Wahoo – I have a new quilt pattern out today! This pattern is called Mountainside and is a FQ friendly, stash-busting quilt. You can find it in the shop over here.
Our little balcony area (seen below) provided the inspiration for this quilt. It has a comfy outdoor IKEA lounge and a rug I ordered online. It gets chilly out there in winter, so it needed a quilt (please don’t remind me of all the already-made quilts in my cupboards!)
I wanted something with some angles (to work with the rug) but didn’t feel like making the commitment to a full log cabin. So I went with mountains instead!
Mountainside has instructions for five quilt sizes:
Baby – 45″ x 56½”
Throw – 68″ x 79″
Twin – 68″ x 90½”
Queen – 90½” x 102″
King – 113″ x 113″
The pattern is fat quarter friendly, which makes it a great pattern for stash reduction. (Fabric requirements can be seen in the shop listing.) If you’re anything like me you might keep your fabrics in colour piles. Well, each of those piles is a Mountainside quilt waiting to be made.
All you need to do is choose a contrasting colour for the “mountains” and you’re set. (The mountains can be made from yardage or there are also instructions for cutting from FQs.) Hmm, white or silver mountains for a Christmas quilt? Perhaps both?
Throw Size Mountainside
My version of Mountainside you see here is the throw size, made in an array of Ruby Star Society fabrics. I really loved the teal colour appearing in several of their fabric lines, so I cherry picked the teal/deep turquoise/navy fabrics and combined them to make this quilt. One of the lovely things about Ruby Star Society’s fabric lines is how nicely the colours all work together.
The white mountains are also Ruby Star Society fabrics – mainly from this delightful range of speckled fabric*.
Lyn’s Quilt Cottage did the quilting for me – a honeycomb pattern using a charcoal grey thread. I love the way it looks like silver against the teal, but is quite dark against the white.
I made my backing from yardage of this very cool Sarah Watts tiger print (Ruby Star Society).
The backing needed 2 widths of fabric and I took the time to match the pattern on them before sewing together (I’ve a tutorial on this here). Now I have an army of fully formed tigers lounging around on the back of my quilt (much like I will be underneath it!)
I used the left over strips from the backing (which was oversized for long-arming) for the binding. For speed I completely machine attached the binding.
I used many, many mini clips* to hold it in place and had it sewn down in record time.
Baby Size Mountainside
I also made a baby size version of the pattern to clear out some of my low-volume fabrics. When I realised the baby size of the Mountainside quilt could be used as a backing for the baby size of my Snowball Party quilt pattern I was very happy.
I basted this one on my tile floor, which made it easy to make sure the backing stayed straight and level all around. I just lined up the mountains on the same tile rows as I taped it down.
So there you have it! A quick and easy way to get those FQs out of your stash and into a beautiful Mountainside quilt.
If you’d like to make your own Mountainside quilt you can find the pattern over here in the shop.
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