This is a traditional applique pattern called orange peel. Because this is the yellow month, we should probably be calling it the lemon peel. There are SO many ways to prepare a block for applique. Enthusiasts will swear by a particular method, but to be honest, it is all a matter of taste. I’m going to walk through a method today for freezer paper and glue stick. Next time I think I will give back basting a try. Feel free to use the method that works best for you. Please leave a comment with your favorite method to give everyone an idea of some of the other choices.
First, print out the lemon peel template. I used the very high tech method of finding a plate to trace around in order to make this template. A dinner plate made a skinnier peel while a saucer made a wider peel. I wanted to make a template that would fill most of the diagonal of the background square while still leaving room for the seam allowance. I just did trial and error until I found something that seemed to be the a nice size. Hopefully you will just be able to print and go.
After printing out your template, you will need to transfer it to freezer paper. You can trace it onto the non shiny side with a pencil, or just rough cut the pattern and staple it to a piece of freezer paper. This method works really well if you are making multiple templates. For the sampler, we will just need one, but you might want to make more blocks later. This is such a great carry along project.
Place the shiny side of the template down onto the right side of our fabric and iron it. The wax will stick temporarily to the fabric making it stick magically.
Now that the applique is prepped, you can peel the freezer paper away. This template may be reused several times if you are making multiple blocks.
Confession time. I haven't finished the handwork on my yellow block yet. Here is a red version that I made for practice over winter break. Just take your finished block to a sink and give it a quilt dunk to remove the glue. Feel free to remove the background fabric from behind the lemon peel if you think you might be hand quilting the sampler quilt at some point in the future.
This block should be set straight and will be the last of the yellow sampler blocks.