Tuesday, May 6, 2014


I have wanted to make this quilt since I first saw it on Ahh…Quilting over a year ago.  At that time I asked Cynthia about a pattern but she said she had created the quilt herself on the computer and since it is quite large, didn’t have a pattern that she could share and didn’t know how to write a pattern so everyone would understand. 
Then recently I noticed on her blog that she had gone into the pattern business, and that her Radiant Orchid Quilt had won second place in a quilt challenge.  I love what Cynthia does and was happy to hear that she has decided to go into the pattern design business. 
However, I noticed that the watermelon quilt was not included in those patterns she wrote about.  So I wrote and told her that I loved her patterns but would really like to see a pattern for the watermelon quilt.  Cynthia wrote back that she was creating that pattern and asked if I’d like to be a pattern tester for her.  Naturally, I jumped at the chance. 
And this is what I made!  I loved this pattern and am anxious to get more of Cynthia’s patterns.  She is very thorough, as attested to the 21 pages of directions.  She didn’t leave me guessing, not once.  I think the most difficult part for me was choosing the fabrics for the melon.  My experience with fusing is minimal, and I was concerned about this method of appliqué.  However, after following Cynthia’s easy to follow step-by-step instructions, I was one happy lady.  I love how this quilt looks and I think it was the best way to make this quilt.
Check out Cynthia’s quilts.  The original is here.  And the smaller one that she made from her new pattern can be seen here.  You will note the beautiful quilting on each one.  Above, I quilted my table topper heavily, but I thought that would be best to keep the cloth from blowing away in the wind as I plan to use it on my deck, and at the cottage by the lake. 

Cynthia, I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity.  I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful designs.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:  Val of Val’s Quilting Studio is making a quilt with kids.  She has a link to a tutorial and I thought this would be so much fun to make a quilt with my five-year-old great grandson this summer.  Check it out and have some fun too.

PS:  I'm linking up to Freemotion By The River.  Check it out.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!


Pam @Threading My Way said...

What a fun quilt. Love it!!!

Lynn said...

It looks so summery! Lucky you to be a pattern tester.

Sally Hurley said...

That is a really neat design. Good for you for being persistent. That is a great quilt.

Julia Graber said...

This quilt is an eye-catcher. I love it.

Cynthia said...

This looks awesome! I love how you quilted it and your pictures are great too!! THANK YOU so much for testing it! :)

Connie said...

What a neat quilt and I really love the way you quilted it! The colors are perfect too! Thanks for sharing.
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bobbi said...

Oh goody, thanks so much Cynthia and Caroll--I admired this watermelon before and now I´m printing out my own pattern, can´t wait for summer sewing!
Love your works--happy quilting ladies, and hugs from Germany,

Denice Barker said...

Absolutely says summer! Lucky you, Carol!

Miss Nancy said...

Love this little watermelon table topper. So cute and great for summer. Thank you for sharing and for the links.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Createology said...

This is a beautiful breath of Summer fun. Creative Watermelon Bliss...

LA Paylor said...

what fun! love the way the black is scattered in too.
LeeAnna Paylor

Caffeinated Cotton said...

Thanks for discovering Cynthia and being persistent. your quilt is great

Mama Pea said...

That's neat!

Pat said...

Great quilt.

madebymeinred said...

I saw this last week but didn't get back to tell you how wonderful it is. Great design, colors and quilting.

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