Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Finish: Orange Peel Vines!



I'm so glad I jumped at the chance to join Quilty Habit's Orange Peel Quilt-a-long.  It's something that I've wanted to do for a while, and I'm really happy with the results.  Like, really happy.  I can't wait to figure out where this will hang in my house.  I'm thinking my bedroom, but we'll have to actually paint first.  It'll give me time to add the hang sleeve.


I posted about a million pictures to Instagram while making it.  I knew I wanted a rainbow of peels, but couldn't figure out the layout, whether to add more, whether to machine sew them down or hand stitch... It just went on and on.  Thanks so much to all the great advice I got, I was just so scared of screwing it up since I loved it so much.

The rows won the layout contest.  The rainbow was more obviously rainbow-y when you lined them all up, and it kind of reminded me of my love or Orla Kiely.  Had I picked a different color scheme, I would have had to track down some Orla sheets to use as backing.


I ended up quilting ghost peels in all the blank spots.  For the two center rows, I used a rainbow of threads and the outer borders just got white thread.  Then I went back in and did some dense straight lines so the peels would really pop out.  They definitely pop, but you can't really see the straight lines.  I think I'm okay with that, but it was a little bummer that that portion of work wasn't obvious.


You can see the lines when the kids decide the quilt is a hat....


I still have to measure it to figure out which category of the QAL to enter, but you'll definitely see me in there somewhere.  And there's still plenty of time to get your orange peel on; the final link up is from August 23 - September 8, so that's almost a month!  Do it!  It's fun, and there's prizes!

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday and Quilt Matters for TGIFF!

21 comments:

  1. This turned out just beautiful!!! I love the ghostie peels and the pic with your kids :) Congrats and thanks for joining up!

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  2. I love how this turned out. The "quilt as a hat" photo is cute and I can see the straight line stitching. Congratulations on such a lovely finish!

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  3. Just beautiful! I think the ghost peels make it complete. like your models too :)

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  4. What a beautiful quilt! Love the choice of colors and your little quilt models are adorable!

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  5. Beautiful!! this QAL was on my list and I never made it! LOL Your's is fantastic and your helpers adorable!

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  6. Yay! Congrats on a beautiful quilt, Mary! I love the rainbow against the low volume background!

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  7. It is gorgeous. I love how you incorporated the background.

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  8. This is so pretty! I wanted to join the quilt along but I'm always late! I have my supplies at least :)

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  9. i really like this, leaves are appealing and has the feeling of spring. The kid is really cute with his tongue hanging out;

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  10. Oh that's beautiful - I love the rainbow!

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  11. I really love this design - it looks fantastic in those fabrics! Well done!!

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  12. This turned out great, Mary, and I enjoyed watching the process on IG. It was SO hard to keep myself from participating in this quilt-a-long. My to-do list is crazy!

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  13. It is beautiful! Well done!

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  14. Cool quilt! I really like the colour sequencing.

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  15. What a great layout! I am following along with the Orange peel QAL, too. They are fun to make!

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  16. Very nice. Love the Low volume print background.

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  17. That is beautiful! I love the rainbow effect, and also the low volume background.

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  18. I love it! I wished I'd had time to play along, but couldn't fit it in this summer. If I had 0 something like this is just what I would have wanted to make - I've pinned it for the future!

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  19. Beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics you used.

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