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.

melon patch

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!

Happy quilting



26 thoughts on “Interplay

  1. Mary Whitaker says:

    Do you ever sleep? All of the quilting, gardening, sewing…..It is mind-boggling!

  2. Martyne says:

    That looks like a beautiful, peaceful project Tim.

  3. katechiconi says:

    I particularly like the darks in that range, the coloured swirls and the bird and branch design especially. It’s going to be a very interesting quilt!

  4. Helen F says:

    Luv the split melon design – it gives it another dimension! Pomegranate and Chintz will luv your bird fabric!

  5. chris says:

    I would never have thought of that block, but it works so well with those cute fabrics. I especially love the tree/bird fabric, must be on the lookout for it! Happy sewing! (I love starting new projects, too!)

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Chris….now that I have a few blocks done I am pretty happy with it ….I am going to try to get a few more done and try a few different arrangements….the tree/bird fabric is a favorite of mine too….I think the same block wold be great in just that fabric….in the dark and the light

  6. Cathy McIntee says:

    Made something similar this past spring but appliqued the “melons” and curves of the alternate blocks. Used all bright scraps. Am trying to attach a photo but no luck so far. Love your blog.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Cathy
      I am so slow when it comes to applique! I think it would take me all day to do one block 🙂 I admire anyone who can do it for a whole quilt!! sounds very pretty in all bright….I am not a real tech person so I dont know how you can attach a pic….but I would love to see it… could email it to me…and I can attach the pic to the end of the post

  7. Pam G. says:

    Tim – you never cease to amaze me! Your new quilt is going to be beautiful.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Pam
      I am getting re-acquainted with my sewing machine on this one…..I often hand piece on curves…it is a good project to practice machine piecing curves on because the curves are not that “curvy”

  8. Pat Long says:

    I wish I had your gift of vision. Your quilts are just wonderful!

  9. […] made a few more blocks from the Interplay fabrics (see yesterdays post) and I decided to set 4 like blocks […]

  10. Sandra B says:

    These fabrics are great!! I particularly like the black background with all the circles….I will be watching for that one, and also the bird/tree ones, in both colors….The pattern you chose is just perfect for this group of fabrics….cannot wait to see the finished quilt!
    I don’t know how you have time for all the quilt projects, and for maintaining such a beautiful garden too! Thanks for all the inspiration…

  11. […] The blocks I was looking at are the blocks with the Interplay Fabrics […]

  12. […] finished piecing the Interplay blocks .   I need to decide on a final layout before I sew them all together.  Sometimes it is […]

  13. […] Another quilt from the buildup is the Interplay quilt. […]

  14. […] The Interplay quilt is using A large size 5 embroidery needle and #* perle cotton thread. (see this post for more about the Interplay quilt) […]

  15. […] I have some more of the hand quilting done on the Interplay Quilt. […]

  16. […] I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt. […]

  17. […] You can see the post about the design and cutting the pieces here ( […]


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