Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Check-in #3 (everyone’s input required!)

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

OPQA: Check-In 3

Ok, everyone, it’s time for us all to speak up and share how it’s going! And this time it’s really important that you all give your input, because we’re at a bit of an important point here and we need to decide how to progress.

In my original schedule, this week marks the end of hand-stitching peels and the start of tutorials for putting it together. I’m a ways off this point, with only about 50 blocks completely finished (above) and a stack more prepped.

I’ve been watching all of the links added here and posts on Instagram, etc., and I really don’t think I’m the only one who isn’t ready yet. :) Which is totally ok! We promised this would be a casual stitch-along and if we want to hold off on the next steps, ain’t nuthin’ wrong with that. A hand-stitching quilt-along is never going to be a speedy affair!

BUT. I do know at least one of us is ready, and I don’t want to hold anyone up if we change the schedule to allow for more hand-stitching time. And I also know that in the coming weeks, a lot of us will start getting crazy busy with holiday crafting.

So, we have to make a group decision, y’alls, and I really really hope you’ll give your input right away. This coming Friday is scheduled for a post on prepping your peels for the next steps. We have a few options:

1.) I can always post the next tutorials and then they will be ready when you need them. But would we lose the group-activity element, if we’re all in different places in the process?

2.) Or I could delay just a couple of weeks to give us a just a bit more hand-stitching time, but then move forward?

3.) OR, we could say let’s all keep hand-stitching until after the holidays and then continue the process all together as a group – but then the people who are finished will be waiting, and anyone making their peels as a holiday gift will be in trouble.

I reckon the second option would be best, so maybe move the next tutorial to November 21st and then have the remaining tutorials follow closely after? But I absolutely want input from everyone, pretty please! I’ve definitely considered this a group project all along, so I want it to work for everyone, or as much as possible.

Show us your progress below and share your opinions in the comments, please!

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11 Comments on Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Check-in #3 (everyone’s input required!)

  1. Phoebe
    November 3, 2014 at 14:59 (4 years ago)

    Haha… Well, I still haven’t started, so I have very little hope of continuing along with everyone even if you move things to after the holidays. Totally bummed that I’m not really getting to sew along, but ADD + work stress makes me not so productive. :( Maybe if we all lived closer together and had an in-person sewing group…..
    Can’t wait to see everyone else’s!

  2. Rebecca Bell
    November 3, 2014 at 15:51 (4 years ago)

    I’m up for option 2. I finished my peels a while back but have got caught up with the bloody IGminiswap, which is all time consuming! If you move the next step to the 21st that will hopefully give me time to finish the swap mini before I get on with the orange peel one. Either way, I need to get my sewing finished early in December so I can have my dining room table back in time for Christmas!

  3. wendy
    November 3, 2014 at 17:21 (4 years ago)

    I’m stalled on peels 19-24 out of 36 so i could do with a couple more weeks. I vote for option 2

  4. Karen
    November 3, 2014 at 18:23 (4 years ago)

    I’m also happy with option 2, I have 44 peels finished and another 25 prepped for stitching. Can I stitch 25 peels and prep and stitch another 75 in 2 weeks??!! xx

  5. Julie S
    November 3, 2014 at 20:04 (4 years ago)

    I’m plodding along but would not at all mind more time. So I vote for option 2.

  6. Jenny
    November 4, 2014 at 03:47 (4 years ago)

    I have 50-something peels finished and some prepped, but am a long way from being finished…… and have a birthday queen-size quilt to finish by November 27 plus lots of end-of-year- and Christmas gifts to get sewing on, so I would probably prefer option 3. But I understand that some need to get their peel quilt done quicker, so am happy to go with option 2 – I’ll just get to the next steps when I catch up :) Love how it is all going!!

  7. Andree Faubert
    November 4, 2014 at 13:52 (4 years ago)

    I finished my original peels (36) but got more fabric and am making a whole wack more – so option 2 is fine with me….but anything the group chooses is fine. Thanks!

  8. Linda T
    November 4, 2014 at 19:08 (4 years ago)

    Option 2 seems the way to go…bit of extra time to catch up but not long to wait for anyone who has finished…I wish!

  9. Robin Cassady-cain
    November 5, 2014 at 13:29 (4 years ago)

    So, happy to fall in with option 2, since that seems most popular. I have about 8 peels left to appliqué, but I will fill the rest of the time with organising my rows, as it may take some t ime!!

  10. Amanda M
    November 5, 2014 at 22:52 (4 years ago)

    Finally making some actual progress after a very slow start. I have 26 peels done, and 10 more ready to sew. Haven’t decided if I’ll stop at 36 or make it bigger. Happy to go along with whatever the group decides :)

  11. Rachel
    November 8, 2014 at 00:46 (4 years ago)

    Sorry I didn’t chime in earlier, but #2 sounds good to me as well. I’ve got 36 peels ready to applique, but only two blocks of the 36 with the peels actually sewn down. :)


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