Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Check-in #2!

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

Time for another check-in, quilt-alongers – how are your peels coming along?

OPQA - Check-in 2 (October 17)

I have to admit, I’ve slowed down since the last check-in – the peels have generally been my evening, quiet stitching project, but I’ve been so tired for the last week or two, I haven’t been doing too much. I think I want to set aside a full day sometime next week and just curl up with some movies (my go-to comfort activity at the moment) and just stitch away. Yum, that sounds lovely.

Anyway, I haven’t stopped completely – right now I’m at 31 blocks finished (above right), 16 blocks ready for stitching (above left), and a handful of peels basted and prepped for basting. Hmm, actually – if I compare with the last check-in, that’s not really that bad, but it’s still moving along pretty slowly considering I can usually do a handful each night.

But whatever, this is a no-stress quiltalong and I refuse to worry about it. This stitching is meant to be fun and relaxing, not a race, right?! I do love watching each peel/background combo come together and the stitching is so cozy. Do you guys think so? Let me know how you’re finding the process!

I have a few tips to share for this check-in:

– The other night, my lovely friend Karen from Henry’s Shed mentioned that she appliqu├ęs her peels with a ladder stitch, not a Julie’s-no-name-stitch like I do (ok, it probably has a name, I just have no idea what it is). I wanted to mention this to the whole group, just in case you find my way too fiddly or something, you might want to give Karen’s ladder stitch tip a try. Thanks, Karen!

– A few of you mentioned having trouble with the freezer paper not sticking fully at first – don’t be afraid to really give it time to stick. If you find your paper coming loose or not quite stuck all the way, just give it a little more pressing. It should be nice and firmly stuck on there – and if in doubt, you can always test a scrap of paper on a scrap of fabric to get a feel for how long it takes to really stick.

– And one last thing, I just this moment realized that I’d accidentally not categorized a few of the Quilt-Along posts properly, so they weren’t all showing up on the Orange Peel Quilt-Along page (the link in my left sidebar menu over there). If you were looking for something to do with the quiltalong and couldn’t find it, so sorry! It’s all there now, and I want to try and get a proper listing of all related posts up on the right sidebar soon, so that’ll help.

Ok, keep on stitching, folks, and show / tell us how it’s going! Even if you haven’t even started, tell us all about it! :)

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9 Comments on Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Check-in #2!

  1. Rebecca
    October 18, 2014 at 03:30 (4 years ago)

    Those fabric combinations are amazing! I love the pinks and blues and you did a great job pairing them together! This quilt is going to be fantastic!

  2. wendy
    October 19, 2014 at 13:47 (4 years ago)

    you’re doing really well! I’ve stalled on 12 finished squares. I keep forgetting to prepare some more so when i sit down with time to stitch, I have nothing to stitch!

  3. Amanda M
    October 20, 2014 at 00:26 (4 years ago)

    Oh I just love how these are looking! This color combo is really fantastic… I’m moving incredibly slow on mine. I finally picked colors and excitedly got going on prepping and basting peels, and hit a bit of a wall. I’m writing up a little progress post and will link up soon!

  4. anne
    October 20, 2014 at 03:46 (4 years ago)

    I haven’t done a single square, but I have half my peels done!

  5. Cristina
    October 20, 2014 at 03:48 (4 years ago)

    I love your fabric combinations! Now I want to make one:)!

  6. Rebecca Bell
    October 22, 2014 at 16:29 (4 years ago)

    Your fabric choices are just gorgeous! Can’t wait to see them all come together. I’ve finished my 36 peels and jumped ahead a bit and stitched two rows together.

  7. Robin Cassady-cain
    October 22, 2014 at 22:49 (4 years ago)

    Still stitching, but I think I now have less than 100 left….. I still love those blues!

  8. Andree
    October 23, 2014 at 22:19 (4 years ago)


  9. Andree
    October 23, 2014 at 22:22 (4 years ago)

    Hi Julie,
    On my trip, I got 22 completed blocks and 14 peels basted. Since I’m back, I’ve gotten another 7 blocks completed. I’ve ordered more fabric so that I will be able to make a larger quilt. This is too much fun :-)


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