Kristina and I have bonded over many things, including Friends and a thousand other shows, Sporcle, bad/yummy food, bands, the beach, purple, and even sewing. She sewed garments in high school, and I taught her how to quilt (she's now made several quilts and pillows!). She taught me to crochet in return, something I need to practice more! I made one of my first quilts for her (it's falling apart but she still has it out when I come over). We meet up at least once a month, and I wanted to make her something for her birthday this year - namely to brighten up her new office.
First, I sewed together a bunch of purple scraps improvisationally, with a focus on keeping certain ones visible (such as the butterfly and fish). Some of these are very precious scraps but I can't think of using them for anyone else! Then, I appliqued my favorite orange peels in a traditional layout, right in the middle. Believe it or not, while I have made many orange peel quilts, I haven't made any that look as uniform as this!
"Ripple" was named after the quilting. I set out to emphasize the shape of my beloved applique; I used my free motion foot to quilt around and around. Whenever I quilt in this manner, I enjoy creating contrast between the line spacing. Here, I decided to change thread colors and use all the lovely purple Aurifil threads in my possession. You can see in the below picture that I quilted from lightest to darkest: white (2024), light purple (2520), orchid (2540 - my second favorite purple shade), dark purple (4225, the most versatile/most used purple around here), and dark blue-purple (the most luminous and my favorite purple). My love for purple threads is eternal.
I always love how the middle of orange peel motifs creates a diamond-y, cathedral window-like design. I hardly ever quilt my orange peels for some reason, but I did enjoy quilting them this time - from one edge to the other. The quilt just needed it. I purposefully quilted densely towards the middle of each of the two orange peel motifs and then spaced out the lines a little more on the way out. It gives off a cool effect from afar! Free motion quilting is an easy and fast way to create almost-straight lines! It definitely helps if you like the "organic" look, haha. Perfection is not for me.
Note - if you made orange peels with interfacing, as I do, using white may make your cuts from the back visible. I decided to leave them like that because it give them some depth, and they are somewhat similar cuts.
I took pictures of this quilt super quickly before Kristina arrived for a birthday celebration weekend. I needed a picture of the densely-quilted back but I didn't realize the grass was a little wet until I flipped the quilt over (which is why you can see a couple of wet spots). They dried quickly, though!
And guess what? She sent me this picture. Mission accomplished! This just further confirms that I'd rather give a handmade gift any day than wander around the store. :)