this blog post. Sometimes I just want to get the idea out of my head and to test an idea so, I just make the quilt to prove my concept. So the first version wasn’t constructed the best. So, when we it came to entering a quilt in the Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit I knew I wanted to remake it. I remade it in the exact fabric. But, it was never photographed properly before it was sent out. It came back from traveling a few weeks ago and I was finally able to get good photos.

The background fabric is Antiquity Old Script in Aqua by Michael Miller. The bias tape applique is Robert Kaufman Kona Coral and Robert Kaufman Aqua.

This is machine sewn bias tape applique. It is top stitched in thread colors that match the bias tape – so coral and aqua.  I wanted the binding to be the same size as the bias tape applique so I bound this in my signature chunky 1″ binding.

And a quick detail shot. You can see a bit of the top-stitching here and my favorite part of the quilt – the two aqua stripes!

Sarah Schraw @ Sarah Quilts - January 25, 2014 - 7:47 am

So cool! Found you from the Sew Mama Sew write up :)

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Sue - January 15, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I can’t wait to try this technique to ‘draw’ on a quilt!

Elisa - December 4, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Brilliant. This quilt brings me back to Biology 101 in college–mitosis. Or was it meiosis?

Jennifer - October 23, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Love this. Very simple… very cool take on the pattern.

Kelly in Chicago - October 23, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Latifah – as a near-rule, I dislike applique, but you’ve wholly made me reconsider! I love this quilt and I’ve pinned it to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

Barb@Witsend - September 17, 2013 - 4:51 pm

This is a very cool quilt!

Latifah - September 17, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Hello Rachael, yes I draw the design on the fabric before attaching the bias tape. They are close but not perfect. :) I wanted a slightly organic look with the same shape.

Rachael Rabbit - September 14, 2013 - 10:29 am

Did you draw your fabric first before attaching the bias tape as your design seem so perfectly replicated.

Chandra - September 12, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Thanks for reminding me of this simple beauty! I am a fan of 1/2 inch over 1/4 inch binding lately, maybe I will call it “finger-sized!”

Becca @bryanhousequilts - September 11, 2013 - 6:34 pm

This was one of my favorites at the modern exhibit in Houston. It’s simple and stunning.

Annette J. - September 10, 2013 - 12:54 pm

I love this quilt! I’ve always wanted to make a quilt with a DNA strain on it but I couldn’t think of how to start. I think that using bias tape as an applique might be the way to go! Beautiful quilt, beautifully shot as well.

Jeifner - September 9, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Quite graphic and visually appealing, wonderful job!

PennyDog - September 9, 2013 - 2:30 am

I think this might be my favourite quilt I’ve seen online all year.

Nicole - September 8, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Latifah, your creativity never ceases to amaze me! The design is striking!

Megan - September 8, 2013 - 11:06 am

This is beautiful and very inspiring!

Mary - September 7, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Gorgeous! Makes me want one. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lynda M Otvos - September 7, 2013 - 3:21 pm

I really like it. Applique is an interesting method of applying design. I’ve used it a few times and have liked the result. You have shown it in terrific light here. Yes, the aqua is the focal point.

Arita - September 7, 2013 - 11:39 am

Thanks for sharing….it’s a gorgeous quilt.

Jan - September 7, 2013 - 9:16 am

What a fabulous quilt!

Lauren aka Giddy99 - September 7, 2013 - 8:25 am

This is brilliant. I love everything about it – including the inspiration you’ve given me – thank you!

kitty - September 7, 2013 - 8:18 am

This is a spectacular quilt!! Love it!!!

Pat S - September 7, 2013 - 7:03 am

Wonderful quilt.

Sarah - September 7, 2013 - 5:43 am

Thank you for sharing this, I am so tempted to make a maze quilt using this technique :)

Aylin-nilya - September 6, 2013 - 9:51 pm

This is a stunning Design and a fantastic idea with so many possibilies, thanks for sharing…

Marianne - September 6, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Such a spectacular quilt….I just love it!!

Rossie - September 6, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Love love love this quilt! So glad it is finally on the blog, it was just stunning to see in person!

Jill @ Made with Moxie - September 6, 2013 - 7:51 pm

This is an awesome. And simple. I love it!

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