Sunday, June 22, 2014

Introducing: Orange Peel Quilt-A-Long

Ready to get your summer started with a fun sewing skill? Whether you're making a large quilt, a tablerunner, a pillow, a baby quilt, or the border of your original medallion quilt (or really anything), you're welcome to join in. Orange peels are so much fun, and they are easy. Many of you expressed interest, so let's do this!

Please add the button to your blog if you are going to participate. The more the merrier!

The layout of this QAL is very laid back for the summer. Anyone can join - you don't have to have a blog (you can link a Flickr picture)! It will start June 30 with design ideas and continue into July as I explain/link to several options for your orange-peel-making. We'll even have a guest post by my friend Ashley! 

The final linky party will be open from August 23 - September 8. My guild, the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, will vote for their favorites in each category at our September meeting on the 9th (they will be presented with no names attached to ensure objective voting). Winners will be announced September 10!

There will be three categories of prizes. Orange peels must be a main design element of your creation in order to be eligible for prizes - and this will be taken into account when they are judged. You can submit one entry per category:

1. Finished quilt (any size)
2. "Just the (quilt) top"
3. Minis (pillows, tablerunners, mini quilts [shortest size under 30 inches]).

 I'm working on getting prizes for each category. If you would like to donate a prize, feel free to email me.

Don't forget to share your progress and finishes on Instagram with the hashtag #orangepeelqal!

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This picture is taken from Ashley - you can see the border of orange peels that I made for her traveling quilt!

June 30: Quilt design ideas
July 7: General supplies and tutorial list
July 14: In depth look at the interfacing method
July 21: Applique stitches with Ashley @ Wasn't Quilt in a Day
July 28 - August 4: Mid-way check in linky party
August 11: Other quilting ideas for orange peels
August 23 - September 8: Final Link-up!

I'm going to be making a baby quilt of my own design, with a scrappy low volume background and Anna Maria Horner fabrics for the orange peels. What about you? What are you going to make? 

See you next week for the first post!


  1. I'm not sure yet since I don't know how to make them :-)

  2. I'll probably put a border on one of my medallion quilts. So fun!!

  3. considering i just won Playful Petals: from the SMS spring quilt along i have( or will have when it arrives in Canada lol) a great book of inspiration so i will see what i come up with. i really enjoy doing quilt alongs, its the only time i actually finish the

  4. I enjoy doing quilt along and this borders look fabulous!!

  5. I am interested in quilting along! Can I steal your low volume idea?

  6. I love orange peels, so I am very much looking forward to this!! I have a very fancy orange peel I have been meaning to make and this is the perfect opportunity!

  7. I'm so busy this summer, but am so looking forward to making a little quilt with these!

  8. Does the whole quilt have to be orange peels or just a chunk of it?

  9. Orange peels are on my list of to-do one day so I am hoping to join in!!!!

  10. I'm thinking I will use the solid charm pack I won at Mid Atlantic Mod along with the low volumes I received in our CJMQG swap. (Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time.) I've never tackled orange peels before and looking forward to playing! Thanks Jess!

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  12. I have never done an orange peel, but i love to sew curves and love to try something I am totally IN!


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