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Orange Peel, a Pretty Edge to Edge Quilting Pattern

Today, I'm sharing another beautiful quilt. This time it is the Tone it Down quilt designed by Lissa Alexander for American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine's 2014 Quilt Along. It is another one of my personal quilts, so I can tell you a little about what I was planning as I found fabrics, pieced the blocks, and finally chose a quilting pattern.

2014 APQ Quilt Along by Ad Astra Quiting

I wrote about this project a bit on my last blog before starting my business. One thing I shared was how beautiful I thought the quilt pattern was and how I loved the super scrappy version of the quilt which used so many different fabrics. I chose to mimic the original quilt as closely as I could without losing my mind. I sought a variety of low volume fabrics and even purchased new red, pink, blue, and green fabrics to help round out my stash to better match the palette of the original quilt. Something about this quilt felt like it would become an heirloom quilt in my family, and I wanted it to be as lovely as possible for my future children and grand-children.

2014 APQ Quilt Along by Ad Astra Quilting

Each block contains over 100 pieces and the quilt is made up of twenty blocks plus sashing and nine patch cornerstones. It was the most intricate piecing I had ever taken on, and having mostly made improv. and sampler quilts I was nervous that I would grow bored piecing the same blocks over and over. But in the end, it was the small changes in the low-volume fabrics, the careful arrangement to avoid having the same fabrics side by side that made it interesting. Not to mention how beautifully different each block looked due to the focal colors. 

2014 APQ Quilt Along by Ad Astra Quiting

As the quilt came together, I began thinking about my quilting pattern early on. I searched to see how others had chosen to quilt theirs, and found Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms finished quilt. Camille had used an edge to edge Orange Peel pattern (quilted by Abby). The simplicity of the quilting is really lovely and to me, that simplicity keeps this stitch pattern on the edge between traditional and modern quilting -- making it perfect for this quilt.  I chose the orange peel pattern and quilted it with Superior So Fine #50 using a poly cotton blended batting by Pellon to achieve blending stitches and a soft lofted appearance.

2014 APQ Quilt Along by Ad Astra Quilting

This quilt is honestly too lovely. I joke that because I don't have any children, I can say with absolutely no guilt that this is the most beautiful thing I have ever made. It is my pride and joy. It will be an heirloom quilt for future generations.

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