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Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in 2014 Pantone, Featured, Works in Progress | 36 comments

Pantone Quilt Top

Pantone Quilt Top


As you might know by now, the Pantone Quilt Challenge link-up starts this Friday and runs for a week. Adrianne and I aren’t allowed to enter, but we couldn’t let you all have all the fun!


I made this design based on a modification I made to a woven chevron block originally created by Alyssa @ Pile o’ Fabric for her Skill Builder 2013 sampler. I liked the modification and decided to try it out ย repeated as a quilt.


Karen @ CapitolaQuilter is the smart cookie who suggested that instead of dealing with all of those HSTs and QSTs, I should instead build the quilt on the diagonal. Genius!


Once I figured out a good system so that my rows didn’t get all messed up when I was sewing them, this went together very quickly. It’s a great stash buster, too. Each of the zig zag stripes used up an entire fat quarter.

wovenchevronipThe “radiant orchid” in this quilt is a Kaffe shot cotton. I use scare quotes because it’s not actually Radiant Orchid, but I figure it’s close enough.


I have no idea what to do for the back or quilting, any suggestions?


Oh, and check out what Adrianne @ On The Windy Side did for her Pantone quilt! Guess Kaffe got involved for both of us. :)

Linking up to Lee @ Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday!


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  1. I would keep the whole thing low volume — maybe a small floral or a small geometric. Definitely I would include a touch of the orchid on the back perhaps in the print or some piecees of that lovely shot cotton.

    • Hrmmm if I can find more of that noteworthy print, it actually has little pinkish-purple bits in it that are somewhat reminiscent of radiant orchid, which might pick it up nicely! Thank you for the suggestion!

    • Thank you, Paula! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m really happy with how it came out!

  2. both of your quilts are great! love the way Karen suggested you do the assembly to avoid the T’s! yay, Radiant Orchid! you girls did it proud!

    • Karen’s a smart cookie for sure! I never would have thought of that, and yet it made a world of difference. :) Super fast to put together once I got my system down.

  3. the back might be cool in almost entirely the ‘orchid’ shot cotton with just a touch of off-white (kind of opposite of the front) – and then if you quilt it in off-white, you will have an awesome off-white quilted pattern on the ‘orchid’ – almost like a whole cloth quilt for the back, or more appropriately, 2nd front! (;

    • Ohhh oh!! I could do one off-white/grey chevron that does the same weave in and out as on the front, but have it weave in and out of the background radiant orchid, so that it looks like it’s weaving in and out of the background itself. :) I may just have to do that! Thank you for the suggestion!

  4. great pattern! the way you put it together is really genius!

    • Thanks Vera! Although Karen gets the credit for coming up with the method. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. So pretty. I think a small flora in matched colors would look really nice. Or you could always go navy :)

    • omg. Navy. I might just have to do the binding in navy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for suggesting that! (How’d I forget about navy?!)

  6. I agree with Jodyโ€ฆmore orchid and vibrancy on the back and maybe just a square of your pattern with the intersectionโ€ฆ.and that square in low volume.

    • Ohh that’s a cool idea as well! I was thinking of doing a full zig zag, weaving in and out of the background, but it might also look cool to have just a single section of it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for the suggestion!

  7. Woohoo Anne – it looks fantastic! I think it would be amazing (but a lot of work) to continue the woven chevron pattern with the quilting. If you’re going to FMQ it, you might as well make life easy for yourself and use a light neutral on the back so your quilting blends into the back too. Maybe a solid so you can really see the quilting… Anyway, it’s luuuurvely!

    • Thanks Adrianne! <3 This quilt doesn’t really have a home, so it might be a good piece for practicing some FMQ on, because heavens knows I need some practice! :) Do you mean to follow the design on the front, or offset and FMQ the woven chevron pattern over the top of it? (Does that make sense? I have no idea what I’m talking about. :)

  8. Beautiful! Soft and lovely and the design is so elegant.

    • Thank you Kat! :) My original design was rainbow (I love rainbow!) which was anything but elegant. LOL I’m glad I did the toned down version!

  9. I’ve love this quilt since I first saw your peek at the design. I’d go with something orchid for the back. Also, “scare quotes” are new to me. Funny!

    • Thank you! I am definitely starting to lean towards an orchid back. Thank you for the suggestion! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I just looked it up, and it turns out “scare quotes” is a real term! I assumed it was a colloquialism. But it really means to use quotation marks to imply you’re using the term skeptically or that you disagree with it in some form. :)

  10. This is beautiful with all of the low volume and then a spark of color, so different from your future music quilt.

    • Thank you so much! I plan to use a lot of greys on the music quilt, but not nearly this many. :) But there will probably be a little similarity when I’m done! I need to try a quilt with no low volume prints. I think i’d find that really challenging!

  11. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I’m very glad you’re not allowed to enter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hahaha thanks Charlotte! I don’t think you would have needed to worry, I’ve seen the beauty you’re entering!

  12. Just gorgeous Anne!! And i too like the idea of backing it in radiant orchid and quilting in a neutral! But whatever you come up with it’s going to be awesome! Beautiful work!

    • Thank you so much, Nicole! ๐Ÿ˜€ You guys have convinced me, radiant orchid on the back is definitely winning. :) Now I just need to figure out how I’d quilt the thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you, Sarah! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m on board with using the radiant orchid tone for the back! I don’t normally like using such large pieces of Kaffe shots because they’re so thin, but I think I can get it to work. :)

  13. I love the design, and I think piecing it on the diagonal was a stroke of genius! Even though I usually don’t like piecing on the diagonal, it seems like in this case, it would definitely be the way to go!

    • Karen’s definitely a genius for figuring out a better solution to creating this thing! I learned quite a bit about piecing on the diagonal. For one, it’s a lot more stretchy even though the pieces aren’t cut on the bias. I wonder if it’s because the weight of the quilt IS pulling on the bias? For this thing to ever be square, it would require a bit of blocking. :)

  14. This is AMAZING! I absolutely love it. You say it has no home, but I have a home… ๐Ÿ˜€ yes? Oh, that thing about international postage and the weight of an entire quilt… Right. Not my home then… Well then I am going to insist on a tutorial :-) lol.
    Seriously, this is stunningly beautiful. You should be immensely proud of yourself.
    E xx

    • Hahahah A tutorial I can definitely do. :) I want to do a more colorful mini-quilt version, so I can use that for the tutorial photos.
      Thanks so much, Erin! <3 I really appreciate your encouragement!

  15. So lovely Anne. You have had lots of great suggestions so I won’t add any more!!

    • Thanks Deb! ๐Ÿ˜€ As soon as I get the other 3 things off my plate in front of it, I can get the back started. lol

  16. Gorgeous quilt! Purple is my favorite color, and it looks beautiful paired with gray.

    • Thank you so much! At some point soon, I hope to write up a tutorial for this design. :)
      You must be loving this year’s pantone color if you love purple. ๐Ÿ˜€

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