La Sandia

“Las sandías son las sonrisas del verano”.

“Watermelons are the smiles of summer.”


One of my DIL’s gave me some fabric for my birthday. She chose a watermelon (sandía) design as the focal fabric and chose others to create a bundle. The watermelon fabric brought back memories of my childhood summers. My dad would always pick up the juiciest, sweetest watermelons at the downtown market or at trucks on the side of the road. My favorite were the black diamond watermelons. There was no better way to spend a summer day than eating watermelon with my cousins and neighborhood friends.
My first thoughts were to make a picnic blanket with this beautiful bundle of summer fabrics. There were a couple of tutorials that suggested using outdoor fabric, or flannel-backed table cloths for the backing. I had no real plan or design in mind, but I started out by making one of my favorite blocks, the Sawtooth Star. I wanted to try out my new Ultimate Flying Geese Tool by Creative Grids. I had been using an 8″ square ruler to finish off my flying geese and this worked well. But when I saw the Creative Grid tool, I thought I would give it a try. What I like about this new tool is that the measurements for 8 different sized flying geese are already marked on the ruler. This makes it so much easier and more accurate. I used the watermelon fabric for the focal point of the star, and for the outside border. I consulted with my DIL concerning the cornerstones on the outside border. She helped me decide to use the striped fabric instead of the pink polka dot. After piecing the top, I decided that I would not be using any outdoor or weather proof fabric for the backing. Instead, I pieced the remaining fabric remnants. I wanted to use as much of the fabric bundle as possible. All that is left is about half a yard of the white fabric, and this will be used for other projects.
It took one afternoon to piece this 48″ X 48″ quilt top, and another morning to piece the backing.
Nothing says summer like La Sandia!🍉
Another fun summer project I am enjoying was inspired by Claudia McGill. I was so taken by her metal sculptures, that I just had to try to make some of my own. These were so much fun to make. Now, I find myself looking for scrap metal every time I am out.
I just love summer!

In summer, the song sings itself.– WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, AMERICANPOET

11 thoughts on “La Sandia

  1. Thank you for the mention and I am so happy to have converted you to a person looking for metal on the ground. I know it sounds kind of silly but I really love the thrill of the hunt and then when you find something…and you will find that once you tell people you are looking, they will bring you treasures too. I look forward to seeing what comes up next to join these fantastic figures you made. And as for watermelons, we have one in our refrigerator all the time all summer. I have loved them since I was a little girl and first tasted one at a family reunion. It was something special to get a watermelon back then and I can clearly remember this experience. Love the fabric and the happy results.

      1. We eat it every day. I always have one in the fridge ready to go or else cut up. I LOVE watermelon. I remember when I first came to Philadelphia they came in from local farms and sold them out of trucks on the street. Yes, I bought many.

  2. Chela, this is so watermelony with a huge helping of modern quilt elements. The striped fabric was the way to go in those corners – yay, DIL, good on her!
    I’m with you on not using the stiffer and plastic-y outdoor fabric for the backing – as a solution:
    Using any quilt as a picnic blanket benefits from the simple addition of an old shower curtain liner or even large plastic garbage bag placed underneath it when used on the ground…
    Sending you watermelon smiles across the miles. (groan!)

  3. Oh what fun! That watermelon fabric is so delicious and you have made a lovely summer blanket from it. Wishing you happy summer picnics and watermelon feasts on it.
    Your iron people are charming.

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