Radiant Orchid 2014 with my chickens
Whew! I got it done in the knick of time! I heard about a quilt challenge awhile back and gave you a sneak peak of my fabrics in a post earlier this year here. It is a challenge using the Pantone Color of the year and this year it is Radiant Orchid.
I enjoyed the color choice, but I have to be honest by the time I finished the quilt I am ready to put it away. I started this quilt near Valentine’s Day and had hearts on the brain and now I am ready to move on to Spring things. Even though I am ready to put it away until next February I really did have a good time doing the challenge. It was a good lesson in color theory for me as I chose to keep my color palate very simple and yet striking.
“now that’s good fabric on the back!”
I designed this quilt based on a picture I saw years ago (sorry, no link, I looked for one). I have just kept the picture in my head and it really did feel good to get it out on paper first and turn it into a quilt. So I guess you could say that I designed this quilt from scratch! High five self!
For the quilting, I have recently met a woman who lives near me that has a PFAFF long-arm that she has graciously offered to my use. I am enjoying quilting and she has said she enjoys watching me do it so I think we make a good pair. Thanks Ginger! The quilting design was inspired by the Spring sun and the color name. The quilting starts in the center of the heart and makes a radiant sunburst type pattern out towards the edges of the quilt. Then a few of the radiant sun rays are filled in with what I call a ribbon candy pattern. I chose to do this because it is afterall, a Valentine’s quilt and Valentine’s Day is all about candy!
close-up of radiant quilting
The binding… I have a secret. I rarely hand bind my quilts. I like machine binding. So it should come as no surprise to you that this quilt is also machine bound. I just like it and it is so fast to get quilt done. One day I’m sure that I will learn to love hand binding but just not yet… One day I will post a tutorial about how I bind my quilts.
I love the color of the binding!
Now for me to meet the contest requirements:
Quilt Title: Sweet Radiance
Quilt Size: 33inches x 42inches
Contest category: Quilts (finished)
Fabrics used: front- Ta Dot in grape by Michael Miller, Peak Hour by Kellie Wulfsonn for Riley Blake binding- Tweedy by P&B textiles back- Heart Stipe in burgundy by Free Spirit
sunglare and all, here she is!