Monday, April 11, 2011

Delectable Mountains Tutorial

Delectable Mountains Quilt
Made "Wild" with Ricky Tims'
Oodles of Doodles fabric!
Finished size approximately 48" X 60".

It's tutorial time! This project is a stunning quilt that you can customize to make it your own. We can't wait to see your projects (share 'em on Facebook) and, as always - post any questions in the comments. We're here to help! 

   1/2 yard each of 5 different solids to coordinate

Select one of the five solids to use as an inner border and binding; set this piece aside.

From each of the remaining 4 solids, cut the following:
  (12)  6-1/2" x 2" strips
  (12)        5" x 2" strips
  (12)  3-1/2" x 2" strips
  (12)        2" x 2" strips

From the Oodles of Doodles print, cut the following: (use the entire strip as much as possible, so you have plenty for the outer border)
  (48)  6-1/2" x 2" strips
  (48)        5" x 2" strips
  (48)  3-1/2" x 2" strips
  (48)        2" x 2" strips

The same technique is used for all the blocks - but the piecing direction is reversed for half of them. That's how we get both sides of the mountain peaks!!

Start with one color, say orange. Create 4 stacks (one of each size) with 6 strips in each stack. (Reserve the remaining 6 for the other direction.)  Add 4 stacks (one of each size) with 6 strips each of the print and lay them out as shown in the photo below:

These will be pieced together with a 45 degree angle (like piecing binding). Each strip set will be one print pieced to the solid directly above it. Lay each solid, right sides together, on top of the print below it, at a right angle with the excess fabric off to the left, as shown below:
Draw a pencil line from the upper left corner to the lower right corner, as shown. You made need to make a small pencil mark where the edge of the underneath fabric is (see close-up below):

Stitch on the lines and then trim the corner off, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press all of these seams either up or down (it doesn't matter which way, just be consistent). Using a scan 1/4" seam allowance stitch the strip sets together as shown below:

Finish all 6 orange blocks and set aside. Repeat these steps for each of the other 3 colors, so you have 24 blocks in 4 different colors with all the "mountains" going up the same side!!
Now we'll do the mirror opposite for the other side!
Lay out the strips and mark the lines: (notice these are going out to the right and the lines are drawn from the upper right to the lower left.)
Stitch along the pencil lines and trim the corner off, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press all the seams on these blocks the opposite direction you press all of the previous 24 blocks' seams.
Stitch the strip sets together to form the other side of the mountain:

Finish with the other 3 colors, making 24 blocks with the mountain peak going down the other side!

Lay the blocks out on a design wall in a manner that you find pleasing. It can be like we've done:

Or, in another direction, such as:

Sew the blocks together.

Cut 4 strips 2" wide from the inner border piece. Measure sides of quilt and attach border (piecing where necessary). For outer border, measure the left over fabric and make sure you have enough to cut 5 strips of border, cut the strips 4-1/2 inches to 5-1/2 wide (depending on left over fabric and how wide you want your border).

Measure sides, attach border. Layer, quilt, bind and send us a photo!!!


  1. this is GORGEOUS! one more project to add to my "to do" list! ;)

  2. Great, Amy! It's simple and fast. So move it to the top, and send us a picture!! :)

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