Welcome to the second official post of our Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along! We have completed the center medallion star and the first border, the Orange Peel blocks! Be sure and visit the QAL page to see other posts along the way and visit the Flickr group for great inspiration. We are adding a linky at the bottom of this post for participants to show off what they have made so far, so be sure and check them out, too.
I changed up my orange peel border by first piecing print squares on point with white and gray triangles. When the “petals” were added, it gives kind of a cathedral window look that I think is fun.
As I have written before, I am not a fan of doing appliqué, but I love the finished look of it. I did sew my appliqué pieces on by machine, but I wanted them to have a turned (finished) edge, so I basted them onto freezer paper first, pinned them to the pieced border and topstitched with matching thread.
First, trace the templates onto the freezer paper (I used 8 1/2x 11 sheets, so I could just trace one sheet, then copy it on my printer), not including seam allowance.
Then cut out the paper shapes and iron them onto the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out the shapes, adding seam allowance to the fabric.
Turn the edges under and sew to the paper with a running stitch by hand. These stitches are removed once you have appliquéd the pieces onto your borders.
Pin the shapes in place on your background fabric and carefully sew along the very edge with your machine, using matching thread. You can cut the back and remove the paper after removing the basting stitches.
Be sure and visit Jess, too. She did hers like the pattern using needle turn hand appliqué and also has links to some other tutorials for making these.
Hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!