Boxed Radiance

by Nicole

Have you seen the lovely purple quilts popping up all over the internet? I’m guessing they have something to do with the Pantone Quilt Challenge.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

I’ve had my mind on the Pantone challenge ever since Adrianne of On the Windy Side announced it a couple of months ago.

I started working on a quilt for the challenge this past weekend. I had a couple of false starts and was about to pass on the challenge on Tuesday night after admitting to myself that I didn’t like the quilt in progress.

Then I looked through the Modern Blocks book for inspiration. I found some in Faith Jones’ Boxed In block. I drafted the block in EQ7 and played around with the layout, rotating blocks here and there. I came up with a design I liked and got started on Wednesday.

First came the blocks.

Boxed Radiance_blocks

And when I had enough blocks, a top was born yesterday.

Boxed Radiance_Top

Then came the quilting of a million stitches in straight lines, each 3/8″ apart.

Boxed Radiance_quilting

For the binding, I chose a chevron fabric from my stash that I’ve been saving for just the right quilt.

Boxed Radiance_Binding

The quilt is done and I’m breathing a sigh of relief. I met the challenge by pushing past my initial false starts and making the quilt in three days.

Allow me to introduce, Boxed Radiance, my response to the Pantone Quilt Challenge. At 52″ by 52″ she is a great size to serve as a lap quilt.

Boxed Radiance

Now that Boxed Radiance is all done, I can get back to those Birds in the Air who have been waiting far too long for some attention.

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AnnMarie March 22, 2014 - 2:39 am

This is a really great quilt. I totally LOVE your quilting!

carla March 22, 2014 - 3:58 am

Hi!!!!! I love it all!!!!! Very modern and pretty!!!!! Wonderful quilting!!!!! Glad you change your mind and finished it!!!!!! Great size too!!!!

shelley March 22, 2014 - 4:08 am

Hope you can hear all my ooh's and ahh's all the way from Indy. She's a beauty! And in record time!

Marls March 22, 2014 - 4:46 am

LOVE it. Great fabric layout and your quilting really makes it shine.

Amira@littlemushroomcap March 22, 2014 - 5:12 am

gorgeous.. simple and clean!

Bower Bird Patch March 22, 2014 - 6:15 am

Just gorgeous Nicole and very much your style. I think this is my favourite of the radiant orchids I've seen….thanks for sharing…

Suze March 22, 2014 - 6:26 am

Absolutely beautiful. It's amazing how blocks come together sometimes. I like the layout immensely. Thanks for the great post. Oh yeah, as always your quilting is impeccable.

Patchwork and Play March 22, 2014 - 7:14 am

Oh, this is gorgeous Nicole! I bet you are happy you persisted with your efforts! Good luck in the Challenge- it is a winner in my book! It is my favourite too!

Gertie Pye March 22, 2014 - 8:17 am

Love this quilt Nicole and the stripey binding is perfect!

Esther F. March 22, 2014 - 8:44 am

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!
Love the purples!!!
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Megan March 22, 2014 - 9:42 am

It's lovely Nicole – so fresh looking. I really like the binding with those little pops of green that add extra zing.

M-R Charbonneau March 22, 2014 - 11:17 am

Wow, I never would have recognized the Boxed In block had you not mentioned it, Nicole. Love your layout! The quilting gives great movement too. Beautiful!

Katy Cameron March 22, 2014 - 11:45 am

Yay, glad you found a way in the end, it looks great :o)

Quilt Musings March 22, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Beautifully done! Good luck 🙂

Kelly March 22, 2014 - 1:20 pm


Leanne March 22, 2014 - 1:25 pm

It's beautiful, I love the pattern and the colours you used!

Books_Bound March 22, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Gorgeous, as always! I really like the fun binding–this really is the perfect quilt for it!

Nana-Bob March 22, 2014 - 2:37 pm

WOW, I love it. Are you writing a pattern for it? Just wow!

shelly bowen March 22, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Purple is not my favorite so I had my doubts whether I would like your final result but wow, gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE the binding.

HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'n March 22, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Beautiful! I love purple anyway and that binding is perfect.

Beginners Luck Quilter March 22, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Can you tell us what fabric the binding is? It just "makes" the quilt. Purple isn't my favourite colour but this quilt is stunning – it's the movement and white areas that makes it shine along with the binding that just brings it all together I think! March 22, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Sure thing! It's Michael Miller Botanika New Chevron in Violet. It also comes in blue.
Thanks for stopping by with the kind words!

~Diana March 22, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Wonderful, Wonderful!

zippyquilts March 22, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Nice job–love it!

DeborahGun March 23, 2014 - 2:42 am

its gorgeous 🙂

Rachel March 23, 2014 - 3:05 am

Beautiful! It just sparkles!

thread_bunny March 23, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Beautiful! Striking pattern, yet inviting for a cuddle!

suemac March 23, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I do love the simple solids and boxy design. Very nice.

skyberries March 24, 2014 - 1:37 am

Wow! This quilt makes such a great impact! Love it so much!

Cynthia March 24, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Love this! You are amazing–3 days!! And the binding is perfect-great choice!! I am also very impressed with your quilting!! Nice work!

Anne March 25, 2014 - 12:22 am

I can't believe that you made this in 3 days, that's incredible! This quilt is gorgeous, and I love the large pinwheel shape that's showing up in the negative space. The whole thing is so dynamic and all the variety in the purples makes it so interesting. Beautiful work!

Tamie March 25, 2014 - 1:36 am

Lovely orchid colors. Can't wait to see how Birds in the Air turns out.

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side March 25, 2014 - 2:11 am

Hey there Miss Speedy! Love your work as always! I especially like how this quilt has so much movement and almost looks curvy, even though it's all straight lines.

Joy March 26, 2014 - 5:15 am

Oh.. Nicole.. I love this quilt one of my favorite colors! ♥

Lisa Lisa April 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

I'm catching up on my favorite blogs and came across this post I missed. Beautiful! I love the colors, and the layout is simply amazing. You did it again, Nicole!

Sarah April 11, 2014 - 3:34 pm

She's a beauty! I love the design, the colours, the quilting, everything. I'm impressed with a three day quilt.

PT in SC May 3, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Fantastic job, I love everthing about it. I just found your blog through Jeni Baker's favorites.

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