More Delectable Mountains

As you might remember, I carried on quite a debate with myself about making a red and white Delectable Mountains quilt. After a mildly disappointing experience with the pink and brown one (and finish photos still to come,) I decided to move on. Next up was the red and white Ohio medallion from the early 1800s. And after that I quilted the happy quilt you saw in “Unstitched.” (I’m sewing the binding down now, so you’ll get a finish photo of it soon, too.)

But I couldn’t shake the idea of making Delectable Mountains again. This time I wanted to use red and white, to enter in my guild’s special exhibit at our upcoming show. And I wanted to try it using the “modern” technique for making blocks, rather than the “traditional” method.

Though I purchased a reproduction red print earlier this year, I decided to update the quilt not just with method but also with fabrics. In my stash were a few pieces of red with similar background color and a more upbeat vibe. One has long been a favorite. It’s a Hawaiian-style print I bought at a guild auction a few years ago. There were several yards, and I’ve used it in various ways over the years. Another was a quilt shop purchase and used in other favorite quilts.

I did have one glitch as I began this project. I made the first set of Delectable Mountains blocks using Kona solid “Snow.” I started making the corner blocks from Kona solid “White,” pieces of which were in my stash from a long-ago project. I thought they were the same color, but they’re not, and that became all too obvious when the blocks were side by side. I rebuilt the corner blocks and tossed all the scraps of “White” in a pile away from my working pile. It was a little discouraging, but I bounced back. πŸ™‚

I’m planning to add one more round of Delectable Mountains blocks, and then use the last bits of the Hawaiian print to cobble together an outer border. Depending on the width I can eke out of the print, it will finish at about 80″ square.

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16 thoughts on “More Delectable Mountains

  1. katechiconi

    Ooh, lovely big red floral! I hate problems with whites; my frequent mistake is to sew in a white on white print block back to front so the printing’s on the back. Oh, how it shows….

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      That type of diagonal line probably isn’t traditional. I’ve seen stars used as corner blocks, marching outward. I’ve seen a diagonal line on a new DM or two. Not sure I’ve seen it on antique ones. Either way, it isn’t my original idea. I did start with just a double 4-patch and found it looked too big and clunky, so modified to the 6 dots of red, instead of 4. My design? Not sure, but not really.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I think I’ll stick with the “snow” white, primarily because I have it already! πŸ™‚ But in fact I agree with you that the white-white helps accentuate the center, providing a little better balance for those outrageous pointy/jaggy blocks.

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