Over on Swap-Bot, I've been participating in a monthly quilt block exchange in which we have to create a 12.5" block that represents a holiday for each month of the year. Some months are pretty obvious - for February, we all did hearts; for May, most of us did flowers. But others are a little trickier, like August. I was going to do a beach/vacation theme, but then my plan was thrown for a loop when, in the July swap, I had to send to a Canadian swapper. I couldn't very well send her an American flag block (!), so she got my beach block instead. (I appliqued a seashell on fabric that resembles sand, and could kick myself for forgetting to photograph it before sending it off.)
So my August block ended up being a watermelon slice. To make the seeds, I cut my own little seed stencil from cardstock and stamped the fabric with black ink.
And, as a reminder to myself, here are the block themes I used for all the months so far.
February - stitch and split heart
March - stitch and split shamrock
April - umbrella on "rain" fabric embellished with crystal raindrops
May - appliqued tulips in 3 colors
June - wedding cake embellished with embroidery stitches and appliqued lace
July - seashell on sand
August - watermelon slice
For future blocks, I'm planning:
September - stitch and split apple
October - stitch and split pumpkin
November - autumn leaves?
December - something Christmas-y. Maybe a tree or holly leaves, or a stocking?
January - snowflake