Thursday, July 10, 2014

Orange Peel QAL

Have you heard about the Orange Peel Quilt along happening over at the Quilt Habit?  It's running June 30th through September 8th with a link-up opening on August 23.  There will be four prizes awarded at the end for Viewer's Choice, Quilts (shortest side longer than 30"), Just the Top (for unfinished quilt tops), and Mini's (longest side shorter than 30").  Check out Jess's kick-off post for more details!

Orange peels have been on my bucket list for awhile, though I don't think I included them on my Quilt Bucket List earlier this year...  There are just so many amazing things I want to make but forget about!  I saw one inspiration photo that really drew me in and I felt so inspired.  It's from Three Kitchen Fairies.  You can find her full post about the quilt here.

So using this beautiful quilt as a launch pad I sketched a design out.  Ignore the colors for now.  These just happened to be the pen colors I had on hand at the moment.  Though the don't look to bad together.   It's fun.  It's edgy.  It's a little haphazard and just far enough outside of my comfort zone to be exciting!

I picked up some super light weight fusible interfacing this afternoon and plan on trying this approach to making the orange peels.  I like that there's no needle turning involved.  Easier is always better in my book.  I'll pull fabric tonight and hopefully get started soon!  I'm thinking a loosely defined red, white and blue color palette?


  1. I saw this quiltalong, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I love your inspiration photo, you've given me some new ideas.

  2. Love the idea of HSTs and orange peels! I might have to make this my "hand stitching at the beach" project and join in.

  3. Yay, this is awesome! It's seriously the easiest way to do it and it's so much fun. I have to write up my post on the tips for that method still, for Monday. :) Heh. Anyway, like I said on IG, I can't wait to see! Thank you for spreading the word!

  4. Totally looking forward to watching this quilt top develop for you! Your sketch looks fab!

  5. Let me know how the interfacing method goes! I tried something similar with circles and a different stabiliser. It was a disaster and I ended up doing hand appliqué, and the project is now languishing in the unfinished and forgotten pile. I can see how lightweight interfacing would work, however, and I am excited.

  6. Yes let us know how it goes! I have seen so many tutorials and have always wanted to make my own. You may have inspired me :)


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