This block looks easier than it is. The most problematic aspect I found was positioning the half melons so that they would all join at the edges.
I paper pieced this block and appliqued the curved part of the half melons.
If you look at Susan Gatewood’s pattern, the photo of the real quilt and the photo of Susan’s block are a bit different to the pattern given.
Freezer paper is the best aid I’ve found so far to do needleturn applique. Freezer paper and patience.
I’m going to show you how I made this block which is not what Susan suggests but this is what I thought would be easier.
Cut your half melon, trace it on to freezer paper, press to the wrong side of the fabric and cut around leaving 1/4 seam allowance.
Start with a white square of fabric as big as the whole paper piece.
Trim off leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.
The next layer will be the half melon.
Pin on each side as per picture below. The two pins indicate the pointy ends of the half melon.
Place the half melon making sure it is placed right side up and making sure each freezer paper pointy end is placed where each pin is.
Then place a stripe of fabric wrong side up.
Stitch all along the line on the other side of the paper.
You will now need to unpick each side so you can do the applique on the sides.
Unpick just enough to be able to turn the fabric in at the edges.
I appliqued the piece then.
And then I stitched what I had unpicked.
Trim off excess fabric.
Put it all together.
And this is it! Not too bad. A bit off on the left side and bottom right pieces but I’m happy with it.
Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns
Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.
See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.