Friday, February 7, 2020

My "Delectable" Mountains

Riley Blake Designs has partnered with Atkinson Design Group, creating fabric of the stunning U.S. National Parks posters.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Grand Teton poster panel, something that is close to my heart.

I began designing in my EQ8 quilt software, downloading the images of supplemental fabrics I thought would lend themselves to this "poster"; all BASICS in Textures, Shades, Landscapes, and Solids.

I'd been wanting to try a pieced border of delectable mountain blocks after watching an online tutorial a few years back, and this was my chance.

Here's a quick tutorial to make one "Delectable Mountain" block, finishing at 5-1/2" x 9":

*  CUT (2) 6-1/2" squares, one print, one background.  I used Blue Spruce Shades paired with Cream Texture fabric.
*  DRAW a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background.
*  LAYER squares with right sides together.
*  STITCH on both sides of the line, then cut on the drawn line to yield two half-square triangles.

*  PRESS seam allowance toward the darker fabric.
*  TRIM blocks to 6" square.

*  STACK two trimmed blocks with right sides together, alternating the print and nestling the seam.  Make sure all the outer edges are also lined up.
*  CUT the stacked squares into thirds (2" strips).

*  ARRANGE the strips as diagrammed.

* STITCH the strips together in a row to make one block.  Should measure 9-1/2" x 6", unfinished.

This was a really fun block to make; simple and quick.  And I think it adds just the right touch to this design.

I made the borders and adjusted them so that my delectable mountain blocks would fit. Here is my best guess for the sizes of strips and the yardage required for the quilt:

CENTER PANEL, approx. 1 yard.  Trim the center panel to 34-1/2 x 42-1/2"
BACKGROUND (cream):  1-3/8 yards
1st border, 7/8 yard:  Cut (2) 4-1/2" x 42-1/2" for the side borders and (2) 5" x 42-1/2" wide strips for the top and bottom borders.  You may need to join strips end to end then trim to the correct size.
2nd border + Delectable Mountain blocks, 1-7/8 yards:  Cut (6) 4" x width of fabric strips. Join strips end to end and cut (2) 4" x 51-1/2" strips for sides and (2) 4" x 49-1/2" for top and bottom borders.
3rd border: 1/2 yard.  Cut (6) 2" x wof border strips.  Join end to end and cut (2) 58-1/2" for sides and (2) 52-1/2" for top and bottom border.  The quilt should measure 52-1/2" wide x 61-1/2" long before adding the delectable mountain blocks.

I pieced 22 total Delectable Mountain blocks:  6 blocks for each side border and 5 each for the top and bottom borders.  Refer to the tutorial above for instructions.  I then added an extra 2" strip on each end of each border with a triangle print on the corners (see picture for reference).   The side borders are added first.  Cut (4) 6" squares of background fabric and stitch to each end of the top and bottom borders.  Then add the top and bottom borders to finish. 

I used an overall quilting design called Angles by Anne Bright.

Love how the mountains are tessellated.  I'll have to play more with this block in another quilt.  

I have many memories of this wonderful place.  My Dad was a school teacher, and during the summers he drove a produce truck, delivering fresh fruits, vegetables and other groceries to various restaurants in Star Valley and Jackson Hole Wyoming, as well as the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  My Mom, sisters and I would sometimes meet him on his route for picnics and occasionally I'd get to ride in the truck.  I came to love those places.  In my college years I got a job in a lodge on Jackson Lake working summers as a breakfast chef and waitress.  I awoke to the beauty of this mountain range every morning.

Even now, I claim them as my mountains.  So stunningly beautiful.  I've hiked several of the trails, even swam in a lake near one of the glaciers about halfway up the face of the Grand.  Never made it to the top, though, too high!  It stands at 13,775 feet above sea level, and towers over Jackson Hole as a majestic sentinel.  I'll have to go back to this place for a visit soon!

Look for this and other of your favorite National Park panels at your local quilt shop or online retailer.  I found it listed online at Cute Little Fabric Shop!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I love this, Deonn! I'd seen that Riley Blake had released Grand Teton panels and was wondering the best way to use one. Now I know. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love your quilt! I've seen several panels of this line, and bought some of the prints. It's really good to see a border on the panel: I'm just not good at visualizing a finished product!!! :-) You picked out a perfect block to frame those lovely mountains!! Hugs, H

  3. That's my backyard too! I will always love those mountains. My father was a forest ranger there for a time. I have to make him this quilt. I love the border.

  4. Oh, I understand how you think those are your mountains: 'my' mountains are the Sawtooths, a few mountain ranges west of the Tetons! Like you, I let others roam around enjoy 'my' mountains when I'm not around! I love your border for this quilt. Perfect!

  5. Love what you did with the panel. I adore the panels of all my favorite places.

  6. Beautiful quilt of my favorite mountains!!! They are so rugged and amazing!!!

  7. Your memories are so special. The quilt is spectacular, I love how you made the mountain border. I have some of the panels, and I think I'd like to follow your inspiration. Thanks, Deonn!

  8. Love this! What are the dimensions for the borders?

    1. Thanks Pam. I've just updated this post with yardage and cutting instructions for the borders.

  9. What size does this come out to? Lovely!

    1. The finished quilt size is approx. 64" x 73". Just right for the perfect lap quilt.

  10. I just came across this post as I was searching for ideas of ways to use these panels (I have quite a collection). I love what you have done here. I am going to try some of these delectable mountain blocks to use with the panels I am trying to border. Thanks, Deonn!


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