Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Melon Mini

We're continuing our Tute-Happy Summer series today with a tutorial for a watermelon mini quilt! The reds and greens in Ro Gregg's Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz collection reminded us of watermelons, and this fun little 12-1/2" square mini quilt was born. It's super-easy to make--just one Courthouse Steps block cut in quarters and reassembled! Enjoy the tutorial and then find the details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a bundle of Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz prints to play with!

1 fat quarter each 3 red prints, 1 green print, and 1 black print
1 fat eighth white solid
15" square of backing fabric
15" square of batting

Here are the Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz prints we used that inspired this project--don't they just scream, "watermelon!" to you?! 

From the light red:
One 3" square

From the medium red: 
Two 3" x 7" strips and two 3" x 12" strips

From the dark red: 
Two 2-1/2" x 4" strips and two 2-1/2" x 8" strips

From the green:
Two 2-1/2" x 11" strips and two 2-1/2" x 15" strips

From the white: 
Four 1" x 12" strips

From the black:
Three 2-1/4" x 21" strips for binding

Step 1: Sew the two 2-1/2" x 4" dark red strips to opposite sides of the 3" light red square, press open, and trim.

Step 2: Sew the two 2-1/2" x 8" dark red strips to the remaining sides and press open. Trim to measure 6" square, making sure that you center the light red square as you trim. Note: Squaring up after adding each round of strips will create the most accurate Courthouse Steps block. 

Here's what it looks like after the dark red round is added:

Step 3: In the same way, add the 3" x 7" and 3" x 12" medium red strips. Trim the unit to measure 10" square.

Step 4: Press each 1" x 12" white strip in half lengthwise. Pin folded strips to opposite sides of the red unit, matching raw edges, and baste in place with a 1/8" seam allowance. Trim white strips even with the red unit. 

Step 5: Pin folded white strips on the remaining sides and then pin a 2-1/2" x 11" green strip on top, right sides together. Stitch, securing both the green strip and the white flange to the red unit. 

Step 6: Press the green strip open. The white flange should rest on the red fabric. Repeat on the other side to add the second green strip.

Step 7: Sew the 2-1/2" x 15" green strips to the top and bottom, making sure to stitch inside the basting stitches to cover them up. Press the green strips open and square to measure 13".

Step 8: Cut the block in half in both directions to create four quarter blocks. 

Step 9: Rearrange the blocks into a layout you like and stitch them together. Optional: Use the remaining black print to add watermelon seeds!

Step 10: Layer the quilt top with backing and batting and quilt as desired. Trim the backing and batting even with the quilt top. 

Step 11: Use the three 2-1/4" x 21" black strips to bind the mini quilt. 


For a chance to win a bundle of Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz prints, leave us a comment letting us know that you follow us on the blog or on Facebook. Also let us know if you've ever competed in a watermelon seed spitting contest (even in your backyard!). Giveaway is open through Sunday, July 5th at 11:59 pm EST. This giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!

Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 1: Sunglasses case  featuring Graphix 3
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who
Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone 
Week 6: Lunch bag featuring Graphix 3
Week 7: Placemats featuring Marblehead Pleasing Pastels
Week 9: Elegant clutch featuring Jungle Party 
Week 10: Modern table runner featuring Prairie Cloth Solids 


  1. I have spit watermelon seeds but not in a competition. I follow the blog with GFC.

  2. I follow your blog by email. No I have never spit watermelon seeds. It's about the only fruit I don't like.

  3. I follow on the blog. Love watermelons but have never been in a seed spitting contest. . .

  4. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruit!

  5. So cute! I follow via Email and Facebook. I don't enjoy Watermelon, so I won't be in the seed spitting contest. I do love honeydew and cantaloupe, though, but don't spit those seeds, either. Fun question.

  6. Awesome Mini!!!! I already follow, thru Email & Bloglovin both! :)

  7. So cute.I get your emails and yes I have participated in a watermelon seed spitting contest. It's too bad that the ones in the store are seedless, today's children will never get to experience that small pleasure.

  8. Well, sure, when we were kids and eating watermelon outside, we would see who could spit seeds the farthest, didn't everyone? :) I am a devote follower via e-mail.

  9. I follow you on bloglovin as Jen Barnard. I've never been in a seed spitting contest, I've never even heard they were a thing.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  10. I follow your blog via GFC. Love the tutorial -- the project is both cute and cleverly made! I'm sure I spit seeds in the grass when I was a kid, but don't recall any contests. Now I like the seedless kind better!

  11. Cute quilt! Yes, when I was young my brothers and sister and I would have contests to see who could spit the seeds the farthest. I follow your blog via email and I like your Facebook page.

  12. I follow your blog on bloglovin! We used to have great fun spitting watermelon seeds over the edge of the deck during the summer!

  13. I follow your blog and I like your Facebook page. I've only been a backyard seed spitter.

  14. I follow your blog on Feedly. I'm sure I have been a part of an informal seed spitting contest at some point I my life, but I've never spit professionally! Enjoy the holiday.

  15. I follow your blog. I have never been in a watermelon seed spitting contest.

  16. I follow your blog on Bloglovin. Sadly, I have never been in a watermelon seed spitting contest. Guess I am missing out!!

  17. I follow the blog on Bloglovin and no, I have never been in a watermelon seed spitting contest, unless you count the ones I had with my sisters when we were young. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  18. That's a cute little quilt.
    Greetings, Rike

  19. I follow via bloglovin. Although our town actually has a watermelon seed spitting contest, I have never participated.

  20. Oh man, I have a friend who would LOVE this! I follow via Bloglovin', and it has been over 15 years but yes, I've competed in a seed-spitting contest. My cousin won. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, it's great!

  21. I follow on bloglovin , no I have never been in a seed spitting contest. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  22. I follow with GFC and by email!
    I've never spat watermelon seeds

  23. I follow you on bloglovin and this is the first I've ever heard of competitive watermelon seed spitting! x