Mountain Homespun Quilt

Mountain homespun quilt

Mountain homespun quilt

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.

Mountain homespun quilt block

Mountain homespun quilt block

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

Sew three strips together

Sew three strips together

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.

Partial layout for the mountain homespun quilt block

Partial layout for the mountain homespun quilt block

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.

Full layout

Full layout

The corner blocks are nine patch units made with blue and white squares:  five blue and four white.

Sew the nine patch units first

Sew the nine patch units first

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.

Add the first border

Add the first border

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.

Sew blue and brown strips together

Sew blue and brown strips together

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 the rectangles into strips

Sew the rectangles into strips

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.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

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

or contact   Hilary:  or Jan:   (or me!).


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  1. Lesley Flynn says:

    There is a feature about last year’s Game of Quilts in the January issue of British Patchwork and Quilting and details for this year’s competition (p31). The website is
    It looks like a lot of fun. I did go to Festival of Quilts last year but didn’t come across this (but there is so much to see!) Good luck.
    I love your quilts and have made a few based on your designs.

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    I love your quilt! It’s on my list for this spring! I would love to participate in your Game of Quilts. Sadly I am located in the US and cannot swing the airfare this year! hehehe! It sounds like so much fun! Good luck getting your team together!

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt so simple but so elegant. I can definitely make this one. Hope you find enough quilters to take part in the Quilt Game. I am too far away. Soon the builders will be gone and you can decorate you kitchen your way.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.

    • Thanks, Sandra. Glad you like the quilt. The kitchen is already a great improvement on what it was, so I know that it will be worth while having it re fitted.

  4. Rose I like this big block and the borders are lovely. Hope you get “volunteers” to take
    part in the game of quilts. Does the quilt have to be an original?
    I guess at this stage you must feel the builders have moved in permanently (lol)
    Thanks Rose for the pattern.

    • Hi Mary. I don’t think that the quilt has to be an original, but I haven’t seen a copy of the rules. Yes, the builders seem to have been here for ever, but it will be worth it in the long run.

  5. Hi Rose, Another lovely quilt. I just can’t get over how skilled you are. Here I am struggling with the 1/2 square triangles. I should have sewn two strips together before cutting the squares and the pairs are not coming out even. In any case, I will sticking with it and I have completed 2 blocks with 14 more to go. I know I’ll be pleased with the outcome because it’s such a beautiful pattern.

    • Hi Claire. Well done to you for trying and persevering. It will become easier the more you make – and it’s amazing how a few tugs help when you’re sewing the blocks together!

  6. I love this quilt. It definitely comes on my to do list. It’s so simple, yet so appealing. 🙂
    Concerning the quilt game, it’s sad, that I’m so far away. Seems to be a funny challenge. I hope you’ll find 5 fellow quilters to join.

    • Thanks, Danele. Glad you like the quilt. I think that they had the Game of Quilts last year at the Festival, but I didn’t visit it.

  7. These two colours compliment each other so well…brings to mind a certain school uniform 😀 The competition sounds gruelling – will have to keep an eye out to see if you go ahead.

    • Hi June. Yes, those colours do hold memories! The Quilt Game is meant to be a load of fun – making a quilt between six people in three days should leave plenty of time for looking around the show and enjoying ourselves.