Friday, September 13, 2013

Radiant Triangles

"Radiant Triangles" 21" x 29"
Radiant by RaNae Merrill for Blank Quilting
One of the newer, more compelling, fabric collections from Blank Quilting is Radiant, by designer RaNae Merrill. This two-piece collection comes in four colorways, and the graduated, ombré panel can create dynamic results with simple patchwork.

This is a modified version of the pattern, "Infinite Triangles" by Tracey Brookshier at Brookshier Design Studio [of the Bento Box pattern fame]. As you can see, the quilt top is comprised of only half square triangles. How easy is that?

I have paired the amber color way of Radiant with Eclipse jet black and let the glow move across the quilt to create a backlit silhouette.

Five or six different variegated and solid 50 wt. cotton threads were used for the free-motion quilting.
Free-motion quilting with solid and variegated threads
by WonderFil and Aurifil.
On different areas of the quilt top, the top thread was changed to correspond with the color and value (brightness or darkness) of the patchwork.
Free-motion swirls and pods quilting pattern.
I also changed the bobbin thread so the color matched that of the top thread.
The bobbin thread [Superior Bottom Line] color
is changed to match the top thread color.
Finished size: 21" x 29". Thread: Aurifil 50/2 cotton and Wonderfil Tutti and Kotton 50 wt. in the top; and Superior Thread Bottom Line 60 wt. poly in the bobbin. 8.25 hours of free-motion quilting. Two bobbins. 

The color extends into the binding so there is no break in the design. The binding has butted corners rather than mitered. (Thanks to Geri, Mary and Karen, my design critique group, for the input on this aspect of the composition.) 
The color break extends into the binding. 
The backing is Blank Quilting's Fusion Illusion 108" wide backing (color: cherry). Yes, this quilt didn't need  the 108" width, but I have become so spoiled using wide backings, so even my smaller quilts use fabric from these collections. The cherry color complemented the front and the subtle, tone-on-tone pattern allows the quilting pattern to show. You can see the "swirls and pods" pattern on the back as well as the color change of the bobbin thread.
"Radiant Triangles," back view.
To see other examples of RaNae Merrill's Radiant quilts, visit her web site. A free pattern using this collection can be found on the Blank Quilting web site.
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