Mini Orange Peel Quilt

By: Christine Ting from
Mini Orange Peel Quilt
Mini Orange Peel Quilt

"This mini orange-peel a.k.a. bird-seed quilt is ideal for those who want to sew their first quilt but want something with a bit more oomph than the basic squares or half-square triangles.

There is no curved sewing, but it involved some applique process which is easy as long as the right tools and materials are used (they are easily available, promise!). The tutorial features a free template for the "orange peels" and step by step guide with illustrations and photos, that hopefully give readers the confidence to try this out."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteLonger than a weekend

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • (For the squares) 4 fat quarters of solid-coloured fabrics. My selections were dark green, dark brown, dark blue and dark pink.
  • (For the "orange peels") 4 fat quarters of coordinating printed fabrics in shades lighter than the solid-coloured fabrics (light green, light brown, light blue and light pink).
  • Binding strip.


  1. Starch fabrics

  2. Cut fabric squares

  3. Download and cut orange peel cardboard mould

  4. Trace and cut orange peel fabrics

  5. Prepare orange peel pieces for applique (involves folding the edges in to conceal raw edges)

  6. Piece together fabric squares

  7. Draw lines to guide applique of orange peels

  8. Applique orange peels pieces

  9. Draw lines to guide quilting

  10. Baste quilt top, batting and backing fabric.

  11. Quilt.

  12. Bind the raw edges.

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