Recently I have been experimenting with different options to make the Orange Peel block. I have settled on doing needle turn applique, for a nice hand work project to devote myself to this winter. While I was playing with different applique methods, I saw this template set on the Baycreek Quilting Templates website.
They call the set "FLower Petals", and offer it in three sizes- 8", 12" and 16". I ordered the 8" set for $15. It came a week or so ago but I've been too busy with trips to the pumpkin patch and working to test it out. Yesterday was the day and I cut out some scraps and stitched a block together. Here's what I think--
I had some issues with cutting around the template. I think if I had something on the underside of the template to make it not slip, that issue would be solved. Also, I have heard that using a smaller rotary blade makes cutting curves easier. All I have is the 45s that fit my cutter, so I will have to try the smaller ones at some point in the future and see if that makes a difference.
I folded my "peel" to mark the center point, and did the same with the white background units. I put a pin in the fabric when I lined up the two center points. Then I just started at the top and stitched the length of the "peel". No problems at all. It came out fine, with a quarter inch seam allowance at both tips.
And you know what? It was fast! Much faster than needleturn, or any of the other applique techniques. Except for fusible raw edge machine applique, that might be a teensy bit faster.
All in all, I liked using the templates. And if you are not an applique person, but love the look of this block, the templates might be just what you are looking for.