I have been making Delectable Mountains lately. I have used a paper-piece pattern that Lara, from BuzzinBumble, has so generously provided. She has made a gorgeous quilt with these mountains. To see her quilt and her pattern, just click here.
I would not even have entertained the idea of making Delectable Mountains before. They certainly look complex. But Lara’s paper-pieced pattern has made it possible and I can proudly say that I made seven mountains. They measure 2″ by 4″. Here is a picture of the first three:
You can see that I added a piece of blue fabric on top of the mountains. This is because I will use these Delectable Mountains along with paper-pieced houses I have made last fall. They will be sewn on each side of a house:
I must say that I had some difficulties making them, even with Lara’s pattern. At first, I kept inverting the top and the bottom colors. Many times, I did not put the fabric at the right angle (before sewing). I even forgot to iron the fabric before cutting around the template. A few times. Lara indicated on her templates which way the seams should be ironned. Unfortunately, following that was beyond my capacities. All my focus was on getting the right fabric placed where it should be.
What complicated things was that I used a motif with straight lines for the mountains and I wanted them to be vertically or horizontally placed, but not in a diagonal. Ensued much fumbling with the pieces of fabric. (You should know that I unconsciously decided to place the template behind the blue fabric.) While doing the third mountain, I realized that the sewing line was at a 45 degree angle. That was almost a moment of illumination. 😉 I am not saying that, from then, everything went smoothly, but my speed of execution greatly improved. Now that my mountains are done, I realise that it would have been much easier to place the template behind my beige-with-lines fabric instead of behind the blue fabric (which could be used at every angle). Next time I will.
I have learned the importance of back stitching at the beginning and the end of the stitched lines. The stitches were taken apart when I removed the paper on the first mountain. I think that making the first block took me over an hour. After completing it, I was in great need of a strong cup of tea.
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