Progress on Riley Blake Challenge

As I said earlier, I plan to use this challenge as a chance to play with Score #9, “Get Your Curve on” from Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. To that end I have made my three sets of curves.

Riley Blake wedges sewn

This is not an arrangement, only an attempt to see how much space I can cover–I need to decide between 40 x60 and 50 x 70.  I think the latter is quite doable. The aqua row is made from three 18-inch WOF strips of three fabrics. The aqua + red from three 9-inch WOF, and the red from 4 1/2 strips from half of three of the gifted fat eights. The 18-inch arch would not have occurred to me without the book–good thing I reread the chapter before cutting; I do appreciate how it fills space.

I have a bit of geometry to learn–not by studying but by cutting and sewing. I was surprised at how quickly the short wedges formed a circle. Most of the wedges were an inch different between top and bottom.  The aqua and the aqua + red wedges were cut variously, ranging from 1/4-inch difference to 1-inch difference. (Measurements are approximate.) I think adjusting the length alone would have adjusted the sharpness of the curve.

The plan in my head had been to outline curves with red bias. Now that I see it laid out, I am thinking I might want to keep the more pastel look. Time and rearranging will tell.

Eventually I’ll link with Ad Hoc Improv Quilters (button in sidebar–scroll down to fourth Tuesday post); however, I hope it is with a later stage!

Challenge fabrics sent here.

Fabrics I added here.



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7 responses to “Progress on Riley Blake Challenge

  1. The Design Bed! You know that makes me smile. I am not sure why but I get a kick out of the design bed. I love where you are going with the piece and I so admire your ability to work with curves! Oh I get to meet Sherri Lynn Wood in Sept when I go to NYC for the Quilters Take Manhattan event. She is speaking there! (I am originally from NY and going to meet up with my family while there too) 🙂

  2. Good luck. Great idea and looks like it is working well.

  3. These curves are looking good! I do like the aqua/red/white combination, but I’m not sure about the red outlining – I reckon it would make everything too emphatic.
    For a moment there I looked at the quilted mattress top and wondered why you’d ‘pre-quilted’ part of this design, and then I remembered that you use your bed for layout 🙂

  4. dezertsuz

    Oh, I like those colors together. Don’t mess up the palette! LOL. How interesting the different curves will be together. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the piece becomes with these to intertwine.

  5. I like the way you talk through your ideas, leading the viewer to join you in the process of discovery. I really like Wood’s book, and think it’s the better part of her instruction. Lots of good thinking there!

  6. Wow! You are ambitious! I look forward to seeing your progress 🙂

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