Radiant Orchid – Detour to Grandma’s House

She’s Done!  Well, not quite done but the quilt top is done.  While I had, of course, planned to have this baby sandwiched, quilted, and bound by today, it became pretty clear that wasn’t going to happen.  Between working, mothering, and otherwise having a non-sewing life I failed to get the batting that is a requirement for doing the quilting.  On the positive side, Oakland decided to put on a show last weekend of just how pretty it can be here and I took the opportunity to pin the quilt top to the magnolia in the front yard and get some nice pictures using a camera other than my phone.

Pantone Quilt Trees

I based my quilt on the Lovely Little Tress in the Forest Quilt but instead of a wall hanging with green trees I made a 38″x44″ radiant orchid forest using solids from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  I also arranged my trees to make a path for my special guests.

Pantone Quilt Trees

Little Red here needs to make her way through this very odd forest to her pal The Wolf.  See, Grandmother’s house loses some of it’s appeal when the forest turns purple.  Days like these call for adventure.

 

 

little red the wolf

My plan calls for the winding path to be done in the quilting. I’m pretty excited to see how it will turn out.

 

 

pantonequilttop7

 

It look me a couple of tries to get the trees to come out ‘non-wonky’ and the sharpness of the lines leaves a lot to be desired.  I’ve never made a quilt with such small piecing and I clearly need a bit of practice.  Each tree ends up being 3 1/2″ x 4″.

Working on the pattern the trees would take against the white took a good long time but was also my favorite part (other than the embroidery.  I love the embroidery). I used a LOT of tape on my wall – you can see the in progress shots here.  I also continued watching (less) bad movies. The final push saw “Robin Hood, Men in Tights”, “Penelope”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (this was during the embroidery phase), and a couple of “Firefly” episodes. I ended strong.  We’ll see what the quilting phase brings (hint: it will be Luther episodes)

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10 thoughts on “Radiant Orchid – Detour to Grandma’s House

    • I really like the idea and hope it turns out. I’ve started drawing my quilting lines – think I’m going to zig zag around the trees. Hopefully, I’ll get the sandwich done tonight.

    • Thank you! The embroidery made me really happy, especially the wolf. I also enjoyed spending a nice portion of my work day going down the worm hole of google images searching little red riding hood – illustration.

  1. Oh wow, this is such an amazing quilt! I’ve seen bits and pieces show up on instagram, but it’s wonderful to see in full color and glory! I love the pathway through the trees and the embroidery is fantastic!! Beautiful work!! I can’t wait to see it quilted. :D

  2. This is awesome – love how you’re working a real story into your quilt. I think the trees look really fab – the purple colour makes me thing the sun is going down in this particular forest. I too cannot wait to see it quilted!

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