TGIFF – Bohemian Radiance
Bohemian is probably not a word I would typically use to describe my sparkly self. I may be on the edge of seventeen, but I don’t tend to wrap myself in head scarves, light up the incense, and call myself Stevie Nicks! With this quilt though I wanted to take the opportunity to explore my inner bohemian goddess (and I may have lit up the incense after all!)
Originally, I wasn’t really planning on creating a quilt for the Radiant Orchid Pantone Quilt Challenge. I was all like, “Nope! I’m going to stay focused on the projects I’ve already started.” But there I stood in Tokyo fabric shop, Tomato, staring down at fat eighths of Pat Bravo’s Bohemian Soul for Art Gallery, and I knew I couldn’t help myself.
Then as soon as I was on my way back to Sydney, tucked safely away in an airport lounge for 12 hours, I began to glitter-pen some ideas into my sketch book. As soon as I got to this one, I knew it was the one. How did I know? Well, it had a more traditional vibe, which is an area I haven’t confidently explored much in my quilting journey.
I have spent so much time lately on projects containing only one fabric range (witness Shudder and D!), I knew this one had to be scrap-tastic. So after raiding my stash I found about 20 other radiant orchid inspired prints, and threw them all together with some cream tone-on-tone for some purple-passion love. It might as well be blackberry pie a la mode, because it is d. lish. us.
I created four of these blocks, each consisting of 32 half-square triangle units, and 4 squares. However, I’d like to make it again using HSTs, squares, flying geese units, and fussy-cut Economy Blocks. Hmm … maybe I should write that up as a pattern because I think it would have a decidedly different aesthetic worth exploring.
Oh, did you notice all those batiks on the front? Yeah, that’s right, I used them–hard core. What’s more? I turned this business around and backed the whole thing in leftover HSTs and some more radiant orchid batiks I also had hiding in my stash. Seriously, my stash was overflowing with radiant orchid and I didn’t even know!
A big call, but this is my new favourite binding! I found this little slice of batik heaven buried in my stash. It magically incorporates all of the colours from the quilt, and I had just enough, with a scrap left over for good measure. Serendipity!
I used Aurifil variegated lavender (3840) for the quilting. Now, small confession: I had originally planned to do some chrysanthemum FMQ. I made lots of sandwiches (yum), practiced until my fingers were almost, not nearly bleeding, and was sure I had it in the bag. Then I spent an hour ripping out stitches. Ow! Glitter in my eye! I did learn lots from the experience though, and I’ll work it out someday.
So that, my Glitterati, is how Molli Sparkles rocks the radiant orchid–bohemian style. I’m sure I’ll be shifting gears entirely on my next project, and you’ll once again find me in the land of modern.
Some quick quilt facts:
Title: Bohemian Radiance
Size: 41″ x 41″
Quilt Design: designed by moi
Quilting: straight line quilting by me with Aurifil 50wt, Colour 3840 Variegated Lavendar
Binding: hand stitched with Aurifil 50wt, Colour 3840 Variegated Lavendar
Backing: coordinating radiant orchid batiks, with HST stripes
Label: hand-written, sewn into binding
Favourite Part: the radiant orchid-ness of it all
Now, where did I put that head scarf?