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.

16 thoughts on “More Delectable Mountains

  1. zippyquilts

    I like it! And red-and-white is working out better than the pink did–probably because of my modern aesthetic rather than any intrinsic “betterness” πŸ™‚

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Mary. I like both color combinations. I think where the pink/brown went wrong was in the balance. (Okay, there were other issues, too, but I think that was the main one.)

  2. snarkyquilter

    Having the white/white solid in the center helps accentuate that star. If you really wanted to continue that theme, you could use an ecru solid in your last round.

    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.

    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.

  3. 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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