Friday, August 9, 2019

Watermelon Delight

Wrapping up my celebration of summer with a new quilt pattern, Watermelon Delight!

Watermelon Delight by QuiltFabrication

This is my second creation with watermelon wedges, with the first being the Watermelon Twist table runneralso just as beautiful.

Watermelon Twist by QuiltFabrication

With Watermelon Delight, I envisioned a watermelon themed picnic quilt, 

Watermelon Delight by QuiltFabrication

full of a wave of watermelon slices in the border, ready to be picked off and eaten! And there's more watermelon to enjoy here, as these slices are slightly bigger than those in Watermelon Twist. The Watermelon Delight pattern has detailed instructions for making these bigger slices to form this undulating border. The pattern is also geared toward the intermediate quilter, as quilting experience is a must.

Watermelon slice border on Watermelon Delight

There's also the idea of watermelon fruit in the center, plus a few seeds of course.

Watermelon Delight center with seeds

And there's even red gingham on the back, adding more to the picnic feel.

Watermelon Delight backside

Quilting involved stitch-in-the-ditch around each watermelon slice, then stippling in each to outline the small seeds.

Watermelon Delight quilting closeup

The white background has the custom quilted pantograph, Pretty Paisleys, 

custom quilted Pretty Paisleys

which means the pantograph is not quilted through the slices, but around them. I blocked out portions of the pantograph with wedge shaped scrap paper, just as in my Pantographs and custom quilting tutorial. And yes, that took a lot of time, but I'm happy with the result.

pretty paisleys pantograph

And the watermelon fruit center and outer border is stipple quilted around the watermelons of the print. That way, the print isn't muted by the black thread. Plus, no use putting a fancy design on black fabric when it's going to be hard to see it. Ah, the curse of black fabric!

stipple quilting around in the watermelon print

Now that Watermelon Delight is finished, 

Watermelon Delight quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'm ready for a little outing this weekend, with a basket full of wine, cheese, a baguette, and of course, watermelon! Want to join me?

Happy Quilting!

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  1. What a fun border that makes, the watermelon are just beckoning me:)

  2. all of those designs turned out really well.

  3. I love this quilt! You make the cutest designs.. And that custom panto quilting is super impressive.

  4. This is adorable. I love the triangle watermelon seeds and the way the rind winds around in the border. Beautiful!

  5. That is super darling! Congratulations on a successful design.

  6. You are just toooooo good! This one is just beautiful!

  7. Sure do want to join you! I have not had any watermelon yet this summer. I am crazy about your patterns and your quilts.

  8. Those are wonderful patterns - so perfect for this time of year! Your watermelon blocks look good enough to eat! :)

  9. Hi Susan! Thank you so much for linking up. That backing fabric!!! Could it BE any more perfect for this project that shouts summertime?! I know that quilting pattern took a bit of time, but it certainly turned out fabulous. I hope the picnic on the newly finished quilt was fun - wine, cheese, baguette and watermelon sounds wonderful to me. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Your watermelon projects are adorable! We haven't been able to find good watermelon this year for some reason. I wonder if the seedless varieties sacrifice flavor for convenience somehow?

  11. Great tip for blocking out the panto. What is it about gingham that screams picnic? I don't know because it's not like it ever actually featured on any of our picnics but it still sure does... perhaps it is conditioning from children's book illustrations. Anyway, a beautiful finish and I hope that it gets lots of picnic-y action before your summer is over.


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