It’s so exciting to have Lynette Jensen’s projects available to us every month, like the table quilt pattern below — the perfect summer quilt. It’s also exciting to have her tell us about them in her own words. Here is what Lynette has to say about the July Thimbleberries Project of the Month!
We are heading for the heart of the summer….picnics, family reunions, camping, cabin stays and summer entertaining. And, is there anything that says summer more than watermelon?
In the north country, we wait for it all winter and spring. And then when it arrives in our stores and markets, it is in abundance.
The Watermelon Time table quilt pattern is so bright and fresh and seems to hint that a picnic is about to happen as soon as you put it on your table.
PROJET TIP: If you like, you can also make watermelon placemats by making just the watermelon quilt blocks and adding a 1½”-wide cream border on all four sides of the watermelon center. I have done so for my table and they certainly are fun to use all summer as placemats or as a small mat under a serving bowl or vase of flowers.
In each kit, you’ll find a note from me, and in the Watermelon Time note, a light Watermelon salad recipe is included. My mouth is watering just writing about it.
This table quilt pattern features a center made with Hourglass quilt blocks. The Hourglass block has long been a mainstay in quiltmaking and is always a nice design element. Simply turning the block changes the resulting design in an instant. In this case, it is a nice contrast to the large, bold block of color that makes up the watermelon slice.
There are many tools available for cutting and constructing Hourglass blocks, but the instructions in the Watermelon Time runner do not require another tool. The instructions also result in a very accurate block that creates straight of grain outside edges. This is a very important benefit as it makes the block more stable and general piecing more accurate.
HOURGLASS CONSTRUCTION TIP: Whenever you layer two pieces of fabric together (as with the square for the Hourglass block), if you press them together, they will stick together a bit which makes marking and cutting easier and more accurate. It is a extra step, but one that is worthwhile because it makes the next steps more accurate. Then, the whole project goes together with ease, making this table runner as much fun to make as it is to display.
Doesn’t this project look lovely? It’s perfect for a summer quilt to liven up a kitchen table or an entryway table. Take a look at the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club to see what other projects await you!