Watermelon Plate is a simple, traditionally-pieced, geometric block featuring a secondary pattern when tiled. It goes together fast and I'm showing it in two quilt layouts.
I chose to use Coral, Chartreuse, White and Lapis Blue for my block. You'll need a fat eighth of each color.
- Fabric A (Coral): Cut (1) 4.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangle.
- Fabric B (Chartreuse): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
- Fabric C (White): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
- Fabric D (Lapis Blue): Cut (4) 4.5-inch squares.
Sew all seams with an accurate 1/4" seam allowance. My seams are pressed open, using a shortened stitch length of 2.0.
Step 1: Piece together C + B + A + B + C to create a 12.5-inch square striped unit. Press all seams.
Step 2: Mark each square (D) with a line on the diagonal.
Step 3: Attach each square (D) to a corner of the pieced square from step 1 by stitching on the marked line.
Step 4 (optional): Sew a second line of stitching 1/2-inch from your first to the side toward the corner. This will create a bonus HST unit that can be used in a border treatment for this quilt or for another project. (Quilting tip: Whenever I am attaching a square to a square/rectangle in this way, I sew the second line of stitching before trimming my fabrics. This alleviates sewing bias edges together later to use the leftover triangles.)
Step 5: Trim excess fabric. Cut 1/4-inch (toward the corner) from your first/marked line of stitching (or between two lines of stitching if you did step 4, shown below). Press seams.
Option 1: Straight set of blocks.
Option 2: Straight set of blocks, alternating horizontal and vertical placement.
Edit: I'd love to see project if you use my block. You can use #watermelonplateblock on IG. :-)
Fabri-Quilt provided fat eighths of their Prairie Cloth Solids of each color from the Watermelon Summer color palette (Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and White) to the over 60 bloggers participating in this week's blog hop. Each blogger has designed a 12" x 12" (finished) block to share with you. Our finished blocks will be put together by our hosts to create at least three charity quilts. Please check out today's other hoppers:
Josi @Avocado Quilts
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Cristy @Love You Sew
Shelly @The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy & Opal
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Adrian @Making It – Family Food Quilts Crafts
Julie @Pink Doxies
Sarah @123 Quilt
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Carrie @The Zen Quilter
Thanks to our blog hop hosts for organizing. They are linking to each day's participants. And they are each offering a Fabri-Quilt giveaway. Please visit them.
Monday, August 31 – Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl
Tuesday, September 1 – Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Wednesday, September 2 – Stephanie of Late Night Quilter
Thursday, September 3 – Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
This is pretty cool. I like the idea to double stitch the corner to create bonus pieces for another project!
Thanks, Jenn. Can you just imagine how fun it would be to be playing with layouts for dozens of those little HSTs? :-)
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
I personally really like the alternating layout, but I can envision some fun quilting on the straight layout as well. I think your block looks just like a large slice of watermelon on a plate, by the way. :)
Thank you, Yvonne. The alternating layout is my favorite, too.
Brilliant idea about creating your HST as you go! I also love that it actually does look like a slice of watermelon on your plate!
Thank you, Julie. Now I really want to make a bunch of the blocks so I have a ton of the HSTs to play around with. :-)
This is a very nice bold block Sarah I can see it in a quilt with one or two vertical rows of blocks surrounded by lapis blue.
Oh, that sounds fun! Thanks for visiting, Lisa.
Love this, Sarah! The possibilities for variation really make this block exciting!
Thank you, Kim. I keep thinking of other variations that would be possible.
That's such a fun block! It would make a really interesting secondary design when set on-point too!
Oh! Thanks for the idea. I didn't even think about setting on point. I'll have to play with that layout as well. Thanks for visiting, Leanne.
Great block. I like the interest of the second layout.
So do I! Thanks for visiting, Cindy.
Sarah, I love how a simple block can look awesome in combination with many more of the same block. The alternating vertical and horizonal placement looks so cool, and I could see me making a quilt with this design. Did you use EQ7 to create Option 1 and 2? I've only seen it online and have thought I might want to purchase it to experiment with quilt design down the road. Take care, Mary.
Thank you, Mary. I did use EQ7 to make the layout designs. I haven't used EQ7 very much. I don't find it very intuitive and haven't spent enough time to learn it. (I need to find some time to watch EQ7 tutorial videos.) I'm encouraged by the fact that people who love it, love it.
Perfect name for this block! What a fun design too! Bonus HST's are always a plus! Great tutorial Sarah!
Thank you, Jayne.
Very nice! I love the name of the block. Seeing the chartreuse with the coral in the middle makes me think of a slice of watermelon..yum. Great job on your tutorial.
Thank you, Tish.
Diana @ Red Delicious Life
I just love the second layout. Sometimes it's the simple blocks that have the most impact when laid out in a quilt. Great job.
My initial sketch had the alternating layout. That's what kept drawing me back to this design. Thanks for visiting, Diana.
This is such an adorable block- it is so charming and summer-y! I particularly like the tumbling effect that you achieve in the second layout.
Thank you, Cassandra. That's the version that I'd like to use to make a large quilt. (We'll see when I have time. ;-))
Sharla @ Thistle Thicket Studio
Nice tutorial, perfect name! It would be fun to combine your block with some other blocks on the blog hop to see what secondary designs they would create.
Oh, that's an interesting idea. I'll have to keep that in mind while I'm surfing around to the other tutorials. There's so much good stuff, but I've only had a chance to do a quick pass through day 1 so far.
Sarah... this is such a great modern, watermelon block. I love the layout suggestions you provided. I've been using that trick for extra half square triangles, it's a great way to have future options and not waste fabric.
I have quite a few HSTs in my misc. blocks and bits bin. :-) I think a big pile of these HSTs would be fun to play around with since they have a more interesting graphic design than a regular HST. Thanks for visiting, Stephanie.
Those make a very interesting group of possibilities!
Thanks for visiting, Susan.
Great block! I love the name too! Either layout would looked awesome with lots of FMQ. Great work and tutorial!
Thank you, Silvia. I don't use a lot of solids, but I'm really tempted so I can just go nuts with some free motion quilting.
Love your block and the tutorial. I like both quilt layouts.
Thanks, Margo. I want to play with some other color ways and perhaps mixing two different blocks within one project.
Sarah, well done. I could really see myself making this square. And I loved the tip about the second seam. A great idea
Thanks, Helen. There's such a great variety of blocks in the hop. Something for everyone. I like that this is a fast one. And for a bigger project you could strip piece to make the 5-stripe units. Even faster! :-)
Nice tip on the extra HSTs! I love the 2nd option for the quilt layout...it has lots of movement.
That one is my favorite, too. Thank you for visiting!
Very nice! A great take on a classic block and your tutorial is very well written and clear.
Thank you, Cheryl.
You are so clever. The watermelon bundle is perfect for your block. I could eat it right off the plate.
Hee hee. Thanks, Wanda.
Very nice. This will work well with both solids and prints. I like the idea of showcasing prints in the large middle sections. The additional half-square triangles are a bonus!
Thank you, Dena. Now my trouble is to decide what fabrics to use to make a whole quilt of them!
Anja @ Anja Quilts
An awesome block. Great job!
Thank you, Anja.
Great block Sarah! This would be fun to play with prints with too, especially in that middle band. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Terri Ann. Once I find some time I'll have to pull some fabrics to play with. I wonder about a half-sized block for making a mini quilt, too. :-)
This is a great new block, Sarah! I'm a beginner and I think even I could do a pretty decent job of sewing it--thanks to your fine directions. I really like Option 2 with all movement in it! Congrats on being recognized for this hop--a real honor :)
Thank you, Karen. It's totally doable for a beginner. Option 2 is my favorite, too. I'm thinking about designing a companion block to be able to create more layout options. :-) Thanks for visiting!
Nice block Sarah. Thank you very much for the great tutorial.
Thank you and you are welcome! I hope to have more tutorials and patterns ready soon.