blogger’s quilt festival: radiant gem

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, is going on now, and instead of sitting on the sidelines this time, I’m jumping in and entering!


First up in the modern quilts category, my Radiant Gem improv quilt. Apologies to those who have seen it, bear with me as I get out all the details. And to all the newcomers, welcome!

radiant gem quilt front

This quilt was made entirely with scraps from my Radiant Orchid Challenge quilt that were just too pretty not to do something with.

radiant gem quilt detail

I chose to matchstick quilt with a delicious variegated plum-purple thread from Coats & Clark. This was my first time matchstick quilting. It’s not a fast process, but well worth the effort.

radiant gem quilt detail

I used Kona Berry for the back to really show off the quilting, and I of course had to do scrappy binding.

radiant gem quilt binding

Of all of my quilts, I’m particularly fond of my little Radiant Gem. It was 100% improv, and I found the exercise very rewarding, and surprisingly relazing! It was the first time that I had absolutely no plan other than to just sit down and go (not always easy for me) and I just love how it turned out. Sometimes not having a plan is the best plan!

radiant gem quilt detail

Quilt details:

  • name – radiant gem
  • finished size- approx 27″ x 23″
  • fabric- assorted cotton solids (kona cotton, hawthorne hues and alissa haight carlton)
  • pieced and quilted by me

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is always a wealth of drool-worthy quilts and inspiration. If you haven’t already, go to Amy’s Creative Side and take a look!

And, if you’re so inclined, you can vote for my quilt here from Nov 1 to Nov 7. I’ve also entered my Neon Sea Breeze in the small quilts category, check it out  here!


5 thoughts on “blogger’s quilt festival: radiant gem

  1. Oh, I think this is a very strong contender! The colours are so rich, the improv design is great, the quilting really suites it, piecing the binding was a lovely touch. Great quilt

  2. Pingback: blogger’s quilt festival: neon sea breeze | mucho xoxo

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