Monday, August 11, 2014

Orange Peel QAL: Other Quilting Ideas for Orange Peels

Welcome to the sixth post of the Orange Peel Quilt-A-Long! The final linky party doesn't start until August 23, so you STILL have plenty of time to try orange peels out and whip something up! See here for everything about the QAL, including the three categories (quilt, quilt top, minis), prizes, and Viewer's Choice contest.

Pinterest Inspiration Board - in case you need some inspiration. I will keep adding to it throughout the QAL!
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The only rules are:
  •  Orange peels of any kind must be a main design element of your project. 
    • This will be taken into account during judging. 
  • You may link up one entry per category (via blog or Flickr). Please include dimensions when you post!
    • The three categories are quilt, "just the top," and mini - see the official page for details.
  • Your project(s) must be made in 2014.
  •  Have fun!
Share your photos and thoughts!
  • #orangepeelqal on Instagram - share your design, progress, and finish photos - this feed is so fun to scroll through! People are really getting their orange peel on.
  •  Flickr Group - share your design, progress, and finish photos. Also, chat with other participants!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Ashley wrote up  this fantastic post on machine applique. That is certainly one awesome way that applique can serve as your quilting lines, too! Today, I'll share a few more ideas with you.

Two things to keep in mind:
1. Your quilt design is ultimately going to depend on your quilt. Trust your gut and go for it!

2. If you use fusible interfacing like I did, be aware that you'll have a little resistance if you quilt on top of your orange peels. In Scatter, I only top-stitched around the peels and quilted around them.

Now for some ideas:

1. Ghost orange peels: you could mark them or just go for it! I did this on my Scatter quilt and made tiny dots with a washable pen so that they were fairly accurate. As I was quilting it just came to me to try it and I'm really glad I did:

 I love how "ghosties" create a strong extra element to your quilt. It makes people look a little bit closer. That's one of my favorite things about creative quilting.

 2. Walking foot quilting: Whether you have followed a more traditional orange peel layout like this or you have made a more improvisational quilt, you can use your walking foot to make straight line cross-hatches across the quilt. Or quilt straight lines up and down or across. My friend Mel of Melintheattic has an exciting tutorial on creative walking foot quilting that you should most definitely check out - if not for this project, then for the future! I especially love the idea of woodgrain quilting with orange peels. For some reason I feel like that would really make a statement.

3. Free motion quilting: For Scatter, I chose a bunch of my favorite designs for the low volume background and changed at will. Since I'm more comfortable with FMQ than straight lines, this was my choice.  Or, you could free motion some kind of design on the actual peels, mixed with straight lines elsewhere. Below, I've scribbled on a picture of Scatter to show you what I mean:

Okay, so those are more "organic" than straight line but hopefully you get the idea. ;) I think it would be cool to quilt different designs inside the peels! Also, I tend to quilt densely so maybe you want to leave the background of the peel unquilted for effect. Up to you.

If you've never tried free motion before, DO IT (I love these tips from Oh, Fransson!). You'll love it. My final suggestion for free motion would be to take a picture of your top and doodle over the picture to solidify your ideas! Many of us use Instagram already so why not post pictures of your attempts? (#orangepeelqal). Feel free to search around my Pinterest Inspiration Board for more ideas, too!

This week I'll be sharing a NEW orange peel project I'm working on (already a few pictures are on Instagram - @quiltyhabit), plus some reminders about the QAL! Just a couple of more weeks - we are in the homestretch! And yes, there IS time to make something completely new (especially if you enter the "just the top" category ;) )!


YOU ARE HERE -->August 11: Other quilting ideas for orange peels
August 23 - September 8: Final Link-up!
September 9 -September 16: Voting for Viewer's Choice prize 


  1. I'm hoping/planning to start sewing the interfacing onto the fabric today, and was assuming I'd need a 1/4 seam allowance on the interfacing as well, but it looks like you did an 1/8 or less? I like that idea because mine are going to be so tiny!

  2. sew glad to hear i have more time, lol. i've had 2 unplanned holidays last month so when it though i'd be sewing i was away, i have it all appliqued, just need to sew the blocks together, layer, and quilt it, i'm sure 2 weeks will be enough lolollol. well the top should be done anyhow, i'll post to flikr when it's back on the design wall.

  3. That's a great tip to take a pic of the top and doodle on it! I've seen where people put press and seal on their quilt top and literally draw on the top, but I was always afraid to bring a marker that close to my quilt top!

  4. I was doing some "ghost orange peels" with my longarm this weekend. I'll have pics and a blog post up soon. Must have been subliminal messaging :-)


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