So, for a girl who is not a fan of purple I have gone Radiant Orchid NUTS! After finishing my Radiant Orchid inspired pillow, I loved the way the purple tied everything together so nicely that I decided to make a quilt highlighting Radiant Orchid too!
I decided to make a throw quilt to cuddle up with on the couch, so I didn't want it to be too big but still big enough to wrap up in (the finished size ended up being 67" x 54").
This is the first fabric pull I did for my quilt... and I felt like a little something was missing. So, I took out a couple of the low volume prints and added some darker prints that I thought would work well with the purple. I used a lot of different fabrics in this quilt top, including lines from Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House, Lotta Jansdotter and Denyse Schmidt- some of my favorite designers.
Once I settled on the colors, I cut out around 200 5" squares.
Hind sight is ALWAYS 20/20 and I wish I would have used a proper pattern for this quilt! Instead, I just decided to wing it, as I always do. Which ended up just fine but I think using an actual pattern would really ensure that you cut just enough fabric that you need... instead of ending up with a square or two less of a certain print that you really wanted to repeat in the quilt! (Click here for a tutorial from Jeni of In Color Order. I [obviously] didn't use the tutorial so I can't personally endorse it but Jeni's tutorials and patterns are always spot on!)
I pieced this quilt top together a little over a week ago at a girls sewing weekend and am so pleased with the way it turned out!!!
I really love the way the different shades of purple are highlighted in this quilt; they're very dominant but because of the other shades they are paired with, I think you don't have to be a big purple lover to like this top. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm kind of seeing how purple can be used as a neutral... who am I?! ;)
Radiant Orchid has SERIOUSLY gotten me out of my sewing comfort zone and I LOVE it! I'm kind of already excited to see what Pantone's color is for next year... :)