Sunday, August 23, 2015

Watermelon Slice Table Topper

Watermelon Slice and Hello Sunshine Challenge

I was eating a sweet slice of watermelon the other day, and I was reminded of a pattern for a watermelon slice that I saw in the latest issue of  Paper Piecing 1/4 "  digital magazine.  ( issue 6 )

Here's the paper pieced block that I made:

Watermelon Slice     pattern by Janeen at Quilt Art Designs  -  
               in  Paper Piecing 1/4" digital magazine   Issue 6   July- August 2015

Watermelon Slice    Design by Janeen  Paper Piecing 1/4 "  issue 6 { here }

It's a pattern for a 12 inch block, but I chose not to add the bottom section.

As I was deciding how to finish my Watermelon Slice block, I remembered that  there is a summer challenge going on at Quilts My Way blog.   Gosia has a linky party with everyone's challenge projects there to see and admire!  { here }

Hello Sunshine
Summer Challenge at Quilts My Way

The challenge is to make a quilted project, incorporating at least one of the colors from this palette:

Color palette / color palette of 

 shades of pink / shades of orange / shades of blue / shades of yellow
shades of pink / orange / blue / yellow

I found some stash fabrics that reminded me of summertime,  and cut out  some sash strips to surround my watermelon slice block.

I guess these colors and flowers reminded my husband of the 70's and Flower Power times .   He suggested that I quilt the word " Summer" in a balloon font  (aka Hippy Font !)  I like it when he adds to a project.  ( Smiles)

 I got out my special Free Motion Quilting helpers, and went to work figuring out what to quilt.

I think these handy tools helped me "jump in" to try Free Motion Quilting:

Frixion Pen  -       I marked  the word "Summer"  and a few swirls to get me in motion
( it erases when ironed)
Queen Size Supreme Slider-  a piece of flexible  teflon to put over the sewing table to help the fabric slide easier  (it is rolled up in the tube in the picture) 
Fabulous Fabric Glider  by The Gypsy Quilter       helps me grip the fabric and slide it around

I quilted  "SUMMER"  in above the slice of watermelon

I added a flower at  each the corners.  
Heat N Bond lite was ironed on to the back of the flower shape, and ironed on "at" or "near" the corner areas.  (Raw edge applique )
I wanted the table topper  look to be  casual, so they are not placed at "equal" spots.

A flower was fused on , lining up with a  flower that was cut off
 in the inner border fabric   -  see

I'm pretty happy with the free motion quilting.  It's not perfect, but it does add to the table topper.  I enjoyed making the loops and swirls, and learned to loosen up a little. 
Now I have a bright and happy table topper for the summer!

Linking up at:    Hello Sunshine Challenge @  Quilts My Way       and  
                       TGIFF  @ Quokka Quilts       and
                       Paper Piecing Party @  Quilt Art Designs   and
                      Pet Project Show  @  Pink Doxies  and
                     And Sew We Craft Together @ And Sew We Craft  and
                       Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts  and
                           Sew Cute Tuesday @  Blossom Heart Quilts

I'm off to my sewing room!

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing


  1. I adore your summer table topper :) it reminds me that I have some melon in the kitchen that needs to be enjoyed!

  2. This summer table topper is absolutely stunning !! I love paper pieced projects.

  3. Love the watermelon slice and what you've done with it!

  4. that turned out so cute. I really like the way the watermelon rind was sewn. I would say you met the challenge.

  5. Such a sweet design and it looks great with the juicy prints!

  6. I thought your watermelon block was terrific Susie, but then I saw the setting and how you quilted it and went bonkers! I wouldn't have thought to use those fabrics, but they could not say Summertime better! Love how you added the flowers from the border too.

  7. What a great looking table topper!

  8. Gorgeous! Love the way you've stitched SUMMER into the block - and a great small project to practice on too

  9. Such a great summer piece and your FMQ looks wonderful. Your watermelon block is making me very thirsty!!


  10. Looks great! You are very good with all those PP patterns!


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