Orange Peel Quilts Made by You!

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

To officially close up our quilt-along, good and proper, I wanted to share your hard work – with each other as well as with those readers who have stuck with my blog through all these quilt-along posts even if they weren’t taking part. My wonderful quilt-alongers did such a beautiful job. Thank you all so much for sharing your photos with me for this post – and for sewing with me. This project happened just when I needed it most and I will adore you all always for sticking with me and keeping me company through this project. And I’m so happy that you’ve all ended up with such beautiful projects!

This WIP is by Andrée, who blogs at Quilting & Learning – What a Combo!, and she’s used Tula Pink’s Fox Field (NOM) for her peels:



Holy yum, I absolutely love those low volume rings peppered in between the busy prints!! I’m a bit of Tula Pink fangirl anyway, so of course Andrée’s peels were going to be just my style!

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Wendy from The Crafter’s Apprentice chose to do a rainbow-arranged wall quilt:



It’s so cheerful, Wendy – and you’re almost finished, you can do it!

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Robin C., aka GingerScribble on IG and the interwebs, has become a lovely friend through this quilt-along, and she absolutely killed this project:


Robin didn’t just make her quilt (for her mother, in colors she doesn’t even like!) significantly larger than even myself, she finished first – and made a pieced back! I wish I had prizes, or ribbons, ’cause you’d definitely win this quilt-along, Robin!

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Barbara, who I don’t believe has a blog herself, joined us in spirit, but went her own way – a woman after my own heart! She’s used a different applique method and really went to town with hand-stitching:


I love the way Barbara took inspiration from this project but did her own thing. So so cool.

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Linda – also blogless as far as I know – made hers similar to my first peel wall quilt, but larger:



And hand-quilted it with thicker thread and yummy big stitches. I like how her stitches are very close to her peels, where mine were spaced out from the peels slightly – it’s amazing how that changes the look so much!

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Jenny (jeng_g_nj02 on IG) is the only one of us to have divided backgrounds and peels by solids / prints, and to absolutely charming effect:


So cheerful! I love how her choices mean that some blocks are dark-on-light and some are light-on-dark.

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Robin W, who happens to have been the winner of my recent giveaway!, did hers a bit like mine, in that the peels and backs are all in two colors, but in many different fabrics:

RobinW-OPQAL 2015

Robin said that she used the back-sides of a bunch of white-on-white and similar fabrics that she didn’t even really like, but lookit how elegant her quilt is!

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Rebecca (greenandbell on IG) is another wonderful friend I’ve been lucky to make through this quilt-along, and she’s endlessly inspiring as a quilter. Her peels are no different, such a beautiful and delicate combination of solids and prints –


– framed in a pair of wide borders. Lovely.

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And last, but of course not least, my very own partner in crime, Karen from Henry’s Shed. You may not know this, but Karen is half responsible for all of this orange peel madness – when I wondered about making a large version of the wall quilt the Mini Bee made together, she laughed at my hesitation and jumped in with both feet. We stitched peels together at the pub and talked peels strategy for hours on end. What a good pal. :)


Karen’s still assembling her top, and then she plans on hand-quilting it, but you can see how lovely it’ll be already!

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I love them all, guys, and I love seeing them all in one place, all of our hard work all together. I believe there are a few more WIPs out there in the wild, so if you joined in but aren’t in the post here, leave a comment with a link to a photo so we can see your work, too! I know I promised to show you my finished quilt last week, but I lied – I had to wait out a couple of days of crummy weather to get a shoot in, and I haven’t been able to prepare a post in time because it will be a little more than just FO photos. I’ll be back in a few days to tell you more, cross my heart.

8 Comments on Orange Peel Quilts Made by You!

  1. Robin Cassady-cain
    May 6, 2015 at 12:08 (3 years ago)

    They all look so awesome! Thanks for your great instructions, Julie, I had so much fun! And I’ve loved seeing all the quilts coming together!

  2. Karen
    May 6, 2015 at 20:18 (3 years ago)

    Hoorah, hooray for all of us! We are all awesome! Orange peels forever!!!! xxx

  3. Rebecca Bell
    May 8, 2015 at 10:03 (3 years ago)

    Don’t they all look great! But I want to see yours!!! That’s not entirely fair leaving it out of the post. I really enjoyed making this quilt and can’t wait to finish it. Huge big thank you to you for hosting this QAL and continuing with it when times were tough. You’re an inspiration Julie and it’s been lovely getting to know you. I’ve actually just been going through your flickr photos admiring all the wonderful stitchery goodness – such beautiful work xxxx

  4. Andrée
    May 8, 2015 at 16:05 (3 years ago)

    These are just wonderful – and so different. Way to go, all of us!!! Thanks Julie for hosting this.
    I’m jealous – I wish I could have been with you and Karen in the pub doing appliqués!

  5. sarah
    May 8, 2015 at 20:09 (3 years ago)

    These are all so pretty! Its been great fun following along and I swear at some point I will make one too lol

  6. Andi
    January 11, 2017 at 03:37 (1 year ago)

    I just ordered a cutting die to make a quilt like this. I am in love with this pattern . How will you quilt the layers when the top is finished? Will there be stitching over the wedges? I’m not sure how to do that.

  7. Helma
    April 27, 2017 at 20:55 (1 year ago)

    So cool ladies!

  8. Patricia Lachaine
    June 1, 2017 at 23:30 (1 year ago)

    What size is the orange Peel and where do you get it from


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