When friends of ours welcomed their baby girl Emily in the middle of summer that’s where my thoughts went – making a watermelon themed quilt for her seemed perfect.
You might remember the set of fruity coasters I designed last summer? I took the watermelon drunkard’s path template from the coaster pattern and sized it up a good bit. The sewn up and trimmed drunkard’s path blocks now finished at 7 1/2” square. Like with the coasters I decided to include quarter slices of a melon (1 drunkard’s path), ‘half melons’ (2 drunkard’s paths combined) and three quarter slices (3 drunkard’s paths combined).
The different melon shapes are wildly scattered across the aqua hued background. I wanted to capture the sweet and fun feeling of a summer. Like eating slices watermelons by the pool.
The backing I once again pulled from my stash. I sometimes buy sale fabric by the yardage with the intention of some day using it as a backing, without having a specific project in mind. I thought the colour fit nicely with the reds I had already used. In general for light coloured quilt tops I prefer darker backings.I had already cut a square from the fabric, so I had to add a patch to square it up. An additional strip was needed to make it big enough.
Do you notice that the backing looks almost like a folded over sheet of paper? To stay with the theme I used the College Ruled stripe fabric from Heather Givans’ Paper Obsessed collection. The stripes are printed on the bias, and thus make for an awesome fake bias binding look.
pattern: my own | finished size: 39 x 46” | batting: warm & natural | quilting: straight line and echo quilting around the drunkard’s paths | backing: forgot to check, can you identify it?
I think Lupa wanted to add the Milly Melon quilt to her collection of puppy blankets. No such luck! Since finishing and photographing I have gifted it to Emily and her parents. They appreciated the handwork and thought I put into it very much, I love when that’s the case.
This post is linked to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at my Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at Georgia Girl Quilts and Finish It up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts