Issue 78 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine comes with a set of templates to make 6in Orange Peel blocks! Here’s how to use them in your quilts…
Whether you’re a curve connoisseur or a stranger to anything without straight lines, learn to master perfect Orange Peel blocks with our sturdy set.
Step one: Cut two shapes from Template A, and one shape from Template B. If making many blocks, it’s easiest to cut 61⁄2in wide strips first, and then subcut your template pieces, fitting them together to avoid fabric wastage (Figs 1 and 2). If you struggle with curves you may want to cut the Template A pieces from 7in squares, so there’s an extra 1⁄2in beyond the straight edges. You can trim these down after sewing.
Step two: Use the templates as a guide to mark the dots on your fabric pieces. Take one piece each from Templates A and B and with right sides together and the A background piece on top, pin together at the dot (Fig 3).
Step three: Pin at either end, then ease along the curve and pin together between these points. Sew the two pieces together slowly to avoid stretching, removing the pins as you go (Fig 4).
Step four: Carefully clip into the seams at regular intervals, or trim the seam allowance with pinking shears. Open the block up and gently press the seam to one side (Fig 5).
Step five: Repeat with the second background Template A piece on the opposite side of the block (Fig 6). Your block should measure 61⁄2in square. If you cut your Template A pieces larger in step 1, then trim the block to size.
Once you’ve mastered the technique, why not try Lorna Slessor’s Orange Soda quilt and coordinating mini?!
Issue 78 is on sale from Wednesday 4th September – pre-order your copy here!