Melon Ice Runner in Prints

Melon Ice Runner by Amy Friend

I’ll be teaching a workshop this winter based on my Melon Ice Quilt Pattern.  I just finished this sample to bring with me, using my coveted stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend

If you remember, my original Melon Ice was a 72″ x 72″ quilt with large scale piecing and solids.  It was featured in American Quilter Magazine and the pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops as a pdf download.  When I made the original, I had so many quilt ideas for the single paper pieced block that I had designed.  I have been wanting to try them all out but it’s the same old story…too many ideas and not enough time!  I am happy to have fit in this project at least because I love the results!

Melon Ice Runner by Amy Friend

These blocks were made 50% smaller than the template included in the Melon Ice pattern.  My fabric placement is completely different.  I used a single fabric, Kona Oyster, for the squares and diamonds.  Then I placed the prints in such a way that it appears that the rings are interlocked or layered.

Melon Ice Runner by Amy Friend

I used an Alison Glass text print in charcoal for the binding which I just love!  I wanted something to compliment the darker print with pink flowers in the runner.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend quilting detail

I straight line quilted about a 1/4″ apart with Aurifil thread and a stitch length of 3.5.  I like the way it sort of negates the piecing lines.

I look forward to sharing this project and seeing how each quilter makes it his/her own.





  1. Sure came out lovely! What is the finished size?

  2. It’s beautiful, Amy. There is a stained glass window look about it due the Anna Maria Horner prints coupled with your design. Just lovely!

  3. This is so gorgeous! It looks like it’s trying to leap off the screen at me. I love it.

  4. I really like this. So modern and colorful, and seemingly a perfect size! I think I’m going to jump over to Craftsy bc I need to buy this pattern! 🙂

  5. First thing I thought of was rainbow snowflakes!:

  6. Love this pattern, Amy. It’s amazing how different the two versions look.

  7. It is amazing how it gives the impression of a completely different pattern, I like the placement of the colors also!

  8. Two totally different beautiful quilt using the same pattern? Who-A! Which issue in the American Quilters Magazine? I am hoping I have it, if not, off to get the pattern. Thanks.

  9. I love the version with prints more – it’s so unique and fabrics look so good on it!

  10. I loved your solid one so much, and now this!! It’s amazing how completely different it is, and at the same time, equally beautiful!

  11. Wow, fabulous! Love your print version!
    Is there an online calendar somewhere to see where you are teaching?

  12. Love the different look of this with the prints

  13. Oh wow….I’m crazy about this!!

  14. How absolutely gorgeous! The close quilting really does blur the piecing lines. I love the way you can see two types of geometric patterns in this runner.

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