2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge – Radiant Orchid 36

Today Adrianne from On the Windy Side and I are thrilled to announce that we are co-hosting the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid! We really could not be more excited about this and can’t wait to see what amazing creations you come up with.

We’ve got some inspiring posts lined up, fabulous guest judges, information on where you can find awesome Radiant Orchid fabric to work with, not to mention the incredible prizes up for grabs which have been provided by our wonderful sponsors.

Grab our button and spread the word that the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid is on now!

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid


Below are the rules.  We’ve tweaked them slightly from 2012 and 2013 when Ali @ a squared w was running the Pantone Quilt Challenge (thank you Ali, for graciously allowing us to take on the hosting of the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge!) so please read them carefully and let us know if anything is unclear.


All items must be started in 2014 to be eligible.

1. There will be 3 categories:

– Minis: Shortest side under 30″. Pillows, table runners, place mats, mug rugs, etc. will count as minis.

– Quilts: any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”).

– Just the Top: any size from baby to bed (shortest side must be at least 30”).

2. This is the Radiant Orchid Quilt Challenge, so your project must contain at least some Radiant Orchid or similar purple. You can also use any other colours or neutrals you like (and as many as you like). That said, we would like to see Radiant Orchid as the feature colour of your quilt and we will be asking the judges to take your use of Radiant Orchid into account when making their decision.

3. You can submit one entry per category. Entries for quilts and minis should be completed projects, including quilting and binding.


1. A link party/gallery will be hosted at Play Crafts and On the Windy Side. Entries will be open from March 14 – March 21 2014. Entries will close at on March 21 2014 at 11pm PST and winners will be announced on March 26 2014.

2. Each entry should link to a blog post / Threadbias post / Flickr page.

3. Each entry should include quilt dimensions.

Now, onto the exciting stuff!  Our sponsors have been more than generous, which means we have wish-we-could-win prizes on offer.  Here are the details, and while you’re there, please check out our lovely sponsors.


Judged by Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew

First place – Oakshott Fabrics – £100 Gift voucher plus free shipping
Second place – Stitchbird Fabrics FQ bundle of Ellen Luckett Baker’s Garden collection
Third place – Fat Quarter Shop – $50 gift certificate


Judged by Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy

First place – Fat Quarter Shop – $50 gift certificate
Second place – Intrepid Thread – Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter fat quarter bundle
Third place – Westwood Acres – $20 gift certificate


Just the top
Judged by Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced

First place – Aurifil – Thread pack ($130 value)
Second place – Hawthorne Threads – $50 gift certificate
Third place – Robert Kaufman Kona – Half-yard bundle of Pantone Spring Kona cotton solids


Finally, we would really really love to see an entry from absolutely everyone who feels the slightest bit inspired by Radiant Orchid, regardless of skill level, so an entry in each category that hasn’t already won a prize will be drawn at random, and will win one of: a $25 gift certificate from Sew me a Song, a $25 gift voucher from Polka Dot Tea or a $25 gift voucher from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

We also think it’s more fun when everyone gets to participate, so we will also run a viewer’s choice award where everyone can vote on their favourite creation!  The winner will receive this amazing Radiant Orchid inspired bundle from Fabricworm.



We are delighted to have three fantastic guest judges on board.  These ladies are seriously talented quilters, designers and authors.  We love their work and know they’ll do a fantastic job when it comes to judging your entries!


From left to right: Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew, Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy, and Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced.

Other important information:

We are well and truly aware that purple is not a universally adored color.  Even if you’re really not sure about purple, we would encourage you to give it a try – you never know, you might be surprised!  You can always just make something small so that it’s not a huge investment of time and fabric – and you know, it’s called a Challenge for a reason!

To give you a helping hand on your Radiant Orchid journey, on January 13 I’ll be doing a color series post on Radiant Orchid, and on January 21 Adrianne will be sharing some inspiring purple-featuring modern quilts.

We would love to see your creations while you’re working on them, so be sure to add them to the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid Flickr Group, or tag them on Instagram using #pantonequilt.


If your stash is, like many, a little light on purple fabrics, a couple of our sponsors have put together Radiant Orchid themed bundles to give you a kickstart.

Pink Chalk Fabrics has put together this great Mulberry fat quarter bundle:

Julie from Intrepid Thread has created an entire Radiant Orchid section in her shop, so you can pick your own bundle!

And keep an eye out for a post by Lindsay at Hawthorne Threads – she’s putting together some Radiant Orchid suggestions for you!

Phew! That was quite a bit, but thanks for hanging in there. I can’t wait to see what you make!


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36 thoughts on “2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge – Radiant Orchid

  • Erin

    You just want to play with purple, don’t you? I m so excited to play with purple I have just sat on the Pink Chalk website filling up my shopping cart…. I said I wasn’t signing up for anything this year!! Three days in and you’re already making me break my resolutions :-/ can’t wait to see what you do with orchid.
    E xx

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha it’s true, I just needed an excuse to play with purple and convince other people to do the same! 😉 I apologize for making you break a resolution. 🙁 To be fair, you don’t actually sign up, you just enter in March. So it’s not quite like breaking a resolution?? Right? ^_^

  • Leanne

    I sure wish you would lay that swatch against those fabrics so I could see how it compares. I am going to order a swatch from Pantone but it will take a couple of weeks or so to get it to my house. This will be fun, I need to figure out my idea.

    • anne Post author

      I don’t actually own the swatch. 🙁 That’s just a picture I got from Pantone’s site. However, you don’t have to match it exactly, just the general ballpark is fine. 🙂 It’s pretty close to Kona Violet if you want to just go from that!

      I really can’t wait to see what you make, I’m sure it will be gorgeous!

  • oneenglishteacher

    I’m not having a hard time jumping on the purple bandwagon; I just settled on purple sashing last weekend for a quilt, but it’s closer to Kona Raisin, so it’s not quite bright enough for this challenge. No worries though! I already have some ideas for another quilt that would look lovely in a vibrant purple. I want to run to the fabric store right now.

    • anne Post author

      Yay! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! It’s not necessary to have a perfect match to it, but it’s close to Kona Violet if you’re looking for a starting point. 😀 I bet it’d be pretty paired with Kona Raisin, so you might want to save those scraps!
      I look forward to seeing your Raisin sashed project as well. I bet it’s very striking!

    • anne Post author

      I understand what you mean, and purples are hard to come by as it is! I’m really excited about a purple being the color of the year because I’m hoping it will prompt fabric designers into making more purples available to us! 🙂 I hope you convince yourself to use some of your purple stash, I’d love to see what you make!

  • Alyce

    Oooh, how tempting… I had already been thinking of making a quilt for my BFF for her birthday, which is the end of March, and her favourite colour is purple. I shall see what I can do!!

    • anne Post author

      That seems perfect! 😀 I think the stars are aligning and telling you that you should enter. 😉 I can’t wait to see what you make!

    • anne Post author

      Ooooh I love when I get a lot of ideas, and I can’t wait to see what you make! I guess choose the one that seems like it would benefit the most by being done in purple? 🙂 I usually do quite a few colored sketches before committing to a design.

    • anne Post author

      Yes, bags are fine! 🙂 They go in the mini-quilt category (along with pillows and table runners and such). I’m looking forward to see what you make!

  • jodydeschenes

    light on purple? um…hardly. purple…the color of royalty and dreamers! and beautiful in every form! so…thanks for adding ANOTHER THING to my TODO list!!!

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha you’re welcome!! I’m impressed by your purple stash! I’ve had a lot of trouble beefing up mine. Not because I don’t like purple, but because it’s been hard for me to find purple fabrics I love. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      You’re not the only one, but I’d say it’s more rare than the opposite! 🙂 The rules do state that the quilt has to be started in 2014, though. 🙁
      But I hope you make something anyway! I would love to see what you make. 😀

      • kathyinozarks

        I just saw this-looks like fun, I am doing a violet-blue project but with wool crazy quilt patches and a thin split violet leather for the lining don’t know if I would qualify though perhaps for the under 30″ as I am making a purse.
        will be fun to see what others create

        • anne Post author

          That sounds really beautiful! Purses do qualify in the mini category. 🙂 I look forward to seeing it when your’e done! Oh, just keep in mind that radiant orchid is more red-violet than blue-violet. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Yay! I’m glad you’re joining! Yes, please feel free to use a pattern from whenever. 🙂 The project itself just has to be made this year. 🙂

  • Kim M

    Man – I just saw this and I’m currently working on the perfect quilt for this challenge! Only problem is that I technically started it last year (even though most of the work was done in 2014). Wish I could join the fun!

    • anne Post author

      Awww, that’s a bummer! 🙁 You could always do a smaller version of it (like a matching pillow!) and enter that. 😀 Either way, I’d love to see the quilt you’re working on if you’re willing to share. 🙂 Is it the refracted quilt you’re working on that you’re referring to?

  • Michelle

    I just finished my entry, and it measures 31″ x 27″…so, technically it doesn’t fit into the mini or quilt category. :-/ I would still like to enter it because I made it specifically for this challenge. I treated it more as a mini while making it…but it kind of looks crib-sized. Can I fit in somewhere?

    • anne Post author

      Hey Michelle! I’m checking with Adrianne, but I think we made a mistake on the rules, and the mini category is supposed to say “shortest side is less than 30 inches.” since it should include table runners as well. You can of course enter, and I’ll let you know when I hear back! 😀

  • M-R @ Quilt Matters

    So fun! I’d love to link up my Purplelicious quilt, but I don’t think it fits your categories either. It’s a 24″ by 36″-ish (wonky edges) wallhanging. If you adjust your categories, let me know. Thanks for such a great challenge.

    • anne Post author

      Sorry for the delay on getting back to you both! Yes, we made a mistake on the rules, we never meant anyone to be excluded. I’ve updated the rules to be correct, but to reiterate here, anything where the shortest side is less than 30″ goes in the mini category.

      Thanks for prodding me to follow-up!

    • anne Post author

      Hi Jaye!
      Make sure to include the dimensions in your flickr photo description, and that’s good enough for us.
      There are three link ups, one associated with each category. Be sure to link up to the category that suits your project the best.
      If that didn’t clarify enough, please reply and I’ll be happy to help you out!