My Blue Mountains

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.

Jonathan and John at Hawk Mountain, 4/2004

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.

April 2004

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. If you are interested in the template, let me know in the comments – I can send you the templates – I just need to collate them and haven’t done that yet!

My Blue Mountains
20″ x 20″
Windham Fabrics, Titan Line 2017
Machine pieced/quilted
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
Bumbleberry Stitches


Mary Mack Made Mine

Just Because Quilts
Kathleen McMusing
Den syende himmel
Tuesday, January 21st
Quilted Delights
Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Farm Quilter

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

Quilt Schmilt
Karen’s Korner
Made By Marney
Podunk Pretties
Sunshine in the Attic
Thursday, January 23rd
Songbird Designs

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Storied Quilts

Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting
Friday, January 24th
Selina Quilts
LimeLeaves Design
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Domestic Felicity
DayBrook Designs
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Coming Up: 
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
Swap Mob Bag
2019 Monthly Color Block Quilt Finish (1/31)

Linking Up:
What I Made Monday

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My Favorite Tools

Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
LoveCrafts Affiliate
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Oliso Mini Iron
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Bluprint Quilting Classes
Clearly Perfect Angles
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Slotted Triangle Trimmer