Finish: Radiant Orchid Weave Quilt 16

I mentioned a bit ago that I got a lot done at our yearly quilting retreat. One of the things I finished was the quilting on my Radiant Orchid challenge quilt. I figured I should try finishing it before they announce the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, otherwise it might never get done!


Lately, I’ve made quite a few quilts that I’m rather proud of. This is totally not one of them. I feel like I should lie and tell people it’s my first quilt just to explain away all the construction issues with this thing.


I made it in a hurry (challenge deadline, yay!), it was a new pattern I was playing with, I was just learning my new machine and it was my first time constructing things on the diagonal. I definitely learned a lot from the experience…


Most of the issues aren’t visible in these photos, but I assure you they’re there. This poor thing has seams that are already coming apart because the seam allowances were too small from getting used to a new machine/foot, the corners are stretched out due to all the pressure on the bias, and I wasn’t paying attention to how I wanted to quilt it and changed my mind a couple times but didn’t bother ripping out the old stuff.


Because it was all stretched out of shape, it puckered in places. My walking foot leaked grease on one of the lighter prints. I used fat quarters for the binding so there are seams everywhere. I even seem to have photographed the finished quilt upside down! Seriously.


So all in all, not my finest work. But you know what? It is really good at keeping me warm, and the cats love it. And when it gets covered in fur and the animals kinda destroy it? I might even be the teensiest bit relieved.


Radiant Orchid Weave
Dimensions: 50″-ish x 50″-ish
Design: Inspired by the Woven Chevron block by Alyssa @ Pile O’ Fabric
Fabrics: Violet Shot Cotton by Kaffe Fasset, random stuff from stash, Kona Snow background
Backing: Crosshatch in Grey (extra-wide) by Carolyn Friedlander
Binding: Multi-Stripe in Raspberry by Kaffe Fasset
Excitement over Pantone Color of the Year 2015: High


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16 thoughts on “Finish: Radiant Orchid Weave Quilt

  • capitolaquilter

    Seriously. But hey, congrats on the finish and all of the “firsts” involved in the quilt. This problem child looks great in the photo and besides, they shouldn’t all be too precious to let the animals trash so in the end the bumps in the road were a good thing.

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha thank you. 🙂 At least I’m more comfortable with my machine now. 🙂 And I agree, having a quilt that I don’t care if the animals thrash means that it will actually get used. Which is what it’s about, right??

    • anne Post author

      Hahah thank you! I just kept saying “Finished is better than perfect. Or even mediocre.” LOL Once I’ve gotten through the pain of basting, it seems like a waste to not just go ahead and do some quilting and binding. It’d be like going through the trouble of putting everything in the kiln and then not taking them off the mandrels and cleaning them. 🙂

      BTW, I’m totally getting the bug to play with lampworking again after seeing all the gorgeous things you all are making. Maybe over Christmas break I’ll see if I can find my stuff and fire a few things. Using the torches in metalworking is making me a lot more comfortable with the flame!

  • Ruth

    I need one of those for Wilbur – oh wait have 2 (problem quilts that is!) Seriously. I really like this, love the colours and as a design it works beautifully!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Ruth! 😀 Sounds like Wilbur will be kept warm this winter. 😉 I know my animals will be happy to finally have a quilt that I’ll let them sleep on! Of course I really should have done it in browns so the fur wouldn’t show so much. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Aww, thanks Stacey! I totally want to see your mini version!!! You’re not busy or anything, right? 😉
      My problem with QDAD is that I have so many things I want to try, I never want to take the time to do a pattern AGAIN.

  • Nurdan

    Lovely quilt Anne! Love your colours and combinations. I am scared of using soft and neutral colours together; mostly my inability. This quilt has given me some encouragement to give it a try! 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Oh wow, thank you!! That’s the best compliment you can give someone, that they inspired you to do something! 😀 I’d love to see what you make if you end up tackling the softer side. 🙂

  • Juna Carle

    I super-like the color combo too…or lack thereof as the case may be 🙂 And as someone mentioned above, the photo doesn’t show any of the problems you described. I am proud of you for finishing it considering all the issues you had with your machine! I might have tossed in the towel.

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! 😀 Like many mistake-riddled things in my life, a little distance and it all starts looking good. 😉 I’m currently sitting under the quilt and I can’t really see most of the problems anymore either. 🙂 So I’m glad I finished it. Sometimes stubbornness pays!

    • anne Post author

      I made up the pattern, and I never wrote it down. But basically it’s regular square patchwork, just on point. So the rows are put together diagonally instead of horizontally or vertically, if that makes sense? I am very back logged on patterns I need to write up, but hopefully I will have a chance to get to them soon. This one is a lot easier than it looks. 🙂