Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP: Orange peel Snowflake

So, my friend Jessica, over at Quilty Habit, has been hosting a Orange Peel Quilt Along this summer.  I was so busy with the Giant Pink Star quilt that I wasn't really sewing along, other than with good intentions and lots of brainstorming.  Well, this week and next week the final link up is open, and I'm finally making progress on mine!

Working on the layout.  That center part is a Flower of Life pattern, which has shown up in my quilting before.

I was originally going to use a mini charm pack I had, which dictated how small these are.  But when it came to actually using the cute little squares, I just couldn't bear to waste so much fabric...so I decided to use the backing scraps from the Giant Pink Star Quilt--it'Carolyn Friedlander's Crosshatch in grey.

The background fabric is Moda Bella in Charcoal--it's a little darker than Kona Charcoal, which I'll show in some future post.

These orange peels are actually Joseph's Coat (or Jacob's coat) pieces, but since I got my inspiration photo from Jess, I figured it was okay.  Plus it's the same method for making them, they're just narrower.  I used the interfacing method on these--pressing each section down with an iron so it wouldn't shift around.

Snowflake layout.

It was a bit tricky getting the intersections to look nice.

Once I had them all lightly fused on, I basted the quilt, using some Quilter's Dream batting I got from Massdrop.  I quilted the petals on using my free motion foot, and then quilted the areas between them:

Despite the interfacing there was some shifting when sewing them down.

I am loving the lattice-like look and texture from this quilting!

Quilting detail around the Joseph's coat/orange peels.

The backing is Kona Purple.  Here's a peek at the border quilting from the back:

Pebbles and snowflake quilting!

I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow and share it by Friday!

20 comments:

  1. WOW, Renee. Just wow. I seriously can't wait to see this! Every picture it just gets better and better.

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  2. Your quilt is so pretty!!! Love the Carolyn Friedlander fabric with the charcoal background.

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  3. Lovely! The interplay between the quilting and petals creates a lot of really great lines. Like you said, I am loving the lattice look and texture. I think you picked the right background fabric. :)

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  4. Just loving this!! I cant wait to see the whole project! Another triumph :))

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  5. It looks amazing Renee, a wonderful variation with great quilting too.

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  6. This is so creative and so 'you.' Can't wait to see it finished.

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  7. That is such a lovely and simple grey crosshatch fabric.
    Because I am a sucker for punishment, I know I would do this the hard way: hand applique, etc. etc.

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  8. I really like the way you have quilted it, it brings out the pattern beautifully. x

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  9. Looks great! I really like your totally different take on orange peels. Well done!

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  10. LOVE it (no surprise there ;-) especially the quilting between the shapes!
    question - the interfacing method - do you not need to press your orange peels (or joseph's coats or whatever) after turning, before adhering them to your backing fabric?
    ~ Tracy

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  11. I aspire to quilt like this -- using a design that adds to the overall quilt. I'm stuck in the land of straight-line quilting, but I'll relocate to FMQ soon, I hope!

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  12. Wow! It looks fantastic Renee! What a nice twist on the "Orange Peel", It's just amazing!!!

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  13. This is just stunning Renee! And coming from someone who has 6 snowflake tattoos, i have to say it's the prettiest snowflake ever! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  14. That is beautiful! You do such nice stitching! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  15. How cool is that! I'm not familiar with the interfacing method. Can you point me to an earlier post that explains this? I love the juxtaposition of a very traditional, old-school quilt pattern with your black and taupey neutral fabrics. It has such a bold, graphic appeal, and the quilting you're doing complements that beautifully.

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  16. So beautiful, as always! I love the narrower look of the Joseph's coat pieces (though I love the more traditional orange peels too) and the quilting looks great. And how fun to have that purple on the back!

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