Radiant Orchid

Hello friends.  It certainly has been a while.  Between working at work or working on the house, my sewing machine sat untouched for a month or more.  We were both getting quite lonely.  So I took the week off from working on the house and made a challenge quilt for the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  Entries are due today, so this morning found me restitching a small area and clipping the last few strings.  Again… I squeaked in just before the deadline.

This year’s challenge color for the Pantone challenge is Radiant Orchid.  The entry must contain at least a small amount of Radiant Orchid fabric — although any winning quilts will certainly feature the orchid color.  My quilt features the radiant orchid color along with a somewhat darker purple color, with yellow as an accent.  And it’s all solids!  I do believe this might be my first all solid quilt.

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I started designing this pattern last summer before I knew anything about the Pantone challenge, but I thought it would fit the challenge perfectly.  It went through several revisions until last week when I finally decided that this pattern is the one I would go with.  It was slightly tricky trying to figure out how to piece since the star points were ending up in the middle of a curve for the window.  I finally decided to use a combination paper piecing/peeled-back patchwork method.  I don’t know if it’s a real method for quilting — I just made it up since it seemed to be the only way to put the thing together.  And I ended up having to break it down even further and make 4 blocks for each block that I designed.  And then half-way through, I redesigned one of the blocks because I didn’t like the way the seams looked with the other blocks.  I still have points that are very thick — I think it provides dimension!

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It measures 25-1/4″ square — each block is 2-1/2 includes and the border added a little bit — so it makes a nice wall hanging.  I think I’ll hang it in the spare bedroom over the dresser.

I also designed the quilting for each of the blocks and it ended up taking just just as long to do as the piecing.  And the thick seams were challenging to quilt through without having the foot get stuck on them.  But it’s done and I really like how it turned out.  I’ll probably never make another one though…  ha ha ha.

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Be sure to check out the other entries for the challenge.  We have some very talented quilters.

Linking up with Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
 

Cathedral Window Pin Cushions and A Give-A-Way!

Yippee!  I have three finishes this week.  Yes, they are small… but they are still finished!

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Next month we are doing a pin cushion swap at our quilt guild meeting.  So I hopped online, did a quick search for pin cushion patterns, and found this one by My Go-Go Life.  It was simple, it was cute, and it was modern.  After the umbrella, I needed something a little easier and quicker.  It fit the ticket!

So, I made one, and then made another, and then another…  I think I’m addicted.

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DSC_0579The monkeys even tested them out to make sure they worked.  Well, that and it kept them busy for 30 minutes and helped them develop some fine motor skills, so I was good with it.  Who knew sticking pins in a pin cushion could be so fun?

DSC_0568By the way, it’s not too late to vote for my umbrella.  Just visit the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest, and pin and like to your hearts content.    http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/  To see more information on this project, please see my writeup from last week.

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Oh, you’re still wondering about the give-a-way.  Well, you see, I only need one pin cushion for the quilt guild meeting swap, but I made three; so that means I have two extra to give away to two lucky readers.  And this is my first give-a-way ever, so I’m super excited!  All you need to do is leave a comment about this week’s or last week’s finishes, or comment and let me know that you liked and/or repinned my umbrella on Art Gallery Fabric’s Pinterest board.  Be sure to leave your email address if you are a no reply commenter.  Then next Friday, June 21st, I’ll put it through the random number generator and draw two winning names.

And the winners are Ashley & Leanne.  Congratulations!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.