Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Radiant Orchid Challenge

I love all things purple, so I was thrilled that Pantone's Colour of the Year was Radiant Orchid. I discovered there is a Radiant Orchid Challenge at On the Windy Side (the link is in the side bar), and I knew I had to enter.

The Challenge linky is next week, so this week, I need to get my Polly's Posies quilted and bound.

I don't know about you, but I hate to waste batting, so this morning, I was joining scraps together to make a piece big enough for the table runner. I lay one piece on top of the other, with a slight overlap, use my ruler and rotary cutter to make a straight line to join them, and then use my stitch-in-the-ditch/ edge joining foot, to sew them together.
I use the stitch on my machine that I was taught was the faggoting stitch. I hear there is a more PC name for it, now.

I marked my runner with some lines before I basted it to the batting. I am not good a free motion quilting ( I don't practice enough) so I have it marked in straight lines.

It is now basted and ready to go.

Isn't it wonderfully Purple!

I am linking up to Needlework Tuesday and WIP Wednesday.


  1. I join batting pieces all the time using a wide-ish zig zag stitch. Frankenstein batting is a wonderful thing, it uses up scrappy bits and saves money. Your table-runner is coming along nicely. I can't wait to see all the radiant orchid quilts in the challenge. I was shocked when I read about it that many people don't like/don't use purple! It is my absolute favorite color for quilts and pretty much everything else.

  2. Very purple indeed, lovely, and batting, there is a tape that bonds batting together, but the stitch you used is so good, and probably there might well be another term for it these days. I keep all my batting pieces, small ones ideal for tiny projects. Not a hoarder, just very practical, almost frugal some would say. But at so many dollars per metre, why not save all. Cheers, Jean.

  3. Good idea to join batting. Your runner will be lovely!

  4. Ahem...To ease your troubled mind, in stitchery, "faggotting" (with two 't's because I'm Canadian and I think this is a British term) is defined thus: "faggotting: Web definitions:
    An intricate openwork stitch that delicately joins seams – used predominately with lightweight fabric." - There you go; you can feel better now. It is completely unrelated to the pejorative term "faggot".

  5. Can't wait to see your finished Radiant Orchid project! Looks great so far.

  6. HI Kate, your table runner is looking terrific. The Radiant Purple is a lovely colour. Have used it more than a few times.
    I am also of the club that pieces batting. I feel it works best when there is going to be a fair amount of quilting involved as there is little risk of it coming apart in use.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday. Always great to be inspired by your projects.

  7. Very nice table runner, and I, too, join my scraps this way.