January – Orange Peel Block

Get your needles ready for the FIRST block lotto of the year! WoooOOOOoooo!!!!

To kick it off, we are combining a skill builder with this block lotto. Last year we made simple quarter circle blocks, and got our curve piecing on. Now, we are going to kick it up a notch with some Orange Peel Blocks.

Feb Block

Also known as Melon Blocks, this is a versatile block with a lot of modern potential. On its own, an orange peel makes a very pretty structured quilt.

Classic orange peel

Classic orange peel

A little layout twist

A little layout twist

Now imagine the quilt you could make in RAINBOW SOLIDS!

Yes, that’s right, we are looking for bright happy solids for these blocks, to help beat back the rainy greys! The background should be WHITE =)

When cutting your pieces, pay close attention to the position of the grain lines. Cutting on grain will help with easing the curved seams. The key with curved piecing is to take your time, and make sure that the ends and centers match. Notches and seam allowances have been included in the templates to make this easy.

We will be using the curved sewing technique shown in this great video tutorial from Fons and Porter. While the block may differ from ours, the technique is the same. Blocks will come back at 7 1/2″.

CLICK HERE for the tutorial, or copy and paste the following web address: http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/quilting_curved_seams_b

Click here to download the Orange Peel Template

Quick tip: When printing your templates, make sure the printer is set to “Actual Size” or “No Scaling” and measure the test square to make sure it printed at 1″.

A Quick diagram of orange peel piecing

A Quick diagram of orange peel piecing

Make as many blocks as you want, and bring them to the February meeting. Each block earns you one entry into the lotto.I hope you feel inspired to participate in the block lotto, they are always a ton of fun!

Bonus Alert!

Now, you may think hmmm, what a very simple and plain block. What can I do with these blocks if I win?

Well, all it takes is a little slice and dicing, and the winner can create some very interesting block shapes!

So many options with one little block!

So many options with one little block!

There are 16 or more (since I don’t quite remember how to actually do this math) combinations and positions that you can come up with for the block quarters, but it makes for some interesting quilts when they are cut up and rotated. The two layouts below are just a pair of examples using a quartered block. Imagine what you could do cutting the orange peels into Quarter Square Triangles!

Challenge Feb sampl

Sample 1- alternate Blocks rotated 180- degrees

Sample 2- alternate Blocks rotated 180- degrees

Sample 2- alternate Blocks rotated 180- degrees




7 responses to “January – Orange Peel Block

  1. Hi all:
    This is a newbie question but… I’m assuming that the blocks don’t need to be made out of the EXACT fabrics shown above – just ANY red/pink/coral/purple fabrics for the kiss and ANY low value prints for the background?


  2. Hi Elizabeth!

    You are correct! The fabrics shown are a sampling of some berry colors, to give a guideline and general idea of the different prints you can use =)

  3. Thanks Stacey!

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  6. Paul Krampitz

    What should the background of our melons (snerk) be? I think from the pics of our last meeting, you used a light grey. Or is it OK to use any solid for the background?

  7. Hi Paul! The blocks are on a white background, sorry for the confusion!

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