When Pantone declared Radiant Orchid the color of 2014, I didn't think much about it. I'm not a huge purple fan so it didn't really blow my skirt up.
But then I started seeing the way people were using it in crafty projects on Instagram and I really loved it! I decided to challenge myself to making some projects with this pretty shade of purple and I'm so glad I did.
I started small- with an 23" x 23" (finished size) pillow for the living room. I dug through my most precious scraps and pulled all the pretty purples and some grey, mustard yellow and low volume prints that I thought would go nicely together.
My wife is making a quilt with batiks and while I'm not usually a huge fan, she had some great purples in her stash! I added some of those in too. Gosh, I love making projects with scraps! It's almost like my own personal I Spy project, remembering all of the other goodies these fabrics have gone into. :)
After I picked out the fabrics, I cut out 156 2.5" squares and got to work laying them out!
Once I came up with a design I liked, I sewed them together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Don't you love the way unlined/unfinished projects look with light streaming through them? It's like stained glass, I tell you!
To finish this pillow, I used straight line quilting on the front and then a simple envelope closure on the back. I used my go-to bag and pillow fabric- a fake linen curtain from IKEA. They're great!
Here is my finished pillow!
I love the way this pillow turned out! I'm so glad I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and embrace Radiant Orchid! I like the way this turned out so much that I even made a quilt using this purple as the inspiration... but that'll be shared another time as the day job is calling. :)
Have you been inspired by Radiant Orchid this spring? I'd love to see what you've made! Have a great day, friends! :)