Thursday, February 9, 2017

Impressions Orange Peel Templates: a giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop

Today seems like a great day to announce a fun giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop! In December I received their fabulous Sew Sampler box, and it included a set of Impressions Orange Peel Templates. That was the nudge I needed to begin my first orange peel quilt, and I’d love for one of you to win a set of Impressions Quilting Templates too!



To backtrack just a bit, I want to add a disclaimer.  I am not a hand applique expert . . . by any means!  But I do love hand binding, and I have been longing to do more hand sewing, more "slowdown sewing."  In fact, I blogged about that just last week. So I took a little leap of faith, relied on some techniques I know, and I’m winging it as I go. It feels really good!  I’ll share some of my thoughts with you in case you feel like throwing caution to the wind!

First I pulled some favorite cream-background prints from my Fig Tree stash.  They looked really pretty with the Moda Cross Weave (in sand) that I had on hand.  Fabric selection: check! Then I chose the 4” template because, to my eye, it looked like the right size for the prints.  (Again, winging it and loving it.  Go with your instincts, people!)



Next I pondered whether I would do fusible applique (which I’ve done before), needle turn applique (which sounded scary), or sew-in interfacing applique (which I’ve done once before and enjoyed). Since this project was intended to be slowdown sewing, I opted for the last option and traced about 8 orange peel shapes onto the interfacing just to get started.



Call me silly, but it’s fun to see the cherries through the traced shape! Time to begin sewing.



I shortened up my stitch length and used my walking foot to sew on the traced line.  I love my walking foot, but it does block the view of where the needle hits the line. I checked my stitches.  They looked good.

 


Still, I wondered if I should use my open toe foot (#20 on my Bernina) so that I could see the line better. I tried that, and my stitches looked fine that way too.  However, I didn’t enjoy stopping and pivoting around the curve.  So in the end I opted for my walking foot.  I’m the most comfortable with that, and I could ease around the shape without any stopping and pivoting.



After I had sewn interfacing to four different prints, I trimmed to within 1/4" of the traced shape.  I then cut an opening in the interfacing, turned the orange peel right side out, pushed out the corners as best I could, and pressed.



Typically a 4” orange peel would call for a 4 1/2” background square.  I cut my Moda Cross Weave squares to 5” because that woven fabric tends to fray a bit when you are handling it.  I will trim them up to 4 1/2” later when the hand sewing is all done. (Here's a picture of my sweet little needle book I made for this project. You can read about that here if you'd like: Simple Zipper Bag: Preparing for some "slowdown sewing".



I selected Aurifil 80 wt applique thread number 2026 (chalk). This thread is silky smooth to the touch, but it is also strong.  I love how my stitches disappear into the fabric. And, I must say, I’m a little smitten with the wooden spool.



I only have four orange peels done, and my type A personality is totally fine with that.  No deadline.  No pressure.  Although . . . I can’t stop thinking about how I’d like an orange peel mini quilt hanging in a bare spot in my dining room . . . by summer would be nice. 



Would you like to win an Impressions Orange Peel Quilting Template set from Fat Quarter Shop? Then simply leave a comment below with your email address. Comments are open through 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at which time a random drawing will take place. We are also giving away a set on Instagram, so visit me at @taunjalynn for a second chance to win. This giveaway is also open to international customers.  Thank you so much for your generosity FatQuarter Shop!

*Only one comment per person/per email address.  Email me if you are having trouble leaving a comment and I will leave a comment on your behalf (carriedawayquilting@gmail.com) 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


~Taunja


189 comments:

  1. I love everything about this post!!!! I just made an orange peel quilt for my mother in law for Christmas but I machine stitched them with a blanket stitch. I love the idea of your slow down sewing project and it will also be a portable project that I can take with me, which will be fun!! Fig Tree fabrics are my absolute favorite so that's what I will use for my quilt as well. �� I love all the different sizes that these templates have and you gave so many great tips that I am looking forward to using on my next orange peel quilt!!!! Thank you for the wonderful tips and the opportunity to win these great templates!!!! traceyheinle@gmail.com

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    1. Just love your enthusiasm Tracey! And what a nice gift for your MIL! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. I have long admired the orange peel applique projects, but haven't tried them. After seeing this post, I want to dig right in...but need those templates! I would use them the same way with the interfacing. Not sure I want to attempt the needle-turn method just yet. Yours are lovely! duchick at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad I tried something new. Never to old to learn I guess! :

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  3. These templates look amazing, this would making orange peel quilts much easier. Your method using interfacing looks interesting.

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  4. Oh this sounds like a good way for me. I love the look of orange peels, but never tride a big project. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I will have to try this. And to win the give away would just be awesome!
    sammartina(at)bluewin(dot)ch

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    1. Thanks for checking it out Martina! Good luck!

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  5. HOW FUN! Looks very interesting+a good way to start! Thanks to You+FQS too! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  6. Just love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for posting this tutorial, I may just be able to actually tackle an orange peel quilt!

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  7. Can't wait to see this when its all done. Lovely choice of fabrics as usual. Would love to try this myself. jjs-wife@hotmail.com

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  8. I would love to win this! An orange peel quilt is on my to do list!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!

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  9. Jthon62@comcast.net. would love to try making a quilt with this template. I can see flowers

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  10. This looks like fun - love your fabrics. a(dot)haun(at)sbcglobal9dot0net

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  11. I have never tried this before and looks like something I would love to try. Love that fabric and oh my, that Aurifil thread looks yummy too!!!! pamuhan@gmai.com

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    1. Yes! Loving this Aurifil thread! Good luck!

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  12. Love the fabric...
    amandalee2283@gmail.com

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  13. Love your applique method - looks awesome! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I would love to win an orange peel template set! I've been wanting to make one of these quilts for awhile now but don't have the templates.Thanks so much. chocolatewiskers@aol.com

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  15. How cool! I just recently got into hand sewing as well, and it is definitely good for slowing down. ariel(dot)davis722(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Your work is so pretty>I'd like to try this!I'm a quilter, but have not done any applique! Thanks for sharing! jldouglas@wispwet.net

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  17. Just gorgeoys❤��❤ It is a great slow down project and as I said the other day . I'd love to try do some orange peel. On something lol ..and would hand sew as you have.I like that technique too. Thanks for the opportunity xx

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    1. Oh thank you! Thanks for popping over to the blog!

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  18. I love your blocks! Orange peels are on my bucket list, these templates would be wonderful!

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  19. Oh darn, forgot this....patti(dot)mcg(at)verizon(dot)net

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  20. Love your orange peels! Loudog 91301 at aol dot com

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  21. Hoping Feb 16th is my lucky day and I'm the lucky winner. This quilt is going to be so beautiful.

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  22. I need some slow down sewing too. This would be perfect😊😊I have done a small orange peel lap size using the iron on, then raw edge appliqué. But this will suit to slow down once I get the sewing, and turning done 😊😊😊 thanks for the chance to win these.

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  23. Stitching is my slow down project but I would love to try something new.
    Thankyou for a great giveaway. lp.milsom@bigpond.com

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    1. Well hello there Leanne! Thanks for popping over!

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  24. The fabric your using is so DARN cute !! I have done some orange peal in another block pattern and they are so much fun ! A set of different sizes would be WONDERFUL !! Thanks for the possibility!!

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  25. I'm envying your sweet fabric choices!! Now I want to make it as well!! tenabell(at)msn(dot)com.

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  26. I love the background you are using with the decadent cherries print! If you decide you simply can't wait for the whole quilt it would be darling worked up as a table topper with a bit of the crochet lace trim like your coffee time runner. Thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway! Sara (dot) Meidinger at gmail.

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    1. VERY good idea! Lace trim would be perfect with this! :)

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  27. Thank you so much for the chance to win - yes, I certainly would!!!
    Your orange peel blocks look lovely and sweet.

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  28. I would love to try an orange peel quilt. Joanna Figueroa did some real cute ones last summer! I like using the interfacing method for applique! Love your fabric choices! gaylemiller61@gmail.com

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  29. Have never made them before. Looks like fun. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  30. I would love to win. I love your way of "fussy cutting" petals.

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  31. Comment left for Sue H. Your choice of fabric and size is lovely. This is the sort of project that can be done in the evening while watching tv. As you said: No hurry, no fuss. My eyes have said good bye to cross stitch years ago and this will keep me occupied while watching TV. I just can’t sit and do nothing. I’ve looked at this pattern for some time now and it would be really nice to win the templates. sfharter(at)att(dot) net

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  32. Looks like fun to me! Orange peel design opportunities are infinite. I love your fabric picks! eamylove@aol.com

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  33. I have just made my first machine appliqued wall-hanging, but I am looking for some handwork to carry with me on vacation. This would be perfect.

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    1. This would be great vacation/travel work! :)

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  34. Your work is so beautiful. I love your choice of fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win. :) 2mcivors@gmail.com

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    1. Hey there lady! Thanks for popping over to see!

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  35. This Fabric is so sweet! Love this shape and your tips on making the orange peel designs are great! Thank you, Susan

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  36. I would love to win a set of templates for the Orange Peel pattern. Your blocks are so darn cute. Using interfacing is just perfect for a project like this. Thanks for the draw and the inspiration. raydeer@memlane.com

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  37. The orange peel templates are awesome! Love your work. Good luck everyone!!!!

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  38. I've only done raw edge applique before and I really Love the way yours turned out with the method you've chosen! I've got to give this a try! quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Someday soon I want to give applique a whirl and these seem like a good way to start. Yours look great.

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    1. Thanks Marsha! I'm not sure why I was scared of it before! ;)

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  40. I love your blocks. I have not tried applique before, but the way you have demonstrated it, it looks like it would be simple.

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    1. It turned out to be much easier than I thought! Thanks!

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  41. I love your fabric choices! I think I'm going to have to try your appliqué method. ann(dot)ost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Beautiful fabric!! :) I STARTED an orange peel quilt at a Missouri Star Quilt Company retreat 1 1/2 years ago. It's become a UFO now. :( I know it will be a lot of work, but it's applique I think could be done during the week a little each night which will make a BIG difference later. It's a great idea when i decide to start back on it.

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    1. Sounds like a plan! A little bit each night and before you know it, you'd make some big headway on that UFO!

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  43. Oh my heavens, you make it look so effortless! I love that cherry print... ADORABLE!! Orange peels are another of those projects on that growing summer to-do list of mine. ;)

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    1. Oh I wish for summer for you so you can tackle that list!!

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  44. I hope I am the lucky one this time. I would love to take up hand piecing again. I need something to do with my hands as I watch TV in the evenings. This looks like the perfect project.

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  45. What a great tutorial with an interesting template. It would be nice to win, but mainly I thank you for the inspiration. I followed a Pinterest post to your blog and think it is great. I will be a "follower" now.
    beverlybsmith1@yahoo.com

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    1. What a nice thing to say Beverly! I really appreciate that! :)

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  46. Orange peel quilts are always so pretty! Would love to have templates!

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  47. I would LOOOOVE to win your Give-a-way!! Thank you for the chance! :) I have wanted to make an Orange Peel quilt "forever"...these would sure get me started quicker! :D
    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  48. Great step by step instructions. Never tried orange peels. Would 💞 2 win

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  49. I've just started using wool for applique.
    Looks like fun with cotton. Orange peel looks like it would be fun.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. I need to tackle wool applique . . . some day! I think I may have done a project many moons ago for Autumn. I wonder who I gave it to? :(

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  50. I'm new to your site and it looks like it will be wonderful to follow. I love to applique and will try a orange peel it looks like fun. I loved the fabrics you picked.
    Thanks for the tutorial it will be very handy.
    Ramona

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  51. Thanks for posting the great tutorial. Great inspiration to try something different!
    Ann V

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  53. this looks like fun
    fredsews2@gmail.com

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  54. beautiful fabrics and applique work....gotta try that 80 wt thread....fantastic giveaway....i've got some jo morton fabrics set aside for my orange peel project...

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    1. Ooooh that sounds lovely! Yes, I do like this 80 wt!

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  55. I love the fat quarter shop and trying new sewing projects. I would love to try this one. kourtneynichols2000@yahoo.com

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  56. I saw a si m similar template from another quilting company and I really want to give these a Try! I love the different sizes that weren't offered.

    Kvalimont@hotmail.com

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  57. Good idea, I have have been thinking of the same but have been using hexagons, hml5903@gmail.com

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  58. Thank you for the detailed tutorial! I've never seen appliqué done like this, but it looks like fun. Your work is beautiful!

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  59. Would love to win these!! This pattern is on my list of quilts to make.

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  60. I love the fabric you choose. I have been wanting to try an orange peel quilt. This may be the push I need. Thanks for the chance.

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  61. Love the fabrics!! What a nice giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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  62. Comment left for Joanne B:
    I love this technique for appliqué, so much nicer than raw edge, which is all I have done. The orange peel templates are so pretty, thank you for sharing.
    Joanne

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  63. I LOVE applique, and I LOVE orange peels! My dream combo here!

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    1. Lotsa love on Valentines Day. I love it! ;)

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  64. These look amazing! I love trying new quilting/sewing ideas...thanks for sharing with us!

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  65. That looks so easy and I've always loved the orange peel but have never created one. Thank you.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It was much easier than I thought (worried) it would be. Good luck Diane!

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  66. Orange peels are definitely on my todo list I would love to win

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  67. So pretty!! Fig Tree is my favorite!! I have been wanting to make an orange peel quilt!! My email is blogsdon95@Gmail.com

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  68. Would love to try this out.
    Pamb.1311@gmail.com

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  69. These look great! Would love to try them! sascheidt@gmail.com

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  70. Fig tree was a terrific choice to use....and I need a hand sewing project and am just not in to doing hexies. Orange peels fit the bill very nicely.

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  71. Yay!! I would love to win a set of these. Been wanting to give this a try. Thanks for your generousity. Kellyschott1360@gmail.com

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    1. I waited far too long to try orange peels. Great fun!

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  72. I love the colors that you chose for this project. Applique is on my list for 2017. These templates would help me check that project off of my list! nancyb88@hotmail.com

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  73. I am new to this kind of work and these templates would be a great help to get me stated. sharon.lehman@hotmail.com

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  74. These are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.
    kiddkeizer at shaw dot ca

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    1. Thanks for checking it out Bec! Good luck!

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  75. Thanks so much for this post! I haven't tried the interfacing technique, but I'm going to try it now. And thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to use these templates!

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway! lauradeleski at charter dot net

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  77. I've been eyeing this Orange Peel Impressions set for a while. I would love to win one and make my very own OP quilt!

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  78. I love the fabric choice in this post! Beautiful, simply elegant. I can't wait to do an orange peel quilt or cathedral windows. My email is jplasha@baldwin-telecom.net, thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway

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    1. Oh I need to try a cathedral window too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  79. Very pretty and very useful! My email address is shermur@sbcglobal.net

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  80. An orange peel quilt is on my bucket list so these templates would be awesome to have. I did not know I could buy something like these templates so thanks for sharing your cute quilt in the making and for the giveaway.

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  82. What a fun slowdown project. Just what I am looking to do after all the Christmas quilting I did. Love your color choices. I just wish I did the appliques your way when I did a quilt with 240 petals!!! dlbaegs@aol.com

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    1. Oh my gosh! That sounds like quite a project~240 petals! Wow!!

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  83. I've seen several fun projects I'd love to make with theses.

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  84. The orange perl quilt will be next on my list
    Thanks fir a chance to win

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  85. I tried Orange Peels a little while back, would be nice to try again!

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  86. Ok so I have never tried an orange peel quilt and this could be my nudge as well. Thanks so much for a chance to win. My email is: kmckillip@hcclaw.com.

    Thanks!
    Karmen

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    1. Don't we all need a nudge now and then? Good luck Karmen!

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  87. I have tried sew in interfacing orange peel . Would like to try technique with larger peel. And maybe try my walking foot?

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  88. I've seen several orange peel quilts on various sites in the past month and would love to try one. I love the idea of slowing down and doing some hand sewing.

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    1. Me too Mary! It's good for the sewing soul!

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  89. I love handwork and these orange peels look delicious! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.
    ceciliayoung at gmx dot com

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    1. I am loving it too! Thanks for stopping by Cecilia!

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  90. An orange peel quilt has been on my bucket list for a while!

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    1. Seems like a lot of people have been thinking that. We are in good company!

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  91. Me like others, I've wanted to do an orange peel quilt for many years! I LOVE what you are doing on yours! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks Di! Yes it seems like quilters are really getting the orange peel fever! I need to get back to my blocks some evening soon! ;)

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  92. Excited about trying for this giveaway! An orange peel quilt would be great to try. ncregina2@yahoo.com

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  93. I love this shape also. thanks for the giveaway.

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  94. What beautiful fabric and such a simple pattern. This is definitely on my to do list!

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    1. Hey thanks for stopping by! Yes, turned out to be pretty simple actually!

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