I am always happy to hop along and the Winter Blues Hop hosted by Carla Henton of Creatin’ in the Sticks is no exception.
I received the fabrics from Love Crafts* and signed up for the blog hop around the same time. You can read about the Windham fat quarters here. They really were the perfect inspiration for this blog hop.
The Blue Mountains are part of the Appalacian Trail and run diagonally through Pennsylvania. There is a wonderful spot, Hawk Mountain, that I have visited many times. Hawk Mountain is in Now, they are much more rolling hills than peaks, but they were my Blue Mountains, and I love them.
Half Rectangles (HRTs) were calling my name and I started to play with this simple idea of mountains. I had seen a few other mountainy quilts, but went with an idea of only using HRTs but I needed to then add some different angles and used what appear to be isosceles triangles (although I didn’t measure them to see if that’s what they are) The collection of Windham blues is just fabulous for this project; they have such a wintry feel to them.
I designed it in Electric Quilt 8.* Now, as I made it, I got myself in a bit of trouble. Fat Quarters are only so big and I tried using my TriRecs ruler – misremembering the block size. In the end, I made templates from EQ8 and found that worked much better. I did paper piecing with freezer paper* – perfect!
The only problem is that there were two instances of the HRTs and two of a smaller isocoles triangle used to make some different points. I worked through it and love this little quilt. You can see them right next to each other. So, while it was easy to draw in EQ, it was a little harder to execute in real life!
I quilted straight lines in the mountains for emphasis. I didn’t think the sky needed anything. Two different threads were used to quilt: 50 wt Mettler #9812 (variegated evening blue) and 40 wt Sulky, #1222 (baby blue) along with 60 wt. Superior Bottom line #635 (medium blue). I love when the threads just work and these did a fabulous job.
I often use these triangles and an extra piece in the middle for hanging a quilt.he binding was done by machine. This really makes finishing simple! [Note some asked: The extra piece I use when the quilt is bigger than 12″. You can use one nail or two nails to hang.]
I hope you enjoyed my excursion to the My Blue Mountains. The templates are available in my store (above) for free. They give you a placement guide; do ask me if you have trouble with it.
My Blue Mountains
20″ x 20″
Windham Fabrics, Titan Line 2017
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt white
Quilting Threads: 50 wt Mettler #9812
40 wt Sulky #1222
60 wt Superior Bottom line #635
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Select*
Part of the fun of a blog hop is seeing what people have created. Here’s the list for the week, please play along and visit as many as you can. Below this you will see my usual what is coming up on the blog/and who I am linking to.
Monday, January 20th
Just Let Me Quilt
Mary Mack Made Mine
Just Because Quilts
Den syende himmel
Tuesday, January 21st
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilting & Learning: What a Combo
Life in the Scrapatch
Home Sewn By Us
Wednesday, January 22nd
Little Bunny Quilts
For the love of geese
The Joyful Quilter
Ms P Designs USA
Made By Marney
Sunshine in the Attic
Thursday, January 23rd
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Seams To Be Sew
Becky’s quilts and adventures
Friday, January 24th
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
Swap Mob Bag
2019 Monthly Color Block Quilt Finish (1/31)