I'm still chugging along on the Orange Peel QAL.
I managed to get all my peels appliquéd and I even avoided a hole in my finger by finally getting used to wearing a thimble. I have to wear it on the ring finger of my left hand (I'm left handed) as I find myself pushing the needle through with the side of my nail. Without a thimble, the needle eye sinks into the space between nail and flesh. Gross and painful.
The next task was to trim the blocks down and sew them together. We deliberately made the blocks oversized at 6" so they could be trimmed down. I read the instructions, then took this project with me to the next meeting of the East Midlands Modern Quilt Group where I promptly forgot the instructions and cut them all down to 5.5" which I think is a shade too small.
Some of them took some major trimming down and were often sewn on at a funny angle, so I'm glad we did it that way. I thought sewing them together would be a nightmare, and it was. I had to unpick and sew loads, though I was only aiming for workable and not perfection!
The finished quilt is pretty big, for a mini. If the blocks are 5" finished, there are 6 rows and 6 columns so that means it must be 30" square? Give that girl a prize for her maths there... Next stage is to quilt it. I might attempt some FMQ in the backgrounds, not sure what I'll do for the actual peels. Any suggestions?