Yes, we're skipping Block 21, you didn't miss one. I could have gone back and renumbered everything, but I'm lazy. So we're skipping the lone star for now, otherwise you'll probably never get another block. So, here we go. We will continue on with applique, in this case Orange Peels. There are many ways of doing applique, we'll focus on rough edge, machine-sewn applique. But I'll provide links to a few other ways as well.
Background: (8) 4.5" x 4.5"
Prints: enough to make (8) 4" petals
Background: (8) 2.5" x 2.5" OR (2) 4.5" x 4.5"
Prints: enough to make (8) 2" petals or (2) 4" petals
Print either the Orange Peel Template which has both one 4" and one 2" petal, or a page of 4" Orange Peels, or a page of 2" Orange Peels. Make sure your printer is set to "Actual Size" and use the 1 inch measure to make sure it came out the right size. If you are following along with me, using rough edge applique, cut out the 4" (2") orange peel template and then trace it onto template plastic and cut that out.
needle turn applique, freezer paper applique (you can trim your freezer paper to 8.5x11" and print the full page of orange peels directly onto the paper), and fusible applique (we'll be returning to this method for our Dresden plates).
For the raw edge applique, I prefer to use the Lite Heat n Bond (make sure it's light weight and sewable). It has a bumpy side and a paper side.
If you are using straight stitch, start slightly on the fabric about 1/8" from each edge (for anything else start in one corner). Sew about 1/8" from the edge all the way around, stopping your needle shortly before the other corner, lifting your presser foot, and turning the square. Carefully sew the last stitch through your first stitch, then lift your presser foot, pull up a tail of thread and cut it. Make sure you leave enough to start your next block with a tail.
Here is the finished queen sized block:
Queen sized: 8.5" x 16.5"
Baby quilt: 4.5" x 8.5"
Several other options:
- Switch out your background and print fabrics, so you have an inverted peel.
- Cut wonky orange peels to applique to your background.
- Use HSTs as the background (you'll get a cathedral window effect if you use the O layout).
- Fussy cut your orange peels.
- Cut a background the size of the finished block and applique the orange peels any which way.
- Create fabric and cut your peels from that.
- Leave some of the background blocks empty.
- Cut any other vaguely directional piece to applique, like a simple arrow.
- Use some of your scraps and make each peel from a different fabric.