Monday, 24 February 2014

Purple by any other name

Really, Radiant Orchid, really? Just like Emerald, which turned out to actually be more like the bastard lovechild of teal and jade, in my opinion. And don't get me started on Tangerine Tango. I think I'm missing the "give ordinary things fancy names" gene - it must be the scientist in me. That's not to say that I don't love the colour, however. Red-purples are my favourite - they are warm and inviting in a way that blue-purples often aren't.

I had a lot of fun designing mini quilts for this challenge and ended up with five options, some of which might turn up around here one way or another in the future. I decided to go with this kind of deconstructed dresden plate in the end because I liked the challenge of piecing all those curves by hand. I did briefly think about having each segment subdivided with straight lines but that really wasn't the look I was going for. And when you're making something this little (it's only 15 inches square, after all) there's no harm in a bit of hand-piecing. I used freezer paper templates to piece the seven purple and six neutral Konas, and backed the mini with another shade of purple.

The only seams that were sewn on the machine were those joining the four quadrants - there were just too many layers of fabric at the points for me to easily sew them together (even with a thimble). I hauled out the old hand-cranked Jones though (the poor featherweight is still being rewired), so even that was kind of hand stitched.

It's hand quilted with perle cotton in three different shades of purple and one neutral. I love the texture - well worth the sexy quilter's callous, I think. Thanks so much Anne and Adrianne for hosting the challenge!
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

35 comments:

  1. Lovely stuff! Can't beat a nice purple and the hand quilting is beautiful.

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  2. Ooh, this is wonderful, between the hand-stitching and "deconstructed dresden" design. A lovely piece.

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  3. you've nailed it! Purple perfection ;-)

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  4. Beautiful - like exploded purple tree rings:-) I love the texture your hand stitching gives it.

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  5. Lovely mini quilt! I like your design 'look' - it is like Fracture (or Perv) meets a Dresden. The hand stitching is beautiful too. I am with you on the purple - I wish they had chosen a berry-ish deep pinky purple. They have a year to come up with a suitable name for next year's colour so let's hope they can come up with a sensible offering for 2015.

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  6. This is fabulous! Great detailing with the quilting.

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  7. I love it! With you on the names, though!

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  8. I agree on the silly names, but your mini is perfect!

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  9. I know, stupid bloody names! Still, the mini is fab! I admit, I'd have paper pieced that, not even enough patience to hand piece that amount ;o)

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  10. Totally get you on the colour names thing, I get all thick when people start giving things obscure names, I'm clearly easily confused! Love your purple mini (sounds so wrong), i think the quilting really adds beautful texture, makes me want to stroke it (sounds even worse, but you know what i mean).

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  11. Look at all those pretty purples! Love it.
    And at least you got a callous instead of a whole :)

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  12. Gorgeous quilt. I also loved your opening sentances, you have such a way with words ;)!!!!!!

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  13. It is amazing, great use of radiant orchid!

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  14. I love that texture!! Your hand quilting is the perfect touch!

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  15. Gorgeous - really love your improv piecing and the beautiful hand quilting!

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  16. It's beautiful! I am with you on the names.

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  17. Oh the names are totally made up by some over-paid muckity muck who hasn't spent time in the real world since the 70s. And that barely counts as the real world.
    However, this quilt is fabulous!! I love that it's [almost] entirely hand-pieced! :O You are such a rock star. :)
    Beautiful!

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  18. Where's your romantic soul? Was it extracted on becoming a scientist? But you have got it when it comes to stitching - definitely RADIANT!

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  19. this is awesome! I love it. =)

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  20. This looks great, a similar idea to my own radiant orchid, ah I mean purple, quilt, although mine is not yet finished but I'm trying really hard to get it done by the deadline!

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  21. wow - you did a fantastic job - looks amazing :-)

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  22. this is gorgeous...under any name!

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  23. Beautiful quilt! I love how not all the quilting lines go to the center!

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  24. Hehe, I do agree with you about the name radiant orchid. I guess purple covers such a broad range of colours...but still! Your mini is just gorgeous, and truly hand made! I think you did incorporate a bit of radiance in the design in the end... Thanks for playing along with the Challenge!

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  25. Gorgeous! The hand quilting is wonderful.

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  26. The hand quilting is my favorite part! What a lovely finish!

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  27. I'd like to include this quilt in a feature but cannot find your email address - can you email me? aquilterstable@gmail.com Thanks!

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thanks for making my day!