Orange Peel Quilt-Along Schedule

Orange Peel Mini In Progress

Guys! I’m so ridiculously pleased that we have a little Orange Peel-Along group! That’s so damn awesome!

I think there’s about ten of us in total, so far, and nearly every one of us (myself included) said that a Quilt-Along with a fast pace or strict deadlines would not work for them. I feel ya, guys, that’s why I don’t join in with more project-alongs! I always want to, but I know I won’t be able to keep up with so many other things I’m working on.

But you know how I love slow crafts. I try to always have one project in the works that doesn’t need to get anywhere in a hurry. Which orange peels are absolutely perfect for.

The natural way to go is for us to start talking about fabric choices and requirements right away, so we can all think about materials, then follow with tutorials for each step. There will be a few of those, then we’ll just be stitching away on our peels for a goodly while – but I’ll continue to post progress and ask you all to share yours at regular intervals!

I hope you don’t think my schedule looks rushed. I tried to strike a balance between a relaxed approach and steady progress. And I based my scheduling on each task rather than a strict once-a-whatever format. I felt some should be closer together for continuity (where they’re essentially two halves of one tutorial) and some steps need more time to complete. Also, these are not steps that have to be completed in their entirety before moving on like with other sewing projects – you’ll probably prep some, stitch some, prep more, etc.

So here’s our Orange Peel Quilt-Along schedule:

August 20: Materials List and Fabric Choices
September 3: Cutting Background Fabric
September 16: How to Make Orange Peels
September 19: How to Applique Peels
September 26 – November 5: Progress Posts + Link-Ups
(about every 10 days-ish)
November 22: Final Progress Post + Link-Up
November 24: Layout + Prepping Blocks
November 28: Assembling The Top

I’m going to leave it there for now, because I think we’ll have to decide along the way how to progress after that. I’m conscious that we’ll be creeping close the holidays from there on, and we might just want to just take a break until after the New Year. Or perhaps we’ll want these finished quilts to be gifts, in which case we’ll want to get on with it! So let’s decide how we want to continue from that point closer to the time, does that sound ok to you guys?

One thing I want to stress about our schedule: there is no keeping up. I don’t want anyone to feel like they are ‘behind’ if real-life-stuff means you can’t stitch your allotted number of peels on time, or like you can’t join if you’re not ready to start this exact second. We’re not going to be that kind of Quilt-Along, right?! Whether you’re ‘on track’ or not, I really hope you’ll check in and share your progress (or lack of, that’s fine too, you know we’ll all be able to relate!) – it’s not a race!

I’ll put a link-up widget at the bottom of each post so that you can add a link to your blog / Flickr photo / whatever to show your progress. (I considered a social media tag for those of us on Twitter or IG, but I don’t want anyone who doesn’t use those apps to be left out.)

I’ve also made this button for you to stick on your blogs, if you like! (Just right-click, save as, and then add to your blog sidebar or in your related posts like any image. If you add it to your blog sidebar, you can link it to, or this post with the schedule, or use this one to link up to all related posts.)

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

One last thing, I wonder if everyone planning on joining would leave a comment below to say hi to the group, and leave a link to your blog / flickr / whatever-you-like in the comments? It’d be nice to ‘meet’ each other, dontcha think?

I so excited for us to get started! Meet back here on the 20th and we’ll start talking fabrics!

17 Comments on Orange Peel Quilt-Along Schedule

  1. Karen
    August 16, 2014 at 10:27 (4 years ago)

    Yay!! I’m so excited I can’t sit still!! Might have an explore in the cupboard for fabric possibilities in a minute! Is it really sad if I put the schedule dates in my diary?!?!
    Ok, so, I’m TOTALLY in for this quilt-along. My name is Karen, you can find me at and I am henrys_shed on Instagram. Hope to ‘meet’ the rest of the group soon!!
    Oh, and Julie – you are super-star for doing this, it’s going to be amazing! xxxxx

  2. Jenny
    August 16, 2014 at 11:50 (4 years ago)

    I was pleased to see that you’ve jumped in and posted a bit of a plan – and the pace does seem good!

    I’m Jenny from Australia, and I don’t have a blog, but you can find me on flickr at : I love to create things – I like to quilt, sew and crochet when I can, and spend the rest of my time looking after my 5 rowdy little boys and their Daddy! Very excited to see where this peel-along will lead us all!!!! I love the diversity that can come from a common pattern/idea/fabric and produce such beautifully different creations! Thanks Julie :)

  3. Robin Wilkinson
    August 16, 2014 at 16:36 (4 years ago)

    Between taking care of my husband, my 97 year-old mother and serving as “staff” for 2 cats, I squeeze in little bits of time for sewing quilts. Slow sewing while watching/listening to the TV is my favorite time of the day. No time left to blog, but you can find me on Flickr at or living in the middle of what is called the “Deep South” in the USA.

  4. Penny
    August 17, 2014 at 17:06 (4 years ago)

    Hi Everyone! Really excited about this sew-along and looking forward to lots of stalking! I’m glad there is a plan but also glad that keeping up isn’t a requirement…..!
    I’m also taking part in the crazy quilt sewalong and am off now to go and finish my bit for the morning and the next instalment.
    I’m not on IG and rarely use my flickr account but I blog (when not too lazy!) at Can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to and how they tackle this project.

  5. Rachel
    August 17, 2014 at 17:26 (4 years ago)

    I want to play along! Something slow and hand-stitched will be great. And watching others’ progress might be just what I need to keep plugging ahead on my own. Sounds therapeutic and lovely. :)

  6. Melizza
    August 18, 2014 at 04:17 (4 years ago)

    It looks pretty doable! I might trip up here and there but I am hoping to be able to keep up. The most important thing to me is to finish, even if I’m sewing into the holidays :)

  7. Melizza
    August 18, 2014 at 04:19 (4 years ago)

    Oh! I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Melizza and I blog over at Pincushion Treats (click on my icon and it should take you there). You can find me on Instagram as Pincushion Treats, as well.

  8. Fernanda Godke
    August 18, 2014 at 18:07 (4 years ago)

    Hi everyone. My name is Fernanda, from Brazil. I work all day long at a public departmente, but what I really love is sewing and crafting in general. I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m seriously thinking about it…
    I’m really excited with this sew-along, especially because it’s a hand sewing project and because it will let know a lot of new nice people like you.

  9. Julie S
    August 18, 2014 at 21:15 (4 years ago)

    If you don’t mind a late joiner, I’m going to try joining in too. This looks like a lot of fun. I’m working on my non knitting skills this year and hand stitching an applique quilt sounds like a great idea.

  10. jeanne e.
    August 19, 2014 at 01:23 (4 years ago)

    i think i might just jump in on this one! (am also intrigued by the crazy quilting stitch along…) i love the orange peel pattern. thanks for getting this going/organized. i may only make a pillow, but it will be fun! (am i also in the midst of an english paper piecing project that is getting bigger by the day. hehehe…)

  11. Amanda M
    August 19, 2014 at 03:53 (4 years ago)

    Hi all! My name is Amanda. I’m a Los Angeles-based Art Director by day, rediscovering my love of sewing with any free time I have! Super excited to join in on this QAL, looking forward to trying something new! You can find me at and on instagram @muchoxoxo :)

  12. Rebecca Bell
    August 19, 2014 at 12:08 (4 years ago)

    Hello! I’ve been on holiday for the last few days so only just seen this. Better late then never. I’m Rebecca and I live in the North of England. I don’t have a blog but you can find me on instagram as greenandbell on here on flickr I’m really looking forward to taking part in this sewalong, especially because I want to do more hand sewing and have a go at hand quilting. Plus make some new sewing friends along the way hopefully. Thanks for organising this Julie :)

  13. Anne
    August 19, 2014 at 15:17 (4 years ago)

    Hey, I’m Anne. I haven’t done much quilting this year and I love the mini quilt Julie made, so I figured I’d join in, too, even though I’m a tiny bit worried about finding the time. I’m a librarian/business analyst (I dwell in an office, not a library) by day and a do-er of all kinds of things by night. You can find me all over the place, but the three main places are:


    I can’t wait to start. I think that I’ll probably start hunting in my giant collection for fabric ideas this week.

    I can’t wait to see what everyone else decides to do.

  14. Robin Cassady-cain
    August 19, 2014 at 16:52 (4 years ago)

    I’ve caught the quilting bug! I livd in Edinburgh, and this is my first quilt-a- long, so I’m excited. I want to give it to my mom for Christmas, so I’m hoping to (loosely) keep to the schedule. I’m gingerscribble on Instagram.

  15. Ana
    August 19, 2014 at 17:38 (4 years ago)

    Hi my name is Ana and I’m from Portugal!
    I’ll be following you in this Orange Peel Quilt-Along in order to make a cushion for my sweing room! Can’t wait to start!
    Thank you for the oportunity :)
    Oh, you can all visit me at my blog too

  16. Andrée
    August 19, 2014 at 20:21 (4 years ago)

    I’m Andrée from Ottawa, Canada. I think that it would be really nice to quilt something by hand this fall. It’s a project that I would take with me while I travel. I was introduced to the Orange Peel pattern while learning to free-motion quilt this spring. I love the look and am now seeing that pattern everywhere…rugs, furniture, walls etc. Thanks for organising this Julie. Sounds like fun.
    My blog is at


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