Saturday 17 September 2016

Free Tutorial - Orange Peel Perfection Part 2

Last week I posted a free tutorial on how to make a very easy orange peel shape and how to use it in a 12 inch block. Once you know the technique it will revolutionize the way you make this shape. If you missed my Part 1 tutorial blogpost you can read it by clicking here.

This week 's blogpost is the Free Tutorial - Orange Peel Perfection Part 2 . In this blogpost I will be sharing edge finishing techniques and block variations, so let's get started! 

Once you have adhered your orange peels to your blocks you will need to finish the edges to secure them well. This can be done in a number of ways. You can do it by hand stitching, creating the look of needle-turn applique. This edge finish is very neat and almost invisible .

I know it is hard to take your eyes off the gorgeous hare in this Tula  Pinkfabric but if you can look at the stitches on the edge it really does look like a very neat needle-turned edge but without all the hard work! Oh how I love a good cheat technique! The blocks look great done in this way....

If you are in a hurry, or just prefer to use your machine, as I often do, then you may want to machine finish your edges. You could use a buttonhole stitch , or a small zigzag stitch. I prefer a small zigzag stitch using Superior  Mono. Poly thread. Stitch length 2.5   Stitch width 2.0 

It can be seen, but when the blocks are laid out it does not detract from the overall look of the blocks. . 

The advantage of this finish is the speed of its execution.

This week I have completed a few more blocks and have been playing around with placement.

I have also been playing with a few different sizes of orange peel shapes and arranging them in different ways to make new blocks. I hope you like them.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I am so glad you did!

Happy sewing, love Miriamx

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