Jacquelynne Steves

Stitched Stuff Spotlight: Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves

Today in the Stitched Stuff Spotlight, I am featuring a quilt called “Amelia.” I made this quilt a couple of years ago with my Apple Blossom Acres fabric line.

I love “Orange Peel” quilt blocks, and I really like the pattern that the green patches make in this quilt. I will tell you a secret- I hate curved piecing! I’ve done a few orange peel block projects by piecing the blocks together, but they were far from perfect, and frankly kind of tedious! But as I said, the Orange Peel is one of my favorite blocks, so…. for this one, I machine appliqued the curved parts of the blocks. So easy!

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves

The green “petals” remind me of little green leaves sprouting on the trees, so I thought this was a good project to feature as we approach Spring (finally!) I called it “Amelia” because it has a soft feminine look, maybe a bit vintage, and “Amelia” seemed fitting.

And because the block has a vintage feel, I think this quilt would be beautiful in 1930’s or antique reproduction fabrics.

AmeliaAntiqueVariation AmeliaRetroVariation

My long-arm quilter echoed the “petal” or “peel” pattern in the blocks, and did a cute vine motif in the border.

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves


I also made a matching pillow with a ruffle edge (oh I love ruffles!) and a covered button in the center (I love covered buttons too….)

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves

I think it makes the guest room look fresh and pretty, don’t you?

Amelia Orange Peel Block Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves

If you’d like to make an “Amelia” quilt and pillow using my machine applique method, you can click here for the paper pattern. You can also get a digital pattern (instant download!) here.

Amelia Quilt by Jacquelynne Steves, orange peel block


This week in the studio, I’m working on a new pattern for my Cottage Charm fabric line. I hope to have the pattern out next month…

Appliqued flower block, Cottage Charm by Jacquelynne Steves

Are there any particular blocks or techniques that you like the look of, but are intimidated to try? Have you found any tricks or shortcuts? Let us know in the comments!

Pin Cushion art illustration by Jacquelynne Steves



  • Posted March 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Your quilt is beautiful, Jacquelynne.

  • Michele T
    Posted March 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh! I love this quilt and the fabric is gorgeous too! Are the leaves raw edges that you appliqued by machine? That would be the way I’d want to do it too!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Michelle, it’s raw-edge machine applique. And I have a tip in the pattern which helps it from being very bulky from all the fusible webbing :)

  • Posted March 25, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I love orange peel quilts, too. I am working on a scrappy one, hand appliquéd.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted March 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      That sounds, lovely, Nita. I like hand applique but just don’t seem to have the patience!

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