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OPQA: Final Check-In

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

Ok, guys, it’s the final check-in! (Sorry I’m a day late – I went away for a week and then forgot all about posting, d’oh!) I know some of you are finished with all of your blocks, some are still stitching away – me? I’ve done a lot in the past two weeks, but yikes, there’s still a lot to do!

Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Final Check-in!

I decided to get crazy and add an extra 50 blocks (yes, an extra FIFTY blocks) to make my quilt 70″ x 70″. Why? Well, it seemed like a good idea to go the extra miles (or FIFTY miles) and end up with a quilt big enough for my bed. So that takes my total to 196 blocks needed. Hmm. Seemed like a good idea when I started?!

Above, you’ll see:

– 84 finished blocks
– 11 pinned, ready-to-stitch blocks
– 51 basted peels

Wowzers, that means I have 112 still to stitch. I repeat: YIKES!

Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Final Check-in!

There must’ve been a miscount somewhere; I thought I was further. But – I have now cut all of my background squares (including the extra 50 I’ve added) and prepped all the remaining peels (including ironing on freezer paper) – shown above. Although there’s still a lot of blocks to get through, there’s something satisfying about having at least reached a point where what I see, I sew. It was making my head a little chaotic being at so many points in the process at once – cutting, basting, ironing, sewing. Even though there’s still 112 to do, I don’t even have to think about it anymore, I can just stitch stitch stitch.

Tomorrow I’ll show you how to prep your blocks for assembly. In the meantime, tell us how you’re doing!

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Orange Peel Quilt-Along: Cutting Background Fabric

Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

Ok, I’ve officially decided to swap my fabrics around, so I’m cutting my background pinks. If you’ve picked your fabrics – or some of them, at least* – let’s get cutting!

Orange Peel Quilt-Along

Basically, this is the simplest part of the whole project:

From each of your fat quarters, cut NINE 6″ squares.

That’s it!

So:

– If you are making the wall quilt, you will need to cut a total of 36 squares.

– If you are making a lap quilt, you will need to cut a total of 144 squares.

(And if you’re working on a custom size, you know your number.)

A quick note about square size: if you’re a real smartypants, you might notice that we are finishing with 5″ squares in our quilt, so why a half-inch seam allowance in the cutting process? That’s just to make things extra fool-proof. When you appliqué your peels, you’ll need to position them just so on the background squares. If you’re off just a little bit – and how could you not be, really, it’s hand-stitching – and you have no extra room to account for it later, it could get messy. We will trim away the extra 1/4″ later, based on exact placement of the peels, which takes away the need for exact perfection now.

Also, working by hand will no doubt cause a little fraying and whatnot, so if we’re able to trim them clean later, we don’t have to worry about that as we stitch either.

And that’s that. Get cutting!

(*Don’t forget: you can totally get started cutting and stitching even if you don’t have all of your fabrics picked out. You’ll work just one square at a time, so you always add more squares to the pile as you go.)

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