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WATERMELONS!! I think if enough of us shout those words it will magically become summer. Now...SHOUT!
Did you do it? You did?? haha what a weirdo 😉
Maybe our second best option is to make a watermelon quilt that we can cozy up with, close our eyes, and dream of chirping crickets, warm breezes and the cool CRUNCH of a fresh slice of melon. mmmmm… Sounds like a pretty great second option.
From a girl who's felt up A LOT of fabric, I'm not lie'n when I say this stuff is smooooth like butta! And I promise no one paid me to say that. It's seriously a dream to work with. Rather than go on and on about how soft and creamy this fabric is and how I want to rub it all over my body, you should just buy a swatch and feel for yourself. You'll be rubbing it all over soon enough too.
The colors from this Mod Basics 3 line were so cute and happy, I had to try my best to make an equally happy quilt. AND can you think of a happier fruit?
Did someone say peach? sigh...ok, you may have me there, but I'd say a watermelon is at least one of the top 3 cutest and happiest in the fruit family. (Stop thinking of cuter fruit!)
Now that I've got watermelon on the brain, have you ever tried a watermelon cocktail? I know I'm switching lanes here a bit, but this one is seriously scrumptious. Unless you don't like watermelons...or limes...or ginger ale...or cocktails. BUT if you like all of those things, are you in for a treat!
- 4 Cups Watermelon, Cubed
- 2 Limes
- 1⅓ Cups Ginger Ale
- 3 Oz Gin (Optional)
- Additional Lime Wedges For Garnish, If desired
If those ingredients have you smack'n your lips, you can find the full recipe here.
Sewing Curves – You Can Do It!
I'm reining it in, cause I know why you came – for the free pattern. So let's get to it. Many of you will see this watermelon pattern and think, "Dang. Curves. I guess I won't be making this quilt."
Noooooo! Banish the thought!
If you've never sewn curves before, it's true, they can be super scary. But before you count yourself out, take a look at my quick video tutorial on how to sew curves and you'll be jump'n for joy at how easy it really is!!
This video specifically uses my Propeller pattern, however, the technique remains the same for sewing all curves. No pins or special tools are involved and it really is as simple as guiding fabric through your machine.
For a totally FREE PDF download of the Mod Melons Quilt Pattern, visit this link. This pattern was designed to use my sewing curves technique. If you try pinning, you may actually have more frustrating results.
The last point I'll add about this pattern is that the seeds are optional. If appliqué does not appeal to you, just skip it. This pattern should be fun and whimsical and if appliquéing tiny seeds onto your melons is going to be a dark cloud over the experience, those melons can just be seedless. They're my favorite kind of watermelons anyway. 😉
If you are on Instagram, use the hashtag #ModMelonsQuilt so we can all enjoy your beeeutiful quilt! Good luck and happy melon-ing!