Delectable Mountain Quilt Block Pattern

Delectable mountain quilt block

Delectable mountain quilt block

Once again, I chose to make the Delectable Mountain quilt block because I like its name!  It’s also a very pretty block and easy to make if you don’t mind making half square triangle units.  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the delectable mountain quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  four white, twelve green

2.7/8″ squares:  twenty four green, twenty four white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a green and a white square right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Outer frame

Outer frame

Make the delectable mountain quilt block

I have shown the outer frame of the quilt block first.  There’s a white square in each corner and just inside each corner there are three green squares placed as a two and a one.

Between each pair of corners there are two sets of three green/white half square triangles.  Place the middle two of these so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  Then the correct placement of the rest of the half square triangles follows logically.

Delectable mountain quilt block layout

Delectable mountain quilt block layout

When the full layout is shown, the trick is to look for the larger shapes in order to make sure that the triangles are all facing in the correct direction.

The five white diamonds are an obvious first choice.  Then check that the four green shapes make crown shapes, forming the spokes of the central star.  As a final check, make sure that the overall white diamond enclosing the star is showing.

I had a slight problem in that I instinctively wanted to make those green shapes into diamonds.  This meant that I didn’t have a star shape and the big white diamond wasn’t complete, so it is worth standing back to look at these shapes to check them.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the delectable mountain quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Delectable mountain quilt ideas

I became a little carried away with quilt designs for this block.  The first design shows sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I like the way the triangles in the outer frame of each block appear to form sashing strips.

Add red to the middle of the blocks

Add red to the middle of the blocks

In the second design I added red to the middle of each block and a red border.

I think that this one is my favourite of the designs, although it would be a very large quilt!

Added sashing

Added sashing

Finally I tried adding red sashing to the second design, even though I had already settled on the second choice as my favourite.

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Rose

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  1. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Love this quilt. Makes me think of our Rocky Mountains as well as our Coastal Mountains in B.C. Canada. Thank you Rose. You are a talent!!
    Colleen

    • Thanks, Colleen. Much as I’d like to, I can’t take the credit for this block. It’s a traditional block and I have just shown you how to make it and how it would look in a quilt.

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