The Mountain Homespun quilt is a very big block and I have made this quilt using just one block and several borders. The block is actually classified as a twenty four patch, which is quite unusual.
The quilt measures 51″ square and I have used 3/4 yard each of blue and brown with 1.1/2 yards of white fabric. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer – but hurry as I only have enough fabric for three kits.
For the blue and brown fabrics I have used two rather lovely fabrics from Fabric Freedom’s Geometrix range. The white is not actually white, but needs to be a light fabric – I have used a Tonal Vineyard cream colour.
Cutting requirements for the mountain homespun quilt
3.1/2″ squares: twenty blue, sixteen white
9.1/2″ squares: one white
3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: eight white
1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: four white, eight brown – but read the pattern before you cut these as they can be most easily made by sewing strips of fabric together
For borders one and three you will need eight 3.1/2″ strips of white fabric cut across the width of fabric
For border two: fifty two 3.1/2″ squares in blue and in brown – again these can be made with strip piecing
Making the mountain homespun quilt block
I have made the rectangle of 1.1/2″ strips by sewing together 1.1/2″ strips of brown, white, brown and then cutting this panel at 9.1/2″ intervals. You need four of these rectangles.
I find that this is a more simple method than sewing together 9.1/2″ strips of the three fabrics individually.
I’ve shown the first part of the layout separately here so that you can see what a simple block this is. There is a 9.1/2″ white square in the middle. On each edge of this square there are three rectangles: one white, one made with three strips and then another white. As you can see, this just leaves the space for four corner blocks.
The corner blocks are nine patch units made with blue and white squares: five blue and four white.
Sew together the squares within each nine patch unit and sew together the three rectangles on each edge of the central square. You will then have nine blocks arranged in three rows of three and you can sew the blocks together across each row. Sew the rows to each other to complete the mountain homespun quilt block.
Adding the quilt borders
For the first border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of white fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 27.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 33.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border I have used alternating 3.1/2″ squares of blue and brown.
These are most easily made by sewing together 3.1/2″ strips of blue and brown. Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles. You’ll need to do this with five strips each of blue and brown.
Sew these rectangles together with blue and brown squares alternating. Make two lengths of eleven rectangles and two lengths of fifteen rectangles. Sew the smaller strips to the top and bottom of the quilt and the longer strips to the sides.
Make sure that the squares continue to alternate around the corners.
For the third border I have returned to the 3.1/2″ strips of white fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the mountain homespun quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I’ve been sent some details by the Quilter’s Guild for a really interesting event that will be taking place during the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August this year. It sounds like great fun. I am considering entering a team in the Game of Quitls, so I’m looking for up to five quilters to join me. You don’t need to be an experienced quilter – just an enthusiastic one. Please email me if you are interested.
Here’s the information about the Game of Quilts:
Game of Quilts is all about teams completing a quilt from the first cut to the last stitch on the label during the 7 hours that the Festival of Quilts is open each day.
You have complete freedom over your designs but you will be given a set block to include in the quilt. Any style, technique and material (child-safe). The organisers supply equipment and wadding. This is not a competition and there is no knock-out of teams. All are winners in that you will achieve something very special in aid of a very special cause. The quilts will be handed to Project Linus at the end of the Festival to be given to children in The Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Most of all it’s FUN! Free tickets for each person entering. Get together a team of six and take it in turns to be on the stand and see the rest of the show!
For more information see the website http://gameofquilts.wix.com/gameofquilts