Mountain Meadow Quilt Pattern

Mountain meadow quilt

Mountain meadow quilt

For the mountain meadow quilt I have used eight of the blocks of that name together with a pinwheel block in the middle.  It’s a lovely block and I’m really pleased with the way the quilt has turned out.  It measures 52″ square, using nine 16″ finished size blocks and I needed 1.1/2 yards each of green and brown together with 1 yard of white fabric.

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Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the mountain meadow quilt blocks

4.1/2″ squares:  thirty two green

2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two brown

2.7/8″ squares:  sixty four brown, sixty four white

4.7/8″ squares:  sixteen brown, sixteen white

For the alternate block you will need:

7.7/8″ squares:  two brown, two green

1.1/2″ by 7.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ lengths of green, cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Place two squares with 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.

Make these in brown and white using the 2.7/8″ and 4.7/8″ squares, and in brown and green using the 7.7/8″ squares.

Make the mountain meadow quilt blocks

Mountain meadow quilt block layout

Mountain meadow quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown. The middle of the block is made with the half square triangles made from 4.7/8″ squares.  These are placed so that the white triangles form a diamond in the middle of the block.

On each edge of this central square place a brown rectangle.  Against each rectangle place four of the small half square triangles made from 2.7/8″ squares.  Place these so that the white triangles form two larger triangles pointing towards the middle in each set of four.  Add a 4.1/2″ green square in each corner.

This doesn’t immediately look like a terribly simple block to put together, but as usual each small step is simple.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

First of all sew the small half square triangles together in strips of four.  Sew the four half square triangles in the middle first in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to make a four patch unit.

Now you can sew the brown rectangles to the strips of half square triangles, making a sort of crown shape on each edge of the central unit.

As you can see, you now have three rows of blocks.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the mountain meadow quilt block.

Pinwheel block layout

Pinwheel block layout

Making the pinwheel block

This is simplicity itself.  Place the four large brown/green half square triangles in a pinwheel formation as shown.  Lay the two smaller white rectangles above and below the pinwheel with the two longer white rectangles on the sides.

Sew the four half square triangles together first to create a four patch unit.  Then sew the white to the top and bottom.  Finally sew the two white rectangles to the sides.

Assembling the quilt

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Lay the blocks out in three rows of three.  Rows one and three are just three mountain meadow blocks together sewn together in a row.

Row two

Row two

For row two place the pinwheel block in the middle with a mountain meadow block on either side.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Quilt border

Quilt border

Add the border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the mountain meadow 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:

Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square

Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend some time in London.  Of course the Christmas lights and decorations were amazing, but there are two images that will stay with me.

One was of this enormous hand with a very long raised thumb which is the latest exhibit on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

The basic message according to the label is ‘think positive’  or ‘really good’ and I’m all for that.

Santa and polar bear

Santa and polar bear

The second image that really tickled me was this one in a shop window showing Santa sitting on a polar bear’s lap having his own Christmas treat.  What a lovely image!  I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t remember which shop window this was, other than that it was one of the big stores in Regent Street.




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