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Pantone Color 2014: Using Radiant Orchid in Quilts

Out with the old, and in with the new. Pantone, the global authority on color, selected Radiant Orchid as its 2014 Color of the Year. A soft fuchsia with purple and pink undertones, the color is popping up as inspiration in fashion, graphic design, home decor and quilting!

Stack of Benartex Fabrics for Quilting
Benartex Bali Batik Fat Quarter bundle, available in the Craftsy Fabric Shop

The Pantone color 2014 is not lost on quilters, however. We see it in purple quilts from Craftsy members and in purple quilting fabric, especially in monochromatic prints and batiks. If your fabric stash is a bit light on pinks and purples, you may want to add some batik Fat Quarters or 1-yard cuts in lavender.

If following color trends is unfamiliar to you, or rather you shy away from purple and pink fabrics, we've gathered some inspiring projects from the Craftsy community.

Each of these projects uses the Pantone color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, in a fresh way.

Purple and Green Batik Quilt, Craftsy Member Project
Photo via Craftsy member wmcclella74968

Reddish purples and shades of greens are near opposites on the color wheel, so it's no wonder they play so well together in this Purple and Green Batik Quilt. The bright and cheerful fabrics use patterns like leaves and nature prints for an upbeat, earthy feel. This design can be pieced as a Jelly Roll quilt with a few smaller squares and scraps pieced into the rows.

Purple and Fuschia Quilt with Decorative Stitching
Photo via Craftsy member Skittl1321

If you are light on purple fabrics, you can use decorative stitching in Radian Orchid thread to bring in more colors to your quilting and embroidery projects. In Purple, the embroidery sampler pictured above, is a class project for Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh. The great thing about this type of project is that it is meant for playing with stitches and having fun, so you really can't go wrong!

Purple Sampler Baby Quilt - Project on Craftsy.com
Photo via Craftsy member susiequilterb

Susie's Purple Sampler Baby Quilt is a great example of how you can use different shades of a color and still create great contrast within a quilt. All of the prints in her sampler quilt use varying shades from very light pinks to very deep, saturated purples. She uses the darkest purple as sashing to clearly frame out each of the quilt blocks. Can you spot the Radiant Orchid?

Free-Form Modern Quilt Design
Photo via Craftsy member LILI

The light purple solid in The Purple Way quilt is a close match to Pantone's Radiant Orchid. This class project from Jacquie Gering's Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design utilizes negative space, large blocks and innovative piecing to incorporate fresh fabric choices that complement the free-form design of the quilt.

Purple and Blue Quilted Wall Hanging
Photo via Craftsy member Sue Heller

Purple and blue fabrics comprise the blocks of Sue's Purple Haze wall hanging. In this modern approach to piecing, the colors range from pale purples to intense blues, with the Pantone color somewhere in between. A striking black sashing and border sets apart the quilt blocks.

Feathered Quilted Table Runner - Craftsy.com
Photo via Craftsy member Casey Jones

The Purple Feathers table runner is Casey's class project from Stitch & Slash, taught by Carol Ann Waugh. Using a technique to slash and fray her layered fabrics, you can see a pink striped fabric peeking through the curves of this feathered quilting project. Swirling purples, pinks and blues play off one another for a harmonious, cool-toned color scheme.

We'd love to see your purple quilts! Do you enjoy quilting with purple fabrics like Pantone's Radiant Orchid?

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