Orange Peel Goodness: Machine Appliqué

May 9, 2017By Mister DomesticAppliqué, Home Decor, Quilting, Tutorial 10 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

I’ll totally admit it… Sometimes I see ideas floating around the interweb and, hmmm I just don’t think that’s for me. One such idea was the orange peel. I’m just not into hand appliqué or folding the fabric over and all that jazz, it all seemed like a lot of fuss for something that I didn’t think would fit into my aesthetic. And then, like being hit on the head with a ton of bricks, the right fabric combination made its way into my sewing room and the orange peel was the only thing I could think about. So, this post will chronicle my journey into Orange Peel Goodness.

Machine Used

DreamWeaver® XE VM6200D (AKA Felicia)

Materials and Supplies

  • 3” Orange Peel Template
  • 18”x18” square of background fabric
  • 3 different colors of fabric for orange peels
  • Double sided fusible appliqué sheets
  • Thread for machine appliqué
  • Erasable pen for marking
  • Fabric scissors

Let’s Get Down to Orange Peely Goodness

For this project, I knew that I wanted minimal work. Like this didn’t need to be one of those fussy projects even though it involved different methods. So I chose raw-edge orange peels using the quilting appliqué stitch on Felicia to get the orange peels down. But wait wait – You went TOO FAST. (That’s me talking to myself.) So here’s the breakdown of how I got from A to Z.

Orange peel photo 2 peels cut out

To prepare the orange peels, I fused the three denims that I chose to a fusible appliqué sheet, traced the orange peel onto the back of the sheet and cut them out with scissors. For the design I chose, I needed four dark blues and eight of the medium and light blues.

Orange peel 3 - marked
Orange peel 4 - cutting out

Next, I needed to create a grid on my background fabric with an erasable pen (accentuated in Illustrator in the image). I determined the size of the squares in the grid by placing the orange peel on the 45 degree diagonal of my quilting ruler. As you can see from the picture, it’s a 2 7/8” square, so use this technique if you decide if you use a different size.

Orange peel 5 measurement
Orange Peel 6 - grid

Since the lines created by the erasable pen will disappear after you iron, I started by ironing (and fusing) the outside orange peels and worked inward until I got the final pattern.

Orange peel 7 plaement
Orange Peel 8
Orange Peel 9 - full placement

Next, I found the quilted appliqué stitch, stitch number Q-12 on Felicia, and followed the edge of the orange peels until they were all secured.
Orange Peel 10 - stitch setting
Orane peel 11 - adding stitching

And this is as far as I’ll take you in this post. From here, I quilted over the panel and made a pillow, but the sky’s the limit with Orange Peel Goodness. For more information on constructing a pillow, pop on over to Heather Jone’s post where she makes an Improv Log Cabin Pillow Cover.

As always, if you have any questions or tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments. I’d love to see photos of your Orange Peel Goodness, so be sure to share on Facebook and Instagram, tagging us at #StitchingSewcial and @MisterDomestic and @BrotherSews.

Stay awesome,


    • Hi Marisa,

      Thank you for your comment! Please be sure to tag us at #StitchingSewcial and @BrotherSews if you make some of your own Orange Peel Goodness so we can share in your quilting fun!

      Happy Quilting!

    • Hi Jeannie,
      Thank you for your question. Allow me to clarify to avoid further confusion. Orange Peel in this post refers to the crescent shapes that Mathew has machine appliquéd onto the pillow. It is a shape that is growing in popularity within the quilting community, but if this is your first time hearing it, I can understand the confusion.
      I hope this clarifies.
      Happy Quilting!

  • Yes, it does clarify for me. I will check with my sister quilters/sewers to see if they are familiar with the term.
    Thank you, Jeannie

    • Hi Jean,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      In talking with Mister Domestic, he mentioned that he didn’t use a stabilizer on the main fabric as he found when using this Appliqué stitch, stabilizer isn’t required.

      Hope this helps!

      Happy Sewing!

      The Brother Sews Team

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