Improv Curves Quilt// Works In Progress

 Improv Curves 2

These are currently on my design wall. I think I am going to chop them up further.

They started out as something very different–they will be made into a baby quilt.

They started out as practice for a wall hanging for my husband’s office at church.  I would like to make something that somehow echoes the beauty of the Matisse Chapel at Vence–his specific request. I’m not that crazy.  Imitating a master in the same artistic form is one thing. Trying to make something in fiber that evokes the clarity of stained glass–that is a whole other ballgame.

Since I have never done much curved piecing, I started with an improv study based on instructions in Quilting Modern

It turns out I like piecing improv curves.

Piecing improv curves that somehow will remind someone of the Vence Chapel? That is yet to be seen. That is my challenge for 2014.

If you don’t know the story of the Chapel at Vence, it is a really beautiful one.  This blog has a number of beautiful photos of the chapel and a brief history. Or you could just watch this 6 minute video from the BBC. 

 

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24 Comments

  1. shirley tener
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    be brave !

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      ha ha. Yep. Hopefully.

  2. Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I love the palette and all the curviness!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!

  3. Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Just watched the video about the Chapel at Vence. What an amazing inspiration for a challenge! I have no doubt you’ll make something wonderful.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words. And I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I’ve watched it a few times. Art makes the world happy.

  4. Posted February 26, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    That’s a pretty high bar to set to capture the beauty, good luck. You’ve got some great shapes emerging.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Right? Pretty impossible. I had a few attempts in December that were disastrous. So I’m staring at the practice blocks and … hoping it will make itself? :)

  5. Susan Stanton
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    What a lovely post, Katie! You are on the right track, and I’m sure your beautiful quilt is coming to life inspired by this amazing place and man.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  6. Karen
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful way to find inspiration! And, after looking at the link, I can easily see your pieces flowing from the windows. I guess I’ll have to start paying more attention to the world around me for new ideas–Duh!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the encouragement. Its a rather… daunting project!

  7. Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    stunning… and I love the source of inspiration!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

      Thank you. I would love to visit that chapel someday!

  8. Posted February 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Challenges are a good thing, and what a challenge this is! The chapel was new to me, so I enjoyed the history and the views. Even the chairs had a light and airy rhythm. I’ll enjoy watching your progress.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t the chapel just lovely? My first few attempts (in December) were disastrous. So I just have my practice blocks on my design wall, and hope inspiration will strike.

  9. Posted February 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    These are looking so wonderful!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! And thanks for saying hi.

  10. Posted February 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I am afraid of curves, but you make it look so easy and improv curves seem so doable. You have inspired me to bite the bullet. Thanks.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      I hope you enjoy the process! I really found the information in Quilting Modern useful… kind of walked me through the process.

  11. Posted February 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I know! Curves and y-seams are so scary until you just dip your tow in the water and because it’s a new challenge, gets addicting – love your blog – new follower from WIP!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      So nice to “meet” you, Kelly. I definitely need to get over my fear of Y-seams. That might be my last one to conquer. At least for a while!

  12. Posted February 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m a great fan of both curved piecing and improvisation. It is great to watch it develop as you go along – and it is truly your unique design

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      It is such an organic, free flowing process! And it fits my style–just dive right in without planning (too much). Ha ha.

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