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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Three Watermelons and a Pomegranate

Hi everyone! Time to show off our July-August progress on the Summer Porch , P2, sewalong. Hard to believe it is almost the third Monday of August, our official sharing date. Summer is changing now, it's much hotter, the light is dense and tired, the sun is setting earlier--though thankfully not really early. Some ad I saw said "44 more days of summer!!", which sounds quite nice.

This month our blocks were the Watermelons, how perfect for midsummer.

Mo and I sew diligently every afternoon.

This is my sewing box, my dad made it for me.

The cherrywood came from the perimeter of our Johnny Appleseed orchard where we lived when I was a tiny girl. My dad had to cut some of the biggest trees, and had the logs cut into furniture boards, which he used for many years. Native cherry and black walnut were two of his favorite woods. He made me this c. 1780 Chippendale-style box with heart cutouts. Daddy was baffled by my love of heart motifs but he did this anyway.  Something I treasure. [It's actually a writing box, but now that I no longer write letters home twice a week, I use it for my sewing.]

The Watermelons were harder than they look! Despite using freezer paper templates the fabrics tended to stretch and grow. And--big curves, lotta points. Though they are maybe not as crooked as my photos seem to show.

Instaed of sewing many little black seeds, I used fabrics to convey ''watermelon''.

I threw in the two Moon spacer blocks, since they were part of the pattern page.

And this is my first Ohio Sampler block, a pomegranate or as it is embroidered, a Love Apple.

Again, more challenging than expected. I think I thought there would be three ovals, set one atop another. But NO. These are, again, crescents, with many converging points. I enjoyed working on something new.

Today as I dipped into the pool, the big clouds suddenly filled the sky. Lightning made me cut my pool time short, though the storm never came.

Mo enjoys storms. He looks everywhere to see WHAT is making that funny noise?!

Lori will have a post with more Watermelon blocks, on Monday. I'll add a   link then. It's always fun to see everyone's versions.HERE



gone to the beach.

PS my morning glories are blooming! I expected traditional Heavenly Blues, but these are the sweetest pale shell pink.

So pretty...



  1. I love the watermelon blocks, the seed print was a great idea. And the pomegranate block came out really good. I like it more than I thought I would, but like you, I would have expected it to be layered!

    Too bad the storm interrupted your pool time, but the cloud pictures are cool. The glories are pretty, love the pale pink.

  2. Love the blocks!! Beautiful and I love the print idea too for the seeds :)

    Morning Glory's are one of my favorite flowers. <3

    1. I too love Morning Glories, these were called Burpee "Heirloom", may be some deep purpley ones too. The heat is hard on them , and the wind, on my deck.

  3. I REALLY like the pomegranate, too cute. The watermelon blocks are no slouches either. Fun to see what you're keeping busy with.

    Is it humid your way? Family in MD are all complaining of high humidity, and high temperatures. My cousin said that the 'feels like' temperature was 87,000 degrees a couple of days ago, lol. Hope you're back in the pool.

    The nieces are here. Having lots of fun and keeping busy. I need a nap ;)

    Thanks for the post, they always brighten my day!


    1. Oh, and I meant to also say that I don't think I have ever seen Morning Glorys like that before, pretty fun!

    2. Hi Kel! The moring glory envelope calls them Burpee"Heirloom". I love the pale pink too. Today there were a couple deep puprle w rose lines, have to try to get a picture.

      It's humid here but then it s almost lways humid here, right next to the ocean. Sadly I am inddors most of the day, because I do love being out in the summer air. You and the nieces have fun! Tell me all about it!?

  4. What a great box! Oh how you must cherish it. I have a dry sink my step father made me and I just love it. We are having very hot weather this weekend. I am hiding out with the Olympics. :) Have a great week! Kit

  5. I love your cherry tray/box. Wonderful it is a family piece. Nice to see you are feeling better.

  6. Love the fabrics you used for your watermelons. I love the first block for your Ohio Sampler. I made it and that block was one of my favorites. Hugs

  7. What a treasure, the sewing box your dad made. It's so nice when something beloved like that can be used and then over time it develops a patina and memories to go along with the object. Good watermelon fabric!

  8. Love your watermelon seed fabric--so fun! I think there was something wrong with the templates--seems everyone had issues with fitting them on the background. Morning Glories are one of my favorite flowers--I don't think I've seen them in that light color before--very pretty!

  9. Great fabric you used on the watermelons!! Love the pomegranate too.

  10. I love the fabric and the motifs! And they say (whoever they are) that if something looks simple, it isn't. If it looks hard, well, it's darned near impossible!

    You do your work with such care! (Just like the box your dad made for you!)

    Smooches to you and Mo,



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