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Aug 8, 2013

Out of Control Orange Peels: The Beginning

Aug 8, 2013
Pin It Remember my happy mail day?  I've been contemplating it's fate....

....and what I really want is an orange peel quilt.

I blame it on this quilt from Denyse Schmidt's Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration.  Only I don't have the patience for all those triangles and bias piping strips.
I decided this quilt will be the second quilt I make for my bed.  An oversized queen.  Well, almost king.  And since it's for me, I pulled out every single DS fabric I've been hoarding and put together a stack, mainly of Florence, but also of my other favorite coordinating DS prints.
I started sketching and thinking.  It's totally unlike me to do a lot of research... I usually jump right in and start cutting.  But this time I wanted to study the different ways to achieve the orange peel.  I'm usually a shortcut taker.  Don't mind cheating a bit to get the look, per say.  But in all my reading, I realized what I wanted for this quilt, was to have a quilt that was entirely pieced.  No applique.  No shortcuts.  
The design became an orange peel quilt with 49 orange peel blocks in 3 different sizes.  Each block has 4 "leaves".  Each leave has 2 curves.  All the pieces are cut with templates.
I feel like I have just sentenced myself to an eternity of orange peels.  Out of Control Orange Peels.  Perhaps this quilt will be one of my legacies?  Maybe I'll finally figure out how to sew a curve?  I surely hope I love it in the end, because I have a feeling there will be many a curse word in between here and the finish.
So cheer me on, friends.  I'm going to need it!  Block 1 of 49 isn't quite as flat in the middle as I'd like it to be.  Any advice for me?



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15 comments:

  1. I'd iron the two main seams open for starters! That will help. The design is gorgeous so keep at it!

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  2. AnneMarie, have you tried using the Curvemaster foot on your sewing machine? I discovered it when I joined in on the Retro Flowers quilt-along, and was amazed at how easy it was to sew beautifully curved seams. By my second "leaf", they were coming together so smoothly--it was really amazing to me. The foot comes with lots of little doohickeys to adapt it to most any machine. It was very helpful to me to watch the videos that are available on the website to get the hang of how to sew with it. I am absolutely a believer when it comes to the Curvemaster foot.

    I love your pattern! It may well become one of your legacy creations.

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  3. Press your seams towards the melon shape to get them out of the way in the center intersection. It should help to flatten it.

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  4. No advice, but it's going to look awesome when you're (eventually) finished!

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  5. I'd echo Amy's advice on the pressing, but that's about as helpful as I think I can be. I love your progress so far though!!! :)

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  6. Hi!
    You could try doing each curve as a leader-ender piece, and work on another project at the same time! Once all your peels are done, then the project becomes making your blocks and then the quilt!
    It will be great, I love DS fabrics too!
    Take care, Leslie

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  7. I want to echo the curve master foot........it's marvelous! Best thing is you can totally borrow mine if you want to give it a try!

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  8. Try to press the seams to the melons so that when you sew the blocks together there's no bulk to begin with. Then press the seams of the blocks open. Finger press it first though to get it started. Your quilt will turn out great! Just keep at it.

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  9. Do you know Rachel from Stitched in Color? She picked the same quilt this week for her daughter. Can't wait to see how they both turned out. Definitely check out the Curvemaster foot it will help. Also the tightness of the weave on the fabrics will make a difference. Are you cutting your melons on the bias or on the straigt of grain? I would make a few practice blocks until I was satisfied with the results.

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  10. Oh my, you are brave, I wouldn't have the energy for this but it is going to look AMAZING when it's done!!! Fab layout and gorgeous fabrics, can't wait to see your progress. (No advice, curves are not really my friend)

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  11. It's going to be gorgeous. I am horrible at sewing curves, I wish I could help you out. Just quilt it really densely when you are done! ;)

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  12. Your first block looks great to me :) but I am terrified of curves and haven't tried tackling them yet. Good luck and I can't wait to see how this turns out!

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  13. So much fun! Can't wait to see this one as it goes along... I can barely do triangles so I don't think I'm ready for curves yet. LOL!

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