I was lazy this morning, and as I was gearing myself up to unlazify myself, I happened across a quilting program on television. I've never quilted, though somewhere down about project number #2721 on my list is a quilting-related geeky project. You know, once I get the rest done.
This woman was talking about using curved templates to make "wedding ring" patterned quilts, which is fine, and I can understand the difficulties inherent in sewing two pieces of cloth together to form a curved seam - they, by necessity, won't lay flat as you're sewing, so it's tricky.
The thing that irked me, though, was that she was using a template shaped like this:
and kept referring to it as a "melon" shape. I'm not a food scientist, but I'm pretty sure melons look like this:
note how it's round. Sometimes they're not circular, but they don't have those right angles that the quilting template has. Perhaps she was thinking of this:
It's tricky, I know, but that thing with the points at the end, that's a LEMON. You can tell, because during the summer, when you go to the Olive Garden, the waitress doesn't say "Can I start you off with a glass of melonade?".
Oh, nuts, I'm too late. The quilter went and wrote a book with this mistake: http://www.kayewood.com/onlinecat/melon_block.html
You'd think someone would have caught that somewhere during the editing process.