Thursday, August 27, 2020

Orange Peel Rainbow

My Orange Peel quilt was started in December of 2018 when I made a couple of sample blocks as a test project for 2019. At that time I had a 20-30 minute train ride to and from work each day, and I liked having a hand-stitching project to help pass that time on the train.

My blocks are quite small, only 3" finished, and I made them in each color of the month as assigned by the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I didn't have a definite layout or number planned at the beginning, just kept making about a dozen blocks each month.  In October of 2019, I tried out a few layout options and decided on my plan. That meant continuing to make blocks well into 2020, but I'm done now!

The last Orange Peel blocks were stitched earlier this month, and I finished joining them all together a couple days ago. I used 192 blocks in this quilt top (16 rows of 12 blocks) and have about 15 extras that didn't make it into the quilt top.

Orange Peel Rainbow, 36.5" x 48.5"

As you can see in this closer photo, my peels don't quite reach to the corners of the blocks. That was intentional--after making a couple of sample blocks, I discovered how difficult it was to get the peel points precisely lined up at the corners, and I knew it would be very hard to match them up when stitching blocks together. Setting them back a bit helped a great deal in that regard.


I considered adding a narrow border of the background fabrics around the outside, but the quilt is currently the perfect size for a spot where I would like to display it. Therefore, I am declaring this quilt top done! I'm eager to get it layered and quilted, but it will have to wait until a current project is finished. 

All of this also means a success with my One Monthly Goal for August. My goal was to finish making the rest of my Orange Peel blocks. I not only did that, but got them all joined together too--bonus!


Linking up with:
One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts


Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA

36 comments:

  1. Love it and the color layout!

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  2. You've reminded me I have an orange peel UFO. Yours is lovely! I'll have to switch out my machine and get on the applique!

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  3. this is a beautiful quilt Julie, love how you set the rainbow of colors...
    Hugs, Julierose

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  4. Congrats on earning bonus points for this month's OMG, Julie!!! Best of luck on the quilting. It's going to make a gorgeous wall hanging!

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  5. Beautiful and congrats on reaching your goal!

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  6. Julie! What a beautiful quilt! I prefer the way you offset the peels as it is difficult to get them all perfect. Love the colors with the dark background! Congratulations! Hugs

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  7. Oh I just love this one! the way you set all the blocks is so appealing!! and all by hand? you are nuts haha!! I love it!!

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  8. This one is a stunner! Simply perfect in every way!

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  9. Julie, the Orange Peels are SO appealing! Congratulations on a fine finish.

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  10. Gorgeous! I didn't remember that the blocks were that small.

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  11. Wow! I have been watching this one from the start and it always makes me smile when I see it.It came out amazing.

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  12. I love how this came out. I started an orange peel block as part of RSC maybe 3 years ago and never got past the second month color. I tried two methods of making the blocks and finally concluded that I just don't enjoy applique and I had the same thought about how I would never get the points to meet correctly. I like the look of the orange peels but not the effort it takes to create them. Your layout is perfect.
    Pat

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  13. That is so pretty! I really love the layout!

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  14. Wow, that is a stunning quilt! Brilliant setting!

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  15. Your Orange Peel top is stunning. Love the design and the peels show up so well against the black backgrounds.

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  16. This is so gorgeous. I love, love, love the gradient layout! And the black backgrounds for the colored peels is to die for. I definitely need to make one of these when I'm done with my current hand-stitching EPP quilt. #nextonmylist

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  17. Such a gorgeous top, and I remember you working on the blocks earlier. The colours loom so nice on the dark background.

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  18. Bravo! Bravo! It's stunning. Love how you did the color-play!

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  19. Congratulations, Julie! I love this one; can't wait to see it quilted!

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  20. Lovely flimsy.. can't wait to see how you quilt it too :) Kathi

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  21. Orange peel is on my to-do list once my hexies are done!! Love how you laid out you quilt. And that was great information about setting the orange peels back from the corner, will have to keep that in mind when I do mine!

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  22. Your Orange Peel Rainbow is gorgeous! Congratulations on your finish!

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  23. Oh dear... my half finished comment disappeared... trying again
    Just wanted to say I love how you did the colour play on this masterpiece!
    Great job!

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous colours. I really love that the black background fabrics are all varied too. What a wonderful quilt

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  25. Awesome! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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  26. This is amazing! It was a brilliant idea to not have the peels touch. I think I like the look of the space better. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

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  27. I love this quilt! It really sparkles.

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  28. Whoa! Beautiful!!! I like the idea that the points don't quilt go to the corner, although they give the illusion that they do.

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  29. A beautiful and colorful quilt top. Congrats on getting all those blocks sewn together.

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  30. Rainbow goodness... awesome! Enjoy your flimsy and have fun with the next step(s). xo

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  31. Awesome! Your finished top is just stunning!

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