This is my For Real Orange Peel project. After making 900 test block units I am now ready to embark upon the Real Deal.
Good gravy, thank you for all the brilliant suggestions. Sew four 4 1/2 inch scrappy background squares together into your large block first, before appliquing? Chris, can you hear me slapping my forehead and saying "Duh!" Be sure to read Kath's wonderful suggestion on using a sticky label run through the printer for your template. And if you are wanting to make your own orange peel template pieces, read Renate's comment on using the Pythagorean Theorem to figure it out. I am serious. Europeans are so much better at math than we Americans are. Except for Thelma.
This is the fabric collection I plan to use. Kona Snow is my background and the collection is Fancy by Lily Ashbury. You know what? Best.Day.Ever. by April Rosenthal coordinates perfectly if I want to add in a little something extra.
Here are my prepped pieces for nine blocks. I haven't cut out all the fabric yet, but then I am not sure how big I am going to make my version. The blocks finish at only 8 inches, so I may be making a few. Notice how I have pressed the background blocks? That is to aid me in placing the applique units just right.
I am doing needle turn applique, because I have discovered I hate all the prep of starch and glue and want to get right to the sewing. The stitching on these guys goes very quickly. Friday morning I had fun picking out a slew of pretty matching threads to do the hand sewing.
Hope you all had a splendid weekend!