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Updating Floral View With Appliqued Orange Peels

As the summer moves on and we close in on autumn, the desire to quilt tends to pick up. Soon the yard chores will slack off and indoor time will increase. This is the time to start selecting new or old projects for the coming months -- a time to revisit and review some of the projects you've set aside, to try a new technique you've been wanting to try, or maybe to make a few decisions about all the fabrics that you have been stockpiling. As the new season begins, maybe a plan is in order. A few smaller projects to use the fabrics you already have, that can be completed in a day and possibly used for gifts for the upcoming holiday season, might be called for. Planning ahead could be a good and smart idea.

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The free download pattern for this
Quilter's World update.

Keeping true to my plan to thin out my scraps and stashed fabrics when at all possible, Floral View, our free download pattern for this update, is a great project for those small amounts of fabrics that I've accumulated and stashed away. Candle mats take small amounts of fabrics so they're perfect for stash reduction.

If you'd like to work along with me on this project, download the pattern PDF under the Free Quilting Pattern tab at the top.

At first, I skipped over this pattern thinking it was a lot of work with the curved piecing. Then I really looked at it. The design could be tweaked with a bit of applique and still look pretty much the same as the original. I could use my AccuQuilt Go! and use the Orange Peel die to re-create the curved piecing, and it would remain very similar to the original finished look. I'm always looking for ways to change, update or simplify patterns and techniques. I love to explore new ideas. My decision made, I selected my fabrics and refigured the cutting list. 

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Fabrics selected for this candle mat remake.

Cutting list for My Updated Version of Floral View

From light background fabric: 8 (3 1/2-inch) squares

- 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares; cut both squares on 1 diagonal to make 4 triangles
- 2 (3 1/2 x 14 1/2-inch) rectangles

From pink: 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares; cut both squares on 1 diagonal to make 4 triangles

From small dot print: 2 (1 1/4 x 12 1/2-inch) strips

- 2 (1 1/4 x 14 1/2-inch) strips
- 2 (2 1/4 x fabric width) strips for binding

From dark gray: 4 (3 1/2-inch) squares

From large dot main print: 8 orange-peel-shape pre-fused pieces (see Cutting the Applique Pieces) 

My finished project will measure 14 x 20 inches, just a little bigger than the original Floral View. I replaced all the curved pieced units with 3 1/2-inch squares of the light gray to make it appear similar to the original project once the orange-peel appliques were stitched into place. 

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All the pieces cut out from the revised cutting list along with the fusible web and applique fabric.

Cutting the Applique Pieces

With all the pieces for the candle mat cut out and ready to start, the next step was to cut the substitute applique pieces for the curved piecing. I applied the fusible web to the back of the fabric and proceeded to cut out the eight pieces I needed to complete the candle mat.

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Cutting out the pre-fused orange-peel pieces to be used for the curved pieced look.

Assembling the Candle Mat

Next I pieced, pressed and trimmed the half-square triangle units that are used in the center block of the candle mat. 

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The four pieced half-square triangle units to be used at the corners of the center block of the candle mat.

I laid out the squares and units that make up the center block, minus the orange-peel applique pieces, and then stitched those pieces into rows, making sure that the dark gray squares were in the right places.

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Assembling the rows and making sure the placement is correct.

Next I stitched the rows to complete the center block.

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The center block completed and ready to add the border pieces.

I added the 1 1/4-inch-wide small dot print strips to the top, bottom and sides of the center block and then the 3 1/2-inch light gray strips to the two opposite ends.

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Adding the border strips and the end strips.

The orange-peel replacement appliques were not the exact same size of the curved pieced units, so a few adjustments had to be made. The only real difference in the finished look would be a bit of the light gray showing around the edges of the two ends in between the binding and the applique. Once I fused the appliques into place, I machine-stitched them along the edges using a buttonhole stitch. 

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Project pin-basted and ready to quilt.

I quilted the project using a meandering pattern in and around the appliques. Then, to curve both ends, I trimmed 1/2 inch from the outer orange peel edges to match the shapes. Since the applique pieces were a bit smaller than the curved pieced units in the original pattern, it was necessary to make that adjustment.

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The quilted candle mat top trimmed to shape and ready to add the binding.

Finally, I added the binding and stitched it to the back. Because of the curved edges on the ends you could use a bias-cut binding if you prefer. It would be a bit easier to apply. I, however, used straight binding since I had limited fabric of the color I wanted to use. Sometimes you have to work around a problem to use stashed fabric and scraps. All in all, it worked, and it lies nice and flat. I think it looks just as good as the original, and it was very simple once I figured out the cutting list. 

After really looking at it, I've decided to make a few more and give them to a friend as place mats. The size is perfect to use for that purpose, and I think she would love them. I'll change the colors and stitch up four of them, and then I'll have a great birthday gift for her. I love it when a plan comes together! 

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My finished candle mat.

If you choose to play along with me in these updates I'd love to see your projects. Send a photo of your project to me at Editor@QuiltersWorld.com and you may see your project and story on Facebook or in one of the upcoming updates. 

As the summer moves on and we close in on autumn, the desire to quilt tends to pick up. Soon the yard chores will slack off and indoor time will increase. This is the time to start selecting new or old projects for the coming months -- a time to revisit and review some of the projects you've set aside, to try a new technique you've been wanting to try, or maybe to make a few decisions about all the fabrics that you have been stockpiling. As the new season begins, maybe a plan is in order. A few smaller projects to use the fabrics, that can be completed in a day and possibly used for gifts for the upcoming holiday season, might be called for. Planning ahead could be a good and smart idea.

Click here for larger image
The free download pattern for this
Quilter's World update.

Keeping true to my plan to thin out my scraps and stashed fabrics when at all possible, Floral View, our free download pattern for this update, is a great project for those small amounts of fabrics that I've accumulated and stashed away. Candle mats take small amounts of fabrics so they're perfect for stash reduction.

If you'd like to work along with me on this project, download the pattern PDF under the Free Quilting Pattern tab at the top.

At first, I skipped over this pattern thinking it was a lot of work with the curved piecing. Then I really looked at it. The design could be tweaked with a bit of applique and still look pretty much the same as the original. I could use my AccuQuilt Go! and use the Orange Peel die to re-create the curved piecing, and it would remain very similar to the original finished look. I'm always looking for ways to change, update or simplify patterns and techniques. I love to explore new ideas. My decision made, I selected my fabrics and refigured the cutting list. 

Click here for larger image
Fabrics selected for this candle mat remake.

Cutting list for My Updated Version of Floral View

From light background fabric: 8 (3 1/2-inch) squares

- 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares; cut both squares on 1 diagonal to make 4 triangles
- 2 (3 1/2 x 14 1/2-inch) rectangles

From pink: 2 (3 7/8-inch) squares; cut both squares on 1 diagonal to make 4 triangles

From small dot print: 2 (1 1/4 x 12 1/2-inch) strips

- 2 (1 1/4 x 14 1/2-inch) strips
- 2 (2 1/4 x fabric width) strips for binding

From dark gray: 4 (3 1/2-inch) squares

From large dot main print: 8 orange-peel-shape pre-fused pieces (see Cutting the Applique Pieces) 

My finished project will measure 14 x 20 inches, just a little bigger than the original Floral View. I replaced all the curved pieced units with 3 1/2-inch squares of the light gray to make it appear similar to the original project once the orange-peel appliques were stitched into place. 

Click here for larger image
All the pieces cut out from the revised cutting list along with the fusible web and applique fabric.

Cutting the Applique Pieces

With all the pieces for the candle mat cut out and ready to start, the next step was to cut the substitute applique pieces for the curved piecing. I applied the fusible web to the back of the fabric and proceeded to cut out the eight pieces I needed to complete the candle mat.

Click here for larger image Click here for larger image
Cutting out the pre-fused orange-peel pieces to be used for the curved pieced look.

Assembling the Candle Mat

Next I pieced, pressed and trimmed the half-square triangle units that are used in the center block of the candle mat. 

Click here for larger image
The four pieced half-square triangle units to be used at the corners of the center block of the candle mat.

I laid out the squares and unitsthat make up the center block, minus the orange-peel applique pieces, and then stitched those pieces into rows, making sure that the dark gray squares were in the right places.

Click here for larger image Click here for larger image
Assembling the rows and making sure the placement is correct.

Next I stitched the rows to complete the center block.

Click here for larger image
The center block completed and ready to add the border pieces.

I added the 1 1/4-inch-wide small dot print strips to the top, bottom and sides of the center block and then the 3 1/2-inch light gray strips to the two opposite ends.

Click here for larger image Click here for larger image
Adding the border strips and the end strips.

The orange-peel replacement appliques were not the exact same size of the curved pieced units, so a few adjustments had to be made. The only real difference in the finished look would be a bit of the light gray showing around the edges of the two ends in between the binding and the applique. Once I fused the appliques into place, I machine-stitched them along the edges using a buttonhole stitch. 

Click here for larger image
Project pin-basted and ready to quilt.

I quilted the project using a meandering pattern in and around the appliques. Then, to curve both ends, I trimmed 1/2-inch from the outer orange peel edges to match the shapes. Since the applique pieces were a bit smaller than the curved pieced units in the original pattern, it was necessary to make that adjustment.

Click here for larger image
The quilted candle mat top trimmed to shape and ready to add the binding.

Finally, I added the binding and stitched it to the back. Because of the curved edges on the ends you could use a bias-cut binding if you prefer. It would be a bit easier to apply. I, however, used straight binding since I had limited fabric of the color I wanted to use. Sometimes you have to work around a problem to use stashed fabric and scraps. All in all, it worked and it lies nice and flat. I think it looks just as good as the original, and it was very simple once I figured out the cutting list. 

After really looking at it, I've decided to make a few more, but give them to a friend as place mats. The size is perfect to use for that purpose, and I think she would love them. I'll change the colors and stitch up four of them, and then I'll have a great birthday gift for her. I love it when a plan comes together! 

Click here for larger image
My finished candle mat.

If you choose to play along with me in these updates I'd love to see your projects. Send a photo of your project to me at Editor@QuiltersWorld.com and you may see your project and story on Facebook or in one of the upcoming updates. 

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