Friday, August 1, 2014

Drowning in Orange Peels

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway from this weeks Mosaic Tuesday post.  I so much appreciate all of your comments and loved reading about where you find inspiration.  I've tried to reply to each of you but with so many I may have missed some.  If so, I'm so sorry!  I'll be picking a winner tonight and announcing tomorrow.

I've been steadily working away on my Orange Peel quilt along quilt.  I spent a decent chunk of time top stitching the orange peels down.

When I was finished I ended up with this massive pile of peels and half-square triangles ready and waiting to be laid out.

 But when I started laying them out.  I didn't like the size or how busy it was.

So I spent another day cutting 2.5 inch solid squares to break up the noise a little bit and ended up with this layout.  You sort of lose the effect of the orange peel pattern I think....

I'm still not in love with it like I hoped I would be.  The points on my orange peels are iffy at best.  But I started piecing it together anyhow.

And when I did I ran into more problems with none of my seams matching up.  Ugh.  It was just one of those weeks I suppose.  I set it aside and haven't touched it for 5 days.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that I'm training for and running a half-marathon at the end of October to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth or CHaD.  You can find more information or donate on this page.  I'm sure I'll still have time for sewing but the timeliness of my blog posts may suffer as a result.

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!


  1. Gee, you make me hesitate about this design. My blocks will be so much bigger, like 6" (I need to speed up the process). Maybe I will try do to HST in white/grey, and use my colored fabrics only for the orange peel. This way, the orange peel design will show more. I need to get back to my Visio design. For your matching seams, have you tried to glue and iron your peel before stitching them ? I never tried it but it suppose to shift left than pins (or fingers). Good luck for your half marathon.

  2. I forgot to say... It's so sad when our work doesn't end out as we thought it would. But usually it's only in our head. It's still look good, busy, but good.

  3. Good luck training and running in a half marathon. Sorry to hear about the troubles with this project. I do like the updated layout with some extra 2.5" squares added in.

  4. I love the sense of motion you get from the orange peels, even if each one is not standing out. Maybe when you get it all stitched together you'll feel differently... that often happens to me!

  5. Looking good! You should keep the orange nail polish on while making orange peels, lol.

  6. I think you have hit quilt hump day. Hang in there, it will get better. I really like the colours and think it will all turn out lovely in the end. There is always a point in every quilt when I wonder what I was thinking. It usually passes.
    We are facing a mountain of orange peel too. The local crows and every other bird within a decent radius has found our fruit-laden mandarin tree. They eat the mandarins and fling the peel all about the garden in a bright orange mess. The cat just sits on the outdoor sofa and watches.

  7. I love, love, love the colors in this quilt! I never would have placed the lavender color with that mix, but it makes the whole thing pop and look sophisticated. I also like the solid blocks it breaks up the repetition of the orange peels and keeps the eye moving. The designer in me in all excited to see this on finished even if it's not your favorite! Good luck on your run, what a great cause :)

  8. I really like your updated layout! I understand how you feel about it though; I have many projects shoved aside for when I fee like looking at them again...

    Good luck with your training!


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