Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bella Basics - Orange Peels

Month 2 is here for Fat Quarter Shop's Bella Basics skill-builder QAL.

I had a blast doing needle-turned applique for my orange peel blocks.  A bit of slow stitching is a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

I often applique with fusible and stitch down with my FMQ foot.  For this project, I wanted the portability and the opportunity to sit outside in some amazing wonderful weather we've had in NC.

I used the Orange Peel templates from Fat Quarter Shop for all of my orange peels.  I like how the templates give you four sizes of orange peels to choose from.

I tried the 3'' template two different ways.  For the green ones, I traced on fabric and then cut on the traced line. For the rose ones, I traced (with Frixon pen) but cut roughly 1/8'' beyond my traced line.  Since I am appliqueing by hand, I am turning under the edge roughly 1/8''.

I am happy with both results but prefer the method I used for the rose fabric.  (For the larger blue peels, I followed the same process as the rose ones.)

The larger orange peels were Bella Summer Sky (136) and the smaller ones were Caribbean (86) and rose (89).

The pattern information and video tutorial for this month's block can be found on today's Jolly Jabber blog post.

All the information about the skill builder QAL including fabric requirements and overall schedule can be found here. .

Still loving my kaleidoscope block from February.  (I blogged about it here.)

Lots of wonderful quilters are quilting along - check out all these wonderful versions -

Paula from The Sassy Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
me --> Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. The blocks turned out awesome. I machine appliqued mine, though you are right, perfect portable project for handwork.

  2. Looking great, have you tried Aurifil's 80 wt for the hand applique yet? I am a fan :)

  3. Hello from the QAL - love your color choices! - Marni

  4. Love the colours you are using. It will be an amazing quilt when it is finished.


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