I recently received a bundle of fat quarters from P&B Textiles. It is from a new line of 12 fabrics called Interplay, a fabric collection by Nancy Heffron.
They have some really great fabrics, here are some of the other coming soon lines at P&B.
I really love the colors and the scale of the prints….not too big. For what I have in mind the smaller scale is perfect.
Almost immediately I knew what I wanted to make with them. Even though these are contemporary fabrics I like to take inspiration from traditional blocks.
The design is called Mellon Patch and It has always been a favorite of mine. The fabric collection has a nice assortment of lights and darks and I think it will be perfect for this design.
I cut out some templates after figuring out the size (I want to be able to get 4 blocks out of each fat quarter) and cut out some pieces.
Many people cut out all the pieces first and then start to sew but I couldn’t wait to get sewing so I only cut out enough for 4 blocks.
I did make a change to the pattern. I cut each melon in half and sewed two halves of contrasting fabrics together.
Don’t be afraid of curved piecing! I did a post about it back in 2011 that you can see here .
They go together pretty fast
The block looks like a leaf to me which I think goes well with the birds and branches in the fabric
here are the 4 blocks I have finished
Once I get all the blocks made I will play with arranging them in various ways before I sew them together.
I have divided all the fat quarters into sets of two so that each block will have 2 fabrics
I will hand quilt this after I get it pieced and I will post some progress pictures as I work on it.
It really is fun to work on a new project!