Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Orange peel quilt-along

Hey! I'm super excited about joining in with Julie's orange peel quilt-along!
Orange Peel Quilt-Along!

Today is fabric pulling day. I knew that I wanted a scrappy orange peel quilt, with low-volume backgrounds and bright peels. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't have much low-volume fabric in my stash, but having chatted to Julie about it I realised that low-volume didn't have to be super low-volume, just enough to contrast with the peels. Never did I consider that the fabric for the peels would give me problems, oh no, that would be the easy part right? 
Urgh. Let me tell you, the trip into my sewing cupboard this afternoon was NOT a happy one. The low-volume part, not so hard. I had more than I thought. Maybe not enough for the whole quilt, but I'm taking a 'go-with-the-flow' approach to this project. I definitely have plenty to get started with. 
And then the peels. I pulled out all the fabrics that would contrast, that weren't in my 'this-is-too-nice-to-actually-use' pile. It looked like poo. I walked away. I gave myself a talking to. I came back and looked at my 'this-is-too-nice-to-actually-use' pile. I gave myself another talking to. I put a lot of those fabrics into my peels pile (deep breaths, Karen, deep breaths) and pulled out all the poo ones. Better. Not perfect, but I'm going for scrappy so I'm hoping that not perfect is ok. 
So here they are.
Hmm, not the best light for photos this afternoon. What do you think? Scrappy and bright? 



  1. I actually like the mix of bright and pastel. I think it should work well. Looking forward to see how you progress.

  2. looks good! So far - I have the plastic container that I'm going to store everything for this project in ;) ready - now to think about size and the best part - fabric!! - love looking at everyone's ideas and choices!

  3. I definitely like the contrasts you've got going here. It's going to be great! :)

  4. So many lovely brights in there. I wish I could work with colour like this and escape the grey!


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