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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The watermelon quilt

When I first saw this quilt on the cover of Fons & Porter's magazine, I wasn't crazy about it. I had a couple emails with Thelma at Cupcakes and Daisies and she mentioned possibly making this quilt herself. That was all I needed; if Thelma thinks a pattern is a good one to make, then I'd better get my fabric ready and join her. Besides, years ago I had bought a piece of red fabric with little watermelon seed print. I remembered buying it to make a watermelon quilt, but for the life of me I couldn't find the pattern in my stash. Ever have this happen to you?

By the time I decided to sew this quilt top, the magazine was sold out in my area. I sent a email to my quilt group, and both NancyP and NancyZ brought their copies to the next meeting. What are friends for?!

I love how this turned out; and once it is quilted, it will be one of my favorite summer quilts.

21 comments:

Elizabethd said...

What a striking quilt, absolutely lovely!

Thelma said...

Mary, your watermelon quilt is a stunner! How perfect to showcase this quilt outside, it really fits in with its summer surroundings!

A la Mode took up my whole summer, my watermelon quilt is going to have to wait for next summer! But seeing yours really motivates me to keep it on my To Do list!

Screen Door said...

Prettier than the picture I say....
I can't decide whether the nine patch blocks or the watermelon blocks are my favorite....This one is a keeper...

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I absolutely love it! Watermelons always make me think of you. And cherries. :)

Dolores said...

Ahhhhhh...A happy, beautiful and delicious looking quilt...

Laura said...

What a beautiful quilt! I've always wanted to learn to quilt. Is it never too late to learn? :) I'll be fifty this fall...

Deb said...

I remember seeing this in the magazine. It came out wonderful. I wasn't really attracted to it either when I first saw it, but seeing a real finished product does certainly put a spark in me! Love it!

Sue said...

Oh Mary, it is so adorable!! I love it!! Great color combos too:)

I love the house in the background. Is that yours? So beautiful!!

At Home With Amy said...

Watermelons don't normally excite me much but this quilt is beautiful. So glad you chose to make it Mary. Love it!
Hugs,
AMY

Donna said...

Mary I love your watermelon quilt! I saw it on the cover of Fons and Porter and maybe next summer I will make it! You took the pic in the perfect setting!
Hugs,
Donna

Sara said...

That is a really pretty quilt...I like it - and you did a very nice job.

elizabeth said...

Thanks for your kind remarks on my blog about my old blue dresser. I love your quilts Mary. You are so talented!
Elizabeth
http://www.justfollowingjesus.com

Rural Revival said...

Mary, It's beautiful! I love the colours and the whimsical feel. Perfect for summer, what a treat!

Sewn With Grace said...

Oh I just love it! It really is a great design and I love your fabric choices. Did you hand sew or machine sew the seeds? They are so small. I'm guessing they were fused on? Sorry for all the questions. Great job!

Debbie said...

Hey Mary! I'm trying to find some time to visit everyone since I've been out of commission for a little bit. LOVE the watermelon quilt! I don't know why you didn't want to do this one; it's awesome! Also, Marla's story is touching, and please let her know that I am equally proud of her strength and tenacity. Have a great weekend, friend!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I think you should have a giveaway with that as the prize and pick my name. Sound good?? I don't know why but pictures of watermelons make me so happy, I guess because of summer. GREAT job ~ ♥

Pokey said...

Oh, this is a wonderful tribute to summer! "Ode to the Great Red Melon!"
:-}pokeygogisted

Barb said...

What a sweet quilt, yours is adorable, thank you for sharing the picture with us! It is interesting how a picture of a quilt will grow on us, and when we do decide "we are ready to sew" then we can't seem to locate the pattern...you did good! Have a great weekend, it looks like it is so pretty outside...I need to take a walk down the driveway for my newspaper Blessing sent your way from my part of PA!

Cora said...

Wow...it is beautiful!

Angie Berry said...

Mary, it's beautiful!! That is most definitely a great summer quilt!

Karen said...

I really like the watermelon quilt blocks. Wouldn't mind making one myself.