Welcome! I’m so excited that today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 Blog Tour. If you are new to my blog, my name is Stephanie and you can read about me here.
I am so happy that my block, Mountains and Plains is included in this issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. There are so many designers in this issue that I admire.
I took inspiration for my block from the Rocky Mountains and all the wonderful scenery that I can take advantage of here in Colorado.
The fabrics I used in my block are Succulence by Bonnie Christine, the purples, greens and golds are a perfect palette to represent the mountains and the plains that lead up to them. Mountains and Plains is mostly made of half square triangles.
My favorite method for making half square triangles allows you to get 2 units from 2 squares. You want to cut 2 squares equal to the finished size of the half square triangle plus an additional 7/8″. So if you want a 5″ finished half square triangle, cut 2 squares at 5 7/8″.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of one of the fabrics using your favorite marking tool.
Sew 1/4″ from the diagonal line on both sides.
Cut on the diagonal line to separate the half square triangles.
Press to one side. Just like that you have 2 half square triangles. Make sure to trim off those extra ends so you don’t have any bulk in your quilt block. While this is a wonderful skill to have, I also have a useless talent of being a whiz at Classic Country trivia.
When I am working on blocks like this I also like to starch my fabrics prior to cutting. Generally, I get my fabrics soaked with starch and let them air dry. Once they are dry I press them and then I begin cutting. Starch helps to keep fabrics from shifting and stretching. There’s an article on the Quiltmaker’s site about starching and some additional pointers. There are some wonderful starches on the market but if you want to make your own you can do a google search to find some great recipes.
Mountains and Plains is a really versatile block. I came up with 3 variations for different layouts that I think would be fun to play with. I really love the center version.
Please be sure to visit all the other designers that are participating in today’s Blog Tour and to check out the giveaways. I have 4 copies of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 15 that I would like to giveaway. If you’re interested in winning a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks Vol. 15 be sure to sign up below. Entries will be open through May 7.