Friday, February 21, 2014

Wanna make your patchwork glow?

I mentioned that I attended RaNae Merrill's lecture at the Smoky Mt. Quilters Guild in this earlier blogpost. This is one of the fabrics she has designed called Radiant. Can you see how it glows?
Radiant by RaNae Merrill for Blank Quilting.
Below is the beginning of my project from a new class that she is developing that uses it. The bias strip running up the center of this piece is Radiant in the hunter colorway. One end is light [bottom of picture] and graduates to a medium value and then to a dark hunter green [top of picture].
Using Radiant fabric for a bias stem.
Cutting this fabric panel crosswise or on the bias offers a glowing effect! The fabric does this all by itself—how cool is that?!?

Here is what a panel in the red colorway looks like. Lots of potential for spirals, bias stems, glowing borders and bindings, appliqué, patchwork or even as a background for silhouettes, landscapes, seascapes and scenes of all kinds!

When I asked RaNae about designing this fabric, she said she had been developing her spiral quilts around that time. "Quilters know what to do with this fabric," she added. So, here are a few examples of how RaNae and others have used these fabrics from the Radiant collection in quilts.
The starburst makes a perfect fussy-cut center.
"Birds of Paradise" by Priscilla Roehm
from Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts
"Sails & Waves" by RaNae Merrill
quilted by Linda V. Taylor
from Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts
"Heat Wave"  by Ruth Shadar
from Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts
For my quilting friends in Chattanooga, the surrounding areas and those who visit me via the web: 

Wanna get a hold of a panel or two of this fabulous fabric and its companion pieces?? Here are some shops that currently have it: Hyderhangout [Cleveland, TN], Persephone's Creations [Soddy Daisy, TN] (new colorways coming in), The Sewing Shop [Dayton, TN], Kiwiquilts [Powder Springs, GA], Red Barn Custom Quilts [Sevierville, TN], Little Blessings [Crossville, TN], Thread Bear Fabrics [Cumming, GA] or look for Quick Qut Quilts in the vendor mall of major quilt shows.

Make your next appliqué, patchwork, or landscape quilt glow!!
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