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.

~R 

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