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

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Now, where did I put that head scarf?

41 Responses

  1. Sooli says:

    Now see that's why you have a big stash so you can find just the right fabric for binding a quilt without leaving home! Stash justification!

  2. Vera says:

    Being a Bohemian girl this is definitely my kind of quilt 🙂 Great pics as well!

  3. Simply gorgeous. I think the large blocks, white background, and lack of sashing or border do make it modern.

  4. I love it when you go rogue! Just sparklicious.

  5. Jessamie says:

    I love this and agree with Lisa it definitely has a modern vibe!

  6. saphre1964 says:

    I love this sparkle, just love!

  7. DeborahGun says:

    Bohemian suits you! Great quilt and fun to see some batik being used.

  8. Pat says:

    Great quilt. I'd call it modern.

  9. Ooh, great quilt! Great job!

  10. Izzy says:

    I love this! I'm a huge fan of purple! 🙂

  11. It's really beautiful Molli! Love those pops of gold in some of the fabrics.

  12. I LOVE IT! But really, what's not to love about radiant orchid? 😉 Well done!

  13. Great quilt! Although, if I may be so bold… I think you should have continued with the chrysanthemum FMQ. I'm sure it would have looked great as a whole. You are just too critical of yourself. We are all our own worst enemies.

  14. Leigh Anne says:

    You make me want to work with batiks!

  15. I've shied away from batiks… mainly because that is the only thing my LQS stocks. Well, not really… but mostly. Calicos and batiks. But that binding fabric really makes me want to "give batiks a chance". Fantastic quilt… of course!

  16. Kristy says:

    This Rocks…oh, wait, can Bohemian's rock? Saunter, Haunt, Spin Sorcery…Regardless of the adjective or verb, your quilt is lovely and I bet Stevie Nicks would be happy to be associated with it. If this is you rocking your traditional vibe, I can't wait to see more.

  17. audrey says:

    YUM! And you know I love all of those delicious batiks! 🙂

  18. Auntie Pami says:

    Very nice! One of my favorite colors!

  19. Anna says:

    This was totally worth the wait and anticipation. I love it! And you're right, it is different from your usual quilts, but that's what makes quilting so fun. The ability to step out of your comfort zone and still create something beautiful.

  20. Jehnny says:

    Love it and the batiks- I've always had a secret soft spot for batiks!

  21. charlotte says:

    I agree with everyone here. Break out the head scarves!!

  22. It seems somewhat iridescent in the photos, it looks great!

  23. Lovely, again! But I have to say the batiks are great! Particularly the batik in the binding! Sometimes I feel guilty walking around the batik section (is anyone looking??) but there are so many gorgeous color combinations and patterns…just not right to ignore. Thanks for the moral support of batiks!!

  24. Holy magical sparkle dust Molli – you made batiks hawt! I LOVE this quilt – it looks great, I like how you used it to explore traditional piecing, and you made batiks (which, to be honest, I often think look more like the contents of someone's stomach than a fabric I'd like to use in a quilt) look absolutely fan-freakin-tastic. Way to work the radiant orchid girl!

  25. Anita C says:

    Is it bad of me to say how much I love the back….

  26. Kirsten says:

    Totally gorgeous!

  27. Erica Toole says:

    This is gorgeous you did an amazing job, good luck!

  28. You rocked out all those HSTs. Love the colors you used, you've really captured radiant orchid. I must say that last picture is just gorgeous!

  29. Colour perfect, design amazing, love the back as well

  30. Salley says:

    Orchids?…. Batiks?… hot and steamy Tropics, ah'd say.

  31. The O's says:

    Gorgeous, love. But that isn't unusual when it comes to my admiration of your work really is it?

  32. Casey York says:

    Ha! You just described my high school self, head scarf, incense and all (and I never even knew I was bohemian)! Seriously, though, your quilt is spectacular–well done!!

  33. Paula says:

    Seriously yummy. I'm just loving everything about this one.

  34. Janine says:

    This is beautiful!

  35. Love! I'm doing a big scrappy purple quilt soon, but I just couldn't pull it out in time for the challenge. I hope to have as much success as you did getting a lot of random prints to all look so lovely together. This is just gorgeous!

  36. Anne says:

    I'm glad you decided to participate! 😀 Also, you know how much I love that you design in pink pen, right? Good. ^_^
    Gorgeous work, and I love the batik bombing!

  37. After seeing this now I want to participate – left my run a bit late might have to knock up a pillow… Love love love this quilt !!

  38. Cheryl says:

    Love your entry, it is purply and scrappy, wonderful!

  39. jeifner says:

    I'd like to see the squares and economy blocks version as well. Looks great.

  40. zippyquilts says:

    It's a beautiful quilt, and I love the back!

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