Button Button’s Orange Peel Quilt-Along

I am a very newbie quilter, as clearly demonstrated in this little piece of work. But I do love the idea of quilting, and I love the finished products. I’m a quilt/blanket junkie from wayy back. My favorite pastime, in fact, is huddling in the fetal position beneath a good, warm quilt, trying to curl my body into as small a space as possible. I’m lucky enough to have quilts passed down to me through several generations of family: I have quilts made by my great-grandmother, my grandmother, my aunt, and my mom. So I kind of have to make quilts, right? I mean, future generations of cranky, likely clinically depressed offspring are depending on me to line their secluded hobbit caves with love! I cannot let them down!

So in the service of continued practice and learning and honing those skillz, I’m joining Julie from Button Button and her lovely Orange Peel Quilt-Along. (You might know Julie as one of the creative masterminds behind Little Dorrit & Co. Their embroidery patterns are sweet and most are based on literature, which of course I adore.)

This particular quilt-along appeals to me for several reasons: 1) it’s totally laid back, chill, no pressure, 2) I’ve admired her work from afar for quite some time now, 3) the mini-quilt she’s already made in this style is beautiful and inspiring, 4) it involves applique, which I’d love to do more of, 5) it involves hand-stitching, which I’m so down with, 6) (and not least) when she found out that several people were interested in quilting along with her, Julie responded on her blog with “That’s so damn awesome!” I love girls who swear when talking about crafting. I just do. Those are MY PEOPLE.

So today, I’ve been digging up fabrics and trying to make some decisions. Ugh. Decisions.

This is probably the most difficult part for me. I am NOT GOOD at choosing fabrics; I’m really not. I have a really hard time visualizing the finished project and deciding whether the individual fabrics are going to work well together.

I’m thinking maybe…

fabric choices

And that’s not a great picture, but it was the best I could do at the moment. I don’t know. I’m agonizing. Not enough contrast? Too few low volumes? I DON’T KNOW. Talk me through this, people. Seriously. What do you think?

Oh, and be sure to check out Button Button and all of her awesomeness and join in the quilt-along, because it’s going to be great.

Peace, out.



9 thoughts on “Button Button’s Orange Peel Quilt-Along

  1. I’m so excited to see how this turns out – it’ll be like I’m participating vicariously through your efforts (which is my favorite type of participation).

    I really like your fabrics! Maybe add one that brings in that bright fuschia-ish color of the butterfly in the top right fabric – to provide an extra pop of contrast. Or, roll on as-is. Hell, I don’t know! 🙂

  2. Hi – I’m joining in the ‘orange peel quilt along thingy’ too. Having only organised my plastic container (in which to store all the stuff as we go along), last night I got my colored pencils out to try to work out some colors for the fabrics – sometimes that helps me. No closer as yet! Look forward to seeing your creation come along!!!

  3. I think your fabric choices are lovely, I especially like the top right. I’m joining in with the quilt along too – I wish I could be braver with my fabric choices and use less grey!

  4. I love this post so much! Yes, I am known to be totally sweary with my crafting – but usually just when they misbehave. 😉

    Your fabrics look great! And anyway, don’t forget that you can always add something else in later if you feel like you’re missing something or unsure!

    And I love that we’re using one of the same fabrics – the Lizzy House moons are in my stack, too! 🙂

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