I started with the long overdue table topper. I had actually made one. No pictures of that one will be seen. I thought about keeping it for the cats to enjoy, but, no ... I do not want to ever see it again so it has gone to warm the landfill.
I got the original pattern out. It is from the Jul/Aug 2010 issue of Fons and Porter magazine and is called "Veranda Sunrise" Just lovely! Yep... still the one that I wanted to make. But one of the units which in the magazine called for machine-appliqued bias strips. I am just no good at anything beyond the simplest of applique. I am sure there is nothing wrong with the pattern as designed, but I re-designed the "watermelon slice" units to be pieced curves and did them on my machine. I picked watermelons in part because red is the favorite color of the friend for whom I was making the topper. These machine pieced slices of summer came out sew much better for me.
When it came time to think about the backing, I decided that since it would be a few months before picnics and watermelon are enjoyed here in the northeast that I should make a two-sided "Spring Into Summer" table topper. I used red again as the focus color and added soft yellow and pink and green. The wavy striped "watermelon rind" fabric went very well with both sides.
So here is the "backside" of this table topper ...
My gift at last got to its new home today and I also opened the box which my friend mailed to me last August which was still sitting unopened in its mailing box.
I have a very wonderful Watermelon table topper of my own, which my friend, Cherie, made for me. The piecing and stitching on this one is just so perfect! The fabrics are fabulous and my kitchen table looks so bright and summery on the cold, bleak, gray winter day.
I should not be feeling so pleased with myself and my gift ... after all the months I took to complete this commitment. I am, though. It feels "sew good" to be sewing again!
On to my next long overdue commitment ... one of the two Round Robin 2010 borders that I still need to sew and send. No pictures yet of the one I am working on. My patient friend Sherry has hers in the non-peekers album.
ummmmmmm ... about my own Round Robin that I sent out last January? ... it is complete and still sealed in the package that Ann sent to me ... waiting for me to enjoy after I get these others on their way ...
I am so blessed to have such good and patient quilty friends ...
time to sew .... :) Pat