Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern

Conjure up memories of sunny summer days with the Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging. Traditional piecing techniques and hand quilting create a feeling of old-fashioned charm.

Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
The Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging looks good enough to eat.

You'll Need:

  • 2/3 yard cream print
  • 1/4 yard black print for crow
  • 1/2 yard black print for border
  • 1/8 yard pink and black print
  • 5/8 yard dark pink print
  • 1/4 yard green print
  • 1/2 yard white print for border
  • 1/8 yard white-on-white print
  • 4-inch square yellow print
  • 3-inch square dark brown print
  • 1/2 yard backing fabric
  • 40 X 18-inch piece low-loft batting
  • 27 small black or dark brown buttons for watermelon seeds
  • 1 round black button for crow's eye
  • White thread
  • Black thread

Gather the materials listed above, then check out the next sections for tips on how to make this country quilt. We'll start by assembling the watermelon blocks.

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How to Make Watermelon Blocks

While the steps to this quilt are a bit time consuming, you'll be glad you took the time to create this delightful design.

To make the watermelon blocks:

  1. Start by assembling watermelon blocks. From cream print, cut one 1 X 12-inch strip, one 1 X 45-inch strip, and six 2 X 21/2-inch rectangles. From white-on-white, cut one 1 X 12-inch strip and one 1 X 45-inch strip. From pink and black print, cut two 1 X 45-inch strips and one 11/2 X 45-inch strip. From dark pink, cut two 1 X 45-inch strips. From green, cut one 11/2 X 45-inch strip, one 11/2 X 12-inch strip, and one 1 X 45-inch strip. These quantities will make 3 watermelon blocks.

  2. Stitch together one 1 X 45-inch dark pink strip, one 1 X 45-inch white-on-white strip, and one 11/2 X 45-inch green strip lengthwise with white-on-white in middle. Press away from center.

  3. Turn and cut sewn strip into three 5-inch lengths, six 31/2-inch lengths, and six 11/2-inch lengths. These will be A units.

  4. Stitch together one 1 X 12-inch white-on-white strip, one 11/2 X 12-inch green strip, and one 1 X 12-inch cream strip lengthwise with green in middle. Press toward center. Turn and cut sewn strip into six 11/2-inch lengths. These will be B units.

  5. From pink and black 1 X 45-inch strips, cut three 41/2-inch lengths, three 1-inch lengths, three 5-inch lengths, three 11/2-inch lengths, and three 4-inch lengths. From pink and black 11/2 X 45-inch strip, cut three 7-inch lengths and three 6-inch lengths. From cream 1 X 45-inch strip, cut three 21/2-inch lengths and fifteen 11/2-inch lengths. From dark pink 1 X 45-inch strip, cut twelve 11/2-inch lengths and three 6-inch lengths. From green 1 X 45-inch strip, cut six 11/2-inch lengths. Follow diagrams to assemble strips, A units, and B units into 3 watermelon blocks. For each watermelon block, assemble pieces in diagram 5a, then pieces in diagram 5b, then pieces in diagram 5c. Finally, stitch all 3 sections together.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Step 5

Move onto the next page to create the crow block.

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How to Make Crow Block

This proud bird is perched in the center of the wall hanging -- a great contrast to the red and green of the watermelon.

Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
Crow Block

To make the crow block:

Assemble crow block in 4 sections. Sections 1 and 2: From cream, cut one 1 X 2-inch rectangle; one 13/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally; one 23/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally; one 21/2 X 61/2-inch rectangle; one 3-inch square; and one 33/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally. From yellow, cut one 23/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally. From black for crow, cut one 13/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally; one 23/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally; one 1 X 2-inch rectangle; one 11/2 X 2-inch rectangle; one 2 X 3-inch rectangle; and one 33/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally. Section 3: From cream, cut one 2 X 21/2-inch rectangle, one 1 X 3-inch rectangle, and one 11/4 X 3-inch rectangle. From black for crow, cut one 21/2 X 41/2-inch rectangle. From dark brown, cut one 11/4 X 3-inch rectangle. Section 4: From cream, cut one 11/2 X 3-inch rectangle; one 2 X 41/2-inch rectangle; and one 47/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally. From black for crow, cut one 1 X 3-inch rectangle and one 47/8-inch square, cut in half diagonally. Checkerboard: From black for border, cut one 11/4 X 22-inch strip. From white for border, cut one 11/4 X 22-inch strip.

Learn how to piece together sections 1-4 of this country quilt on the next page.

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How to Make Sections 1-4

Be sure to use the helpful diagrams in this section to help you complete the quilt sections.

To make sections 1-4:

  1. Assemble section 1. With right sides together, stitch one 13/8-inch cream triangle to one 13/8-inch black triangle along diagonal sides. Press open. Do the same for one 23/8-inch cream and one 23/8-inch yellow triangle. Stitch section 1 together as shown in diagram.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Step 1

  2. Assemble section 2. With right sides together, stitch one 23/8-inch black triangle to one 23/8-inch cream triangle along diagonal sides. Press open. Do the same for one 33/8-inch cream triangle and one 33/8-inch black triangle. Stitch section 2 together as shown in diagram.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Step 2

  3. Assemble section 3. Stitch pieces together as shown in diagram.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Step 3

  4. Assemble section 4. With right sides together, stitch one 47/8-inch black triangle to one 47/8-inch cream triangle along diagonal sides. Press open. Do the same for one 33/8-inch cream and one 33/8-inch black triangle. The 33/8-inch triangles come from sections 1 and 2 cutting (see How to Make Crow Block). Stitch together section 4 as shown in diagram. Press each section in alternating directions (section 1 up, section 2 down, etc.). Stitch together sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 from left to right and press to one side. Finished crow block should measure 11 X 18 inches.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Step 4

Learn how to finish up the quilt on the next page.

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How to Finish Quilt

You're in the home stretch! Piece everything together and add a border to create a wall hanging you can be proud of.

To finish the quilt:

  1. Assemble checkerboard. Stitch black and white strips together lengthwise. Press to dark. Turn and cut into fourteen 11/4-inch sections. Stitch sections together, alternating colors, to create checkerboard pattern.

  2. Assemble sections and inner border. From cream, cut two 11/2 X 11-inch strips and two 2 X 11-inch strips. From dark pink, cut two 11/2 X 11-inch strips and two 11/4 X 341/2-inch strips. Starting at the top, stitch one 11/2 X 11-inch dark pink strip to one 11/2 X 11-inch cream strip lengthwise. Stitch to top of melon block with dark pink at top. Stitch one 2 X 11-inch cream strip to bottom of melon block. Stitch crow block to bottom of melon block plus strip. Stitch checkerboard strip to bottom of crow block. Stitch another melon block to bottom of checkerboard block. Stitch 2 X 11-inch cream strip to bottom of melon block. Stitch last melon block to bottom of melon block plus strip. Stitch 11/2 X 11-inch cream strip to bottom of melon block. Stitch 11/2 X 11-inch dark pink strip to bottom of melon block plus strip. Stitch long dark pink strips to sides of quilt. See finished quilt illustration.

    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern
    ©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
    Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern

  3. Assemble piano key border. Cut six 1 X 45-inch strips from white for border and six 1 X 45-inch strips from black for border. For corner squares, cut four 21/2-inch squares from green. Stitch all black and white strips together lengthwise, alternating colors. Press strips to dark as you stitch them together. Turn and cut into 21/2-inch sections. Stitch sections together end to end, alternating colors. Count off 2 sections of 24 piano keys and stitch to top and bottom of quilt. Strip at top should have white key at left end. Strip at bottom should have black key at left end. Count off 2 sections of 68 piano keys. Stitch corner squares to each end and stitch to sides of quilt. Strip on left should have black key at top. Strip on right should have white key at top. Stay-stitch 1/8 inch away from edge of piano key border to prevent stretching while quilting.

  4. Layer front, batting, and back; baste. With white thread, hand quilt in ditches between borders and blocks. Hand quilt lines on edges of black keys in piano key border and lines in melons, backgrounds, and crow. Hand quilt hearts in green corner squares. With black thread, hand quilt diagonal lines in crow block and crow's beak. To save time or create a different look, machine quilt your designs. Use black thread to stitch round button to crow face and remaining buttons to melons for watermelon seeds. Our buttons were handmade from polymer clay. You may also purchase small buttons to make watermelon seeds. From binding fabric, cut three 31/4 X 45-inch strips. See How to Quilt to stitch binding to quilt.

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