I’ve been wanting to make something with orange peels for a long time! I love the patterns they make. Here’s what I’m working on:
This summer I followed the Orange Peel Quilt-a-long at Quilty Habit. First I made this mini for practice. I love these gentler colors. I might be the only one, but hey.
I wondered it it would be easier to stitch the squares together or attach the peels first. For this one, I sewed the squares together first. But some of the peels shifted when I fused them on (see lower right quadrant, below), and fixing that would mean unstitching squares and rows and replacing them.
I didn’t fix that, since this was for practice (lazy? yes, but the dolls don’t care), but when I made the bigger quilt, I attached the peels first. Now I think maybe THAT wasn’t the best way. This style of appliqué renders the peels kind of thick (although I THOUGHT I chose a thin interfacing). When I tried to sew the squares together, the foot didn’t want to go over the peel, which resulted in pulling of the fabric at the seam, and *waaah* rather ugly seams. Not happy. I tried a few different things, but I couldn’t find a way to make it work better. (Sorry the wrinkly pics — I waited oh, a week, to get someone to help me take some pictures during daylight!)
Quilty Habit referenced this tutorial at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts, in which you sew down the peels as part of the quilting. I will attempt this, and then probably echo the shape of the petal. I am concerned this is going to be a bit of trouble for me! This is all new to me, so we’ll see how it goes.
Before I get to the quilting, I’m trying to decide if I should add a border. Originally I didn’t plan for a border, but as it is, this quilt top is 45 by 50. The fall snuggling-under-quilts season has begun, and I’m thinking this size is a little too small. A five-inch border would bring it to 55 by 60 — better? And then, if I go that way, what color of border? Lots of questions yet. Let me know your thoughts!