Watermelon & Crow Quilt

By  Mary Ayres 

Celebrate summer with this colorful watermelon quilt design. The floral fabric borders can be tailored to your own taste and style. Re-use the watermelon pattern design on a variety of other surfaces!

  • Watermelon & Crow Quilt


  • Cotton fabrics: outer border, 1/4 yd.; inside strips, 1/8 yd.; inside squares, scrap; watermelon background, 1/4 yd.; binding, 1/4 yd.; backing, 1/2 yd.
  • Wool felt: green, 1/4 yd.; pink/red, 1/4 yd.; black scrap
  • Black two-hole buttons, 3/8”, 19
  • Perle cotton: black, #12; white, #8
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting


  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needles: sewing, embroidery
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • rotary cutter and cutting mat, ruler, iron and pressing board, scissors, white cardstock, safety pins

Pattern - Watermelon & Crow Quilt
Pattern - Fig. 1
Pattern - Fabric Cutting Chart

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 16"x30"
  • Note
  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides together, using 1/4" seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed. Use one strand of perle cotton for all embroidery.
  • Quilt
  • 1. Use cutting chart to cut fabrics as indicated. See Cutting Chart.

  • 2. Follow Fig. 1 to sew short B strips to sides of A rectangles, making two rows of ABABA. See Fig. 1. Sew C squares between long B strips, making one row of BCBCB. Sew row of BC's between rows of ABs. Sew long D strips above and below assembled rows. Sew short D strips to sides of assembled rows. Fabric piecing for quilt top is complete.

    Fig. 1
  • 3. Print out patterns on white cardstock. Trace cardstock patterns on felt. Cut watermelon shapes from pink/red felt. Cut six watermelon rind shapes from green felt. Dab glue under felt pieces and adhere at an angle to watermelon blocks, going in order from left to right, largest to smallest, with rind overlapping edge of watermelon shapes and top edges even. Cut crow shape from black felt and adhere above smallest watermelon shape.
  • 4. Use black perle cotton to blanket stitch around crow and across top of watermelons. Use white perle cotton to blanket stitch over watermelon rinds, working from inside to outside edge. Use black perle cotton to backstitch crow's legs. Use white perle cotton to make French Knot on eye dot, wrapping thread around needle once.
  • 5. Cut pieces from batting and backing fabric 1" larger than quilt on all sides. Sandwich batting between quilt back and front with right sides facing out.
  • 6. Machine quilt around edges of watermelon rectangles. (Note: Attach safety pins to quilt to hold layers together while working.) Trim batting and backing even with quilt top.
  • 7. To bind long edges of quilt, cut two 2" strips from binding fabric to same length as quilt sides. Sew strips to front of quilt 1/2" from raw edges with right sides facing. Fold strips over to back side and turn edges under 1/2". Hand sew turned edges to back of quilt.
  • 8. To bind short edges of quilt, cut two 2" strips same length as quilt sides plus 1". Sew strips to quilt in same way as long sides, leaving 1/2" extending at ends. Turn ends inside binding before hand sewing.
  • 9. Use white perle cotton to sew black buttons to watermelons at dots indicated on patterns. Knot thread ends on back of quilt.
  • Tip
  • 1. Quilting is optional when using Warm & Natural batting, because batting doesn't require stitching to secure to fabric.