Friday, 1 August 2014

The start of the follow along

I along with other teacher's in training have been asked to do a quick demonstration for our local quilting guild on Saturday I am feeling really nervous and a little excited. 

There will be 9 ladies set up at different tables into the hall where we meet and every 9 minutes a group of around 20 ladies will move on to the next table for the following demonstration. The technique I have chosen to demonstrate is preparing shapes for applique using tin foil. 
I won't give too much away in this post but will post something in the next couple of weeks as part of the follow along. 

This is the orange peel block we will be making

The other part of my "demonstration" will be chatting about following quilt blogs online and quilt along's. I have chosen to call mine a follow along rather than quilt along. People usually put up links back to their blogs to show what they have done, but I feel this might well be a little ambitious at this early stage but maybe we can progress to this some day.

So welcome if you are going to be following along, feel free to comment or ask questions. 
As the first time doing anything like this there will  be a learning curve so happy to learn along with you.

The first part in the series is the drawing up of the block and creating the orange peel shape so that you can make your template. 
For my block I have chosen a 4 inch square. This could be any size that suits you. The principle of creating the template will be the same. 

I first drew a 4 inch block and then added the seam allowance.
I have used cardboard - cereal boxes material works quite well for this sort of thing. 

Using a compass I placed the sharp point in the bottom right hand corner and aligned the pencil in the bottom left corner about 1 eighth of an inch inside of the left corner and then swivelled towards the top right creating the first arc. Next I placed the sharp point top left and swivelled from left to right creating the petal shape you see below. 

You now have your block drawn up. At this stage you can cut out your template or use this as your master and make a template from there.

I will post again next week Saturday the preparation of the petal shapes ready for applique. 


  1. Hi Tracy, really enjoyed your interesting demo today. One of my favourite applique is orange peel. Just loved your method. Can you use the foil a second time?
    Thank you for sharing your great tips
    regards Fay

    1. Hi There Fay
      Thank you so much, glad people found it useful.
      Yes, you can use the tin foil over and over again. I would just smooth it out each time so you don't get any funny wrinkles along the side.