Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fruit Salad and a Wild Watermelon Quilt

Sometimes my ideas get a bit zany and I only blame it on the fabric, of course. I started out with good intentions but I guess my taste buds got the better of me.

I have my two winners: Sharon of New York (who lives on Quilt Lane, can you believe it!) won the Strawberries bundle and Elizabeth of Sweden (the country) won the Cherrys bundle. CONGRATULATIONS!

I received a lovely bundle of Fruit Salad fabrics by Benartex and the watermelon images jumped out at me. What do you think?
Fruit Salad Collection by Greta Lynn for KANVAS and Benartex Fabrics
What? You don't see watermelon? You see strawberries and blueberries and cherries? Hold on. I'm getting to the watermelon, because I WANTED watermelon and I tried to make this a watermelon quilt.

You have to head on over to the Sew in Love with Fabrics blog (Benartex) to see what I came up with using some of these fabrics. But once you start, you know you just have to keep going.

Then come back here for TWO giveaways.

I have two bundles of LONG QUARTER cuts from this collection. Each contains 5 long quarters (9" x wof). I don't like fat quarters when I'm working with a quilt that needs borders and long strips.
Cherries and Berries, Purple Colorway
Berries and Watermelon, Red Colorway
Let me know if you've ever made a quilt and used it for a table cloth. And tell me which of the two bundles you like. I will select two winners. Deadline for comments is Friday August 21 at midnight. International winners will need to help with postage if you are chosen to win ($10, US). Or you can have any of my Craftsy patterns. Now, take a hop on over to Sew in Love with Fabrics.


90 comments:

  1. Love the table quilt with all the fruit. I haven't used my wedge templates in a long time. I have to go with my love of blue and pick the cherry/berries. I have a collection of fruit fabrics (mostly apples) and these would add nicely to finally make a quilt - instead of petting the fabrics.

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  2. Absolutely hilarious quilt - loved it!!Great idea and so creative! WOW. I used a quilt as a tablecloth only once (at a Christmas party and someone spilled orange soda on it...yipes...) so I think I would probably put clear vinyl over it next time! Love both colorways but I am partial to blueberries! :)

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  3. Allison CB. You are a "no reply comment" blogger so I have no email for you. If you see this, please send me your email (you can send it direct to me: kratovil@his.com)

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  4. Thanks for the lovely tutorial AND the giveaway. I'm usually more partial to the blue colors but I really love the red bundle. I could make something useful from either!
    I have only made just a few quilts so far and haven't used them as a table cloth -- unless spreading it on the floor for the grands to lay on while eating snacks I. Front of the TV counts!!
    sewystuff at gmail

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  5. The tablecloth you made is adorable. I've used many of my quilts on my dining room table. We never use the table so I'm comfortable using it as a display piece for my quilts. I love both give away bundles, so neither one would be neglected in my studio should I win. Thanks for the fun!

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  6. I've used a lot of my quilts for tablecloths! It is a fun way to enjoy my quilts that are not on the beds, walls, etc. After all, one cannot have too many quilts, right?
    Love this idea, and your post at Benartex....that blue group of fabrics is calling my name!

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  7. I have made a quilt and used it as a tablecloth but all my tables are covered with WIP's now. I like the red colorway.

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  8. Loved your tutorial! I have made one "quilt" that became a tablecloth. Many years ago my sister wanted a tree skirt, so I offered to make one. I designed it myself on graph paper. Then I sewed it up and it was HUGE. Not tree skirt sized at all. So I didn't cut the opening for the tree trunk and I had it quilted (no batting, just backing fabric) so my MIL could use it on her round table at Christmas time. Actually she still uses it every year. I scaled the pattern down to a more reasonable size and it made a lovely tree skirt. The pattern even got published in a magazine.

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  9. Love your table cloth, it is perfect for summer dining. I love the strawberries and red colour way fabrics x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  10. Love it! This is really fun. I have never made anything like this before.

    I like the berries and watermelon fabric.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  11. The first quilt I ever made was originally a wall hanging, but has also been used as a table topper, and as a decorative throw across the back of a chair.

    I really like the way you made the Dresden pie/plate without the traditional circle. I am going to give that a try.

    I like the cherries and berries bundle best.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. Wow, what a tablecloth! Love it!! Being a newbie, I think I will wait awhile to tackle this. :) I love the Berries and Cherries. I am collecting blues for a project.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  13. Love your table cloth! I have never made a quilt to cover the entire table. I've only made ones for the center. I like both sets of fabric, but I'd say I like the Cherries and Berries, Purple Colorway, a bit more. susan430 at cox dot net

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  14. Many many many years ago, I made a tablecloth for my mom. I just cut and sewed blocks together. I think I zigzagged along the seams to catch the raw edges underneath. Didn't sandwich it at all. Just a plain patchwork cloth that she used on the kitchen table. I think she still has it. Probably from back in the 70s would be my guess. Love your fruity-melon quilt :)

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  15. I haven't made a quilt that I used for a table cloth and don't think I could stand to have it on my table know the way my family spills things on the regular table cloth. I like the red colorway the best. Thanks for the chance at some wonderful fabric.

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  16. I have not made a full table cloth but have made a table topper for Christmas. It is a Christmas wreath made from a twister ruler. I have also made two table runners for my daughter-in-law. I have never made the Dresden plate but after seeing this I am inspired.

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  17. I have not made a full table cloth but have made a table topper for Christmas. It is a Christmas wreath made from a twister ruler. I have also made two table runners for my daughter-in-law. I have never made the Dresden plate but after seeing this I am inspired. I love the blue bundle!

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  18. I love your wild and crazy tablecloth Debby! I've never made a quilt and used it for a tablecloth because I've always had very messy children, and now that they are grown, I've been blessed with a grandchild, and she is pure messy joy. But I would love to hang a quilt like yours on the wall of my kitchen! Thanks for sharing this, and I love the first bundle with the blues.

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  19. Very cute watermelon! I've never done a quilted tablecloth...unless a tabletopper counts...love the cherries and berries!

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  20. That is super cute. I love using my quilts for table coverings. I like the reds best.

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  21. Love all the fabrics--so vivid and pretty. Haven't used a quilt on a table--yet!

    I'd go for the berries!



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  22. I purchased a lap size quilt kit once and I didn't care for the pattern as a quilt but it made a great picnic table cloth. I just omitted the batting and backed it with a bright color ed print.

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  23. Love your table topper. I would chose Cherries and Berries in the purple colorway. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  24. Love those blueberries! Before I was a quilter, I used a while that had been left in our apartment (kind of gees bend in style) as a tablecloth for a still life, for painting. After I became a quilter, I've only used mini quilts on the table, as centerpieces and teflon shields against clutter! ;D (willing to pay shipping!)

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  25. I have never made a table cloth quilt. I've been trying to make a table runner for each of the seasons, but I can't seem to take a break from bed quilts for long enough to make any progress! Ha! I like berries and cherries. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Your Dresden Plate quilt is fantastic. Thanks for showing us how to make it. I like the Cherries and Berries.

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  27. Totally fun fruit salad! It's a great design. I love the Cherries and Berries, purple group. Thanks!

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  28. I have made some table cloth 'quilts' but none quilt so wild as yours. Great fun!
    I like the cherries and berries, purple color way best. Love Kanvas lines!

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  29. I have made many quilted placemats, but never a tablecloth. Hmmmm.....now you have me thinking. Just imagining what I could make if I won!

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  30. Loooove it!! You are soooo talented & creative!

    Haven't made many quilts, only as gifts...but if I made myself one...I think it would be cool to use as a Tablecloth too! How fun! Thanks for the iseda! :)

    I looove the 1st Bundle, with the blueberries!You called it the purple colorway...Beautiful! Thanks for chance to win eaither tho too :)

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  31. I've never used a quilt for a table cloth. Yours is really pretty though! I love the cherries and berries. I'm a sucker for both fruits in anything.

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  32. Thank you for the giveaway! I love the Cherries and Berries. I have never made a quilt for a tablecloth, only one for a picnic blanket.

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  33. Cherries and Berries would be my choice. Yes, I have used a quilt as a table cloth, they work fabulously. I really enjoyed your tutorial, Dresdens are one of those templates you can do so many variations with they are delightful. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day! brend_ack@yahoo.com

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  34. I have never made a quilt for a tablecloth, but my mom has. I would choose the blueberry fabrics if I won. Your quilt looks terrific. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  35. I haven't made a quilt for a tablecloth. I have made tablerunners. I would love either colorway.

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  36. Yes, I have used one of my quilts for a tablecloth before... I also like the Berries and Watermelon, Red Colorway fabrics the best.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centueytel.net

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  37. Yes, I have used a quilt as a tablecloth. It's my first quilt I ever made (over 30 years ago) and it's taken on many roles besides being used on a bed. A tablecloth quilt just has the country charm every picnic needs! All you need is family and food! Cherries and Berries, Purple Colorway would be my choice, but they are both super cute bundles!

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  38. I have never made a quilt and used it for a tablecloth but that doesn't mean I never will! :P

    I would love the first bundle should I win!
    Sandy A

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  39. I love what you made and I love the cherries and berries. Either would be fine. I have made large table toppers that I use as tableclothes.

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  40. If by quilt you mean table topper, then yes, I have used a quilt on my table :) I love both selections, but since I have been eating watermelon practically non stop, I would choose the lovely red bundle :)

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  41. oooh! Very nice quilt table topper. Great tutorial. I definitely like the Berries and Watermelon; red colorway. Love watermelon!! Actually ate a whole one once when I was pregnant with my third son and it was a large one--watermelon that is. Karen kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  42. I would take the blueberries. I often put small quilts on my table. Works great.

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  43. delicious describes the fabric her and checked out the tutorial a very b=nice make.

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  44. Thanks for the fun post, tutorial and giveaway! I love both the fabric bundles but I am loving the blueberries! thanks!

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  45. Debby, I've never used a quilt as a table cloth, but I've used a lot of minis as placemats for our dogs and cats (cue the gasps!).

    The reds would be my first choice, but just barely squeaking by the blues. This is a really charming fabric line.

    Thanks for the tutorial, Debby. The timing is great. I have a new ruler and am gearing up to cut some wedges and make some Dresdens.

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  46. You made a gorgeous table cloth!
    I have not made a quilt for a table cloth, yet. I like the purple/blue colorway.

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  47. I have a tablecloth for our porch that I am working on now! I really like both colorless - You choose!

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  48. I haven't actually used a quilt for a tablecloth before but think it's s lovely idea...before bringing out the food. That watermelon quilt is fantastic. So appetizing! I like either bundle but the reds are my first choice.

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  49. I have never made a quilt and used it as a tablecloth. Love the Cherries and Berries group!
    j_dobler@msn.com

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  50. Hi, Debby,
    The watermelon table topper is great! I love - and get - the use of other fruits to make the melon! The triangle at the center reminds me of how I cut off the point of a watermelon wedge and save that best part for last! The only quilt I've made that was used as a tablecloth I gave to a friend who has a sheet of safety glass on top of her table. At home I've made and use several toppers and runners for end tables. While I prefer the blues and greens combination for my décor I do love the orange blender in the red colorway. Thanks as always for sharing tutorials and inspiration. (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com).

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  51. I have never made a quilt that's been used as a tablecloth, at least none that I've made for myself!! Not sure about the ones I've given away...LOL! I like the colors in the top grouping better - I'm much more a blue person than orange! I HAVE made a quilt or two with brighter fabrics, including orange, but I just prefer blues over oranges.

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  52. I have made several "throws" & used on table.I am a watermelon freak so definitely love those fabrics!!

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  53. I have made several "throws" & used on table.I am a watermelon freak so definitely love those fabrics!!

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  54. I have a Valentine's Day quilt that I place on my dining room table each Feb. Love to use quilts on my table. I love both of the collections, but if I had to choose, I guess I'd choose the red color way. But both are gorgeous.

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  55. I have a small quilt on the top of a table... does that count? I love your dresden quilt.

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  56. Your quilt is stunning! I've made small quilts, which I guess most call tabletoppers, but haven't made a quilted tablecloth. All of the fabric is so fresh and cheery, but I especially like the set with the red and orange and beautiful strawberry print.

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  57. Love it, Love it!! Am partial to the strawberries with the black background but they are all pretty. I've made a lot of table mats but not a table cloth. Do you use batting and then quilt like you do with a quilt? Take Care

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  58. I have never made a quilted tablecloth except in my dreams. I like the berries one it's so yummy.

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  59. I haven't used a quilt as a tablecloth. Blueberries and cherries are my choice. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  60. I have only made table rounds or centers and placemats. My house is in reds and blues so love both but really am a red person in my soul.

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  61. My quilts get loved, and that's exactly how I want it. They have been used for tablecloths,tents,picnic blankets, and couch lovers. I like the red color way berries and watermelon . I would be glad to pay the shipping ,just let me know how to do that. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  62. Fun, fun FUN watermelon quilt. No table cloths from quilts . . . How about placemats? I would be happy with either fruit salad bundle -- love the orange and red s and the green and blue. Great post(s) today.

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  63. I have made quilted placemats and runners but not a tablecloth. I think it is a good idea, though. Love your design.

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  64. I love using table cloths for parties, choosing which ones to use according to the theme of the party! I love both colorways, so it is difficult to choose! I'm a watermelon fiend AND a blueberry fiend, so I think I will go with blueberries!

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  65. I also love the blueberry fabric. I raise blueberries and blackberries. I love table cloths but have to careful, DH makes a mess on them.

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  66. I've made table runners and table square toppers but I've not done a quilt to use on the table. We just repainted our kitchen red and I'm trying to decorate in strawberries, so your second set of fabrics would be a wonderful gift to help making projects for my kitchen. Thanks.

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  67. One of the first quilts I ever made was for a tablecloth. Love both the bundles but the watermelon and berries one is my favorite.

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  68. My friend made us a wedding quilt that became a table cloth at our wedding. It was draped over a table in the foyer of the inn and all of our guests admired it while signing the guest book.

    Love the blueberries . ...craving a pie!

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  69. our watermelon quilt/table cloth is very creative! I must admit, I've never made a quilt that turned into a table cloth, but that's a good idea. If I were to win, I'd prefer the Berries and Watermelon Red Colorway. thanks! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  70. Loving both combos - but first glance took me to the berries and watermelon. I had visions of projects with both! I've made a few table runners but only one quilt topper ... though none for myself! These fun fruity prints would be staying at my house should I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  71. I keep thinking I could make a tablecloth/quilt but haven't yet. Maybe I'm worried about how many times I'd have to wash it, with 3 young kids around. I like the purple color way best.

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  72. Love this tutorial Debby!! I have not used any quilts for a table topper, yet. There have been a few times when I draped one on the table for a photo and my husband expressed interest though! My favorite combo is the Cherries & Berries.
    ~Brandy

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  73. i've not made a quilted table cloth, maybe i should. i like the watermelon colorway. thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. I have used quilts as tablecloths. I like the blue colorway the best but I would love to win either group. Thanks for the chance to enter the contest.

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  75. I have never used a quilt that I have made for a tablecloth, but I once purchased a quilt top at a thrift shop that I used for several years on an accent table in my living room. I prefer the cherries and berries, purple colorway. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  76. Cute table topper. I have never used a quilt for a table. But yours is bright and cheerful. I like the red bundle. But either would be nice.. Thank you..

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  77. I used a cute panel to make a table cloth for kitchen table. Love the purple. Cheeries and berries.

    Drhodes9@cox.net.

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  78. I love your watermelon topper! If I'm the lucky one,I'd love the purple color way & maybe I'll use it to make a table cloth!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  79. Love the quilt you made with these. I have never made a quilt top and used it as a tablecloth. I love the colorful fruit fabrics though and was just checking them all out awhile back. I thought they'd make a great summer tablecloth.

    I'd love either of those bundles, but since you asked, I have wanted some cherry fabric for a long time now so that would be my choice; the top one with the cherries and blueberries.

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  80. I have my mother's quilt on my table right now. I'm happy with either but I love the blue colorway.

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  81. I have my mother's quilt on my table right now. I'm happy with either but I love the blue colorway.

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  82. Just absolutely love your table topper. I have made and often use a couple of table toppers for summer lunches, but they are nothing like your delightful creation! I also have a lovely quilt without batting, just a backing so it drapes well on the table, that I made from a piece of chintz fabric for my formal dining table. Thanks for the chance to win..I am more than happy to pay international postage!!

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  83. Me again..I forgot to say that I would like the Berries and Watermelon bundle!

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  84. Debby, I LOVE your bright cheerful summer design of watermelons! Such a party-feeling to see it on the table. Yes, I have little table toppers, some from blocks that didn't make it into a final quilt, and some from scraps. I've been thinking about making a fall one. Your tutorial could help me do that, though it won't look like watermelon with fall colors ... maybe pumpkin wedges? =) Thanks to you and to Benartex for the giveaway. Both sets are wonderful, and I love that they are long quarters. If I had to choose one, I'd probably go with the purple one, though they both are so appealing!

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  85. I love the cherries, berries purple colorway. I have used a quilt as a tablecloth once, then I decided I liked it hanging on the wall better, LOL. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. HAVE NEVER USED A QUILT AS A TABLE CLOTH. i LIKE THE SMALLER PRINT FABRIC.

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  87. Thanks for the tutorial on your watermelon quilt. It's so cute! I like the Cherries and berries purple bundle. :)

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  88. Yes, I have used a quilt as a tablecloth...only once, though. Would LOVE the red fabrics...

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  89. I have used a table topper that almost covers my table, does that count? And my table is covered in place mats and table runners. Love the tablecloth you made. Dresden Plate is one of my favorite patterns. Both are great fabrics, but I think the cherries, berries in purple (blue?) colorway edges out the other one.

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  90. I have made several quilts that I used for tablecloths. I love them . I like that cherries and berries

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