Orchid Orange Peel Quilt

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We have a finish, friends – it’s an orange peel quilt in a range of orchids and pink. And a little mustard. Front to back, it has so many of my favorites in it. Yep, I made this quilt for myself.

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Progress stalled for awhile as I tried to improve my free motion quilting skills. It…wasn’t happening. In the end, I took a suggestion from one of my Instagram friends, and quilted diagonally though the petals. I also quilted along all the straight seam lines, which makes a cool, loose crosshatch design (more visible on the back). I’ve been loving the crosshatch quilting lately.

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On the front, I used my favorite silver metallic fabric, Cotton + Steel’s Netorious in Cloud Silver. The backing is one of my all-time number-one fabric favorites, Anna Maria Horner’s Social Climber. This fabric makes me so happy, and I like the contrast with the cool, silvery front.

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The orange peels were fused on, and then I zigzagged around their edges. I used a matching thread so that the zigzagging is not very noticeable. I didn’t want to detract from the simplicity of the design, but I wanted them to stay on! I might try a different method next time I work with orange peels. This type of appliqué was a little bulky.

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It’s ready just in time for the autumn snuggle weather.

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The Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is still going on over at Amy’s Creative Side, so I’ll be linking up to the small quilts category. This quilt is about 53″ X 58″ (222″ around). Lots of lovely quilts to see — do go have a look.

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I have to say, I feel my camera is not quite accurately documenting the colors here. They are a little bolder, like in the photo I took with my iPhone below. In this photo also, the binding is more visible — it’s 40 Knots in Orchid by Rashida Coleman Hale (more Cotton + Steel). You can just see its tiny features, bringing in a bit of an orangey-mustard color.

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And now, a gratuitous photo of a neighborhood squirrel (aka my other sometimes-nemesis, Mr. Eats-everything-I’ve-ever-planted). See him?

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