This is an applique block. The melons are very narrow and pointier than the previous ones I have appliqued on this quilt. But the hardest part was the centre piece which I decided to reverse applique. Maybe not the best idea.
Anyway, the first thing I did was to cut a 5 1/2 in square, 1/2 larger than the block size.
I folded the square twice to find the middle.
I pinned the middle.
And then I cut the patter for the centre on to freezer paper.
And ironed it to the back of the fabric.
I made cut through the centre on the diagonal. I’m wondering if I should have removed some of the corners to avoid large seams.
I then put a piece of white fabric on top.
I turned it around pinned the three layers together and tried to fold the fabric around the edges of the freezer paper. This was hard because the curve was barely there.
I then started to stitch around. The corners were very difficult.
It may not be very obvious on the photo but the corners have some thread showing from the edges.
I trimmed the excess fabric off.
Then I prepared the melons. These melons are quite narrow and therefore more pointy than the previous melons I’ve done for this quilt.
I carefully finger pressed the edges after cutting around the shape leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.
I placed the melons touching the edges of the centre corners.
I used a needle to help me find the corner.
And I appliqued the piece carefully.
This is the end result.
Then I trimmed the piece to 5 inch square.
One more block to go and row B is done! I really thought this row was harder than row A but it was not true. It actually turned out to be easier. Or maybe my skills have improved!
See you next week.
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.