Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Orange Peel

Now that Fall is upon us and Winter not too far behind, I decided I needed a hand sewing project. Seems I spend much more time in the evening sitting on the couch and watching TV this time of year. I considered some EPP, but decided I hadn't had an appliqué project in a while. I thought about doing another Joseph's Coat, but wanting something a bit simpler, I went with the traditional Orange Peel block.


I'm using 10" squares of a light gray shot cotton for the background and rich colors of teal, orange, gray, green, eggplant and navy for the "petals". I'm leaving a tiny bit of space between the petals, so I don't have to worry about them touching perfectly and telling my self that this makes it a little more modern.


I've got 8 blocks ready to go and then I'l re-evaluate to see if I like the proportions. I'm hoping to use a different fabric for each petal {30 blocks x 4 petals = 120 fabrics}


My method for turning under the edges is freezer paper and starch. Let me know if any of you would like to see how I'm doing that!

26 comments:

  1. I'd like to see your freezer paper and starch method, I always have trouble with that step and it scares me away from projects like this.

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  2. The project is coming along beautifully, I love all the pretty fabric.

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  3. I would like to see how you use the freezer paper and starch, please!

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  4. Yes I too would like to see this. This is going to be a very pretty project!

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  5. Would love to see how it's done.

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  6. Love your petals! I would like to see how you do it too.

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  7. This will be so pretty! I am doing orange peels by basting the petals to freezer paper first. Maybe your method would be quicker

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  8. Yes I would like to see how you do this method. thanks

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  9. Definitely would love a tutorial. Do you leave the paper in or remove it before stitching? I imagine that if you are starching it you remove. Do you use glue to keep the petals in place as you stitch? Do you remove the fabric in back of the petal after it's stitch? So many questions... I love the colors on this one. Really lovely.

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  10. Your orange peel segments look so fresh and modern! Looking forward to seeing this come together.

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  11. Looks beautiful! Can't wait to see how this progresses...

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  12. Love your fabric choices! Just picked up your book too, btw.

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  13. I am definitely interested in seeing your method!

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  14. you are tempting me to shamelessly copy you!!

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  15. I would love to see your method. I have seen template plastic and starch but not freezer paper. I would like to see your tips and tricks for making that method work for you. Applique is my favorite... although I do more piecing because of time constraints.

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  16. Just to let you know, I am not the least bit interested in this post....
    BECAUSE YOUR BOOK ARRIVED 10 MINUTES AGO! This is the first quilting book I have bought in over 10 years and I am so excited by it - and that's only from the preview on your blog. Now, excuse me, I have a book to choose my next project from..... Thank you (and I promise to pay proper attention to this post later.... :-) )

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  17. Me too - for seeing how you have used freezer paper and starch. You inspire me to try new things. Thank you.

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  18. Ooh haven't heard of that method! It is looking great and what a way to get as many great fabrics in one quilt! Love it!

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