Go Tell it on the Mountain

Hi!  I’m Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts.  I’m excited to share this quilt with you!  I made a quilt in the delectable mountain pattern with charm squares that is in my book Simply Charming Fun.  When I showed it to a friend of mine, she suggested I make one with a layer cake.  What a great idea!  When I saw Grace by 3 Sisters, I knew that is what I wanted to make my quilt out of.  I used a different layout with the pattern for this queen size quilt.

As I sewed the quilt, I thought about the name of the fabric, Grace, and about the Christmas Season.  Combining that with the delectable mountain pattern that I was sewing, the name “Go Tell it on the Mountain” came.  I liked it because it made me feel like singing while I was sewing. 

A layer cake makes this traditional pattern quick and fun!

1 Grace Layer Cake
5 1/2 yards of background and binding fabric
2 2/3 yards of border fabric
7 1/2 yards of backing fabric

9 1/2″ square ruler or larger

Cutting Instructions:

1.  Cut the background and binding fabric into the following strips the width of the fabric:

            A.  6 — 10″ strips
                        a.  Sub cut into 24 — 10″ squares
            B.  4 — 9 1/2″ strips
                        a.  Sub cut into 16 — 9 1/2″ squares
            C.  12 — 2″ strips
                        a.  Sub cut into 48 — 2 x 9 1/2″ rectangles
            D.  18 — 2 1/2″ strips
                        a.  set aside 8 strips for the inner border
                        b.  set aside 10 strips for the binding

2.  Cut the large border fabric into 9 — 9 1/2″ strips the width of the fabric

Sewing Instructions:

1.  Take 24 of the layer cake squares and the 24 — 10″ background squares.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the layer cake squares.

2.  Take one layer cake squares and one 10″ background square.  Place them right sides together and sew a scant 1/4″ seam on BOTH sides of the line and cut on the line as shown below.
3.  Repeat with all 24 layer cake squares and 24 background squares.  This will make 48 half square triangles.  Square up to 9 1/2″ as shown below.


4.  Press open as shown below.  Make two identical stacks of 24 half square triangles.

5.  **CAUTION**  Each stack will be cut differently.  There are two half square triangles from each layer cake fabric.  Make sure that the two identical halves are cut differently.  Also, sometimes using this method, you can cut two at a time as shown below.  This is NOT one of those times.  I tested this for you.  I probably should have picked a new layer cake square, but I decided to leave it.  If you cut two at a time this way, your mountains won’t match up.     

6.  Now that you know what not to do, take one of the stacks and cut it into three 3″ strips as shown below.  The leftover should be mostly background with a small corner from the layer cake print.  I actually liked to cut and sew one block at a time, so I didn’t get things mixed up.

7.  After you cut the three 3″ strips, swap the two outer strips and add one of the 2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangles to one side as shown below.

8.  Sew strips together to make one block.  Repeat with that stack only to make 24 of the right side of the mountain.  The block should measure 9 1/2.”

9.  Now for the other stack.  It gets cut into 3″ strips with the diagonal starting in the opposite direction as shown.  The leftover piece is still mostly background with a small corner from the layer cake print.


10.  Then, just as before, switch the two outer strips, add one 2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangle and sew them together as shown below.


11.  Repeat with all 24 half square triangles from the second stack to make 24 left sides of the mountain blocks.  This block should also measure 9 1/2.”

12.  Take all 48 of your mountain blocks and the 16 — 9 1/2″ background squares and layout the quilt as shown. 

13.  Sew the blocks into rows.  Press.  Then sew the rows together.  Press.  The quilt center should measure 72 1/2″ x 72 1/2.”

14.  Take the 8 — 2 1/2″ background strips for the inner border.  Sew them together into 4 pairs.  Trim two pairs to 72 1/2″ or the length of your quilt center.  Sew these to the left side and right side of the quilt.  Press.

15.  Trim the other two pairs to 76 1/2″ or the length of your quilt center with the two side borders added.  Sew these two lengths to the top and bottom of your quilt.

16.  Take the 9 — 9 1/2″ border strips.  Take 8 of them and sew them into 4 pairs.  Take the last strip and cut it in half.  Sew each half to one long border length. 

17.  Trim the two shorter lengths into 76 1/2″ or the length of the two sides of your quilt.  Sew these lengths to the left side and right side of the quilt.  Press.

18.  Trim the two longer lengths into 94 1/2″ or the length of the top and bottom of your quilt.  Sew these lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press.

19.  Cut the backing fabric into 2 — 3 yard pieces and one 1 1/2 yard piece.  Cut the 1 1/2 yard piece in half along the fold parallel to the selvage.  Sew them back together along the short side so the length is about 20″ x 3 yards.  Sew this lengths between the 2 wider three yard pieces to make the backing.

20.  Quilt as desired.  I quilted it with a paisley design.  Use the 10 — 2 1/2″ strips for binding.

One queen size quilt 94″ square.

Because this quilt only takes 24 layer cake squares, there are enough squares leftover to make a smaller quilt.  It takes 12 squares to make the center two rings of mountains.

Happy Quilting!

Konda Luckau
{Moose on the Porch Quilts}

Hidden Stars Quilt

Hello Everyone,  I’m Crystal from over at Hendrixville.  I am proud to present another Moda Bake Shop Quilt! I had a lot of fun putting this quilt together, and even though there are a lot of little pieces, it assembles quickly!

Hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!

*This block I saw on someone’s blog and searched all over to find the instructions to it, or even find the name of the block. With no luck I decided to re-create it.*

(2) Grace by 3 Sisters Layer Cakes
(2) Basic Bella White Layer Cakes

3/4 yard Bella White
1 1/2 yard brown fabric (this is your last border color)
3/4 yard for binding (any color you like)
8 yards for backing (any color you like)

I know that at first glance this quilt/block looks very hard, but the hardest part is having all the pieces facing the right way. Hopefully these step-by-step instructions will help!

Here are your cutting instructions:

Once you have cut out all the squares, we will start making our HST’s (Half Square Triangles).

Take your white 3 1/8″ squares and draw a diagonal line. You can use a fancy quilting pen, regular pen, marker, or pencil. You will cut on this line so just don’t use something that is really thick.

Once you have the line drawn, pin the square right sides together with a colored square. 

Sew 1/4″ along each side of the line you drew. The fastest way to do this is chain stitching. Chain stitching is when you continually feed in the fabric leaving a little space of thread between each.

Once you have your squares sewn together, cut on the line – splitting them into two.

Press each square toward the colored fabric.

At this point you need to trim up your squares. Depending on how straight your stitching is, you might have to trim more to make sure all squares are the same. If you do this, make sure you cut down your plain squares (white and colored) to the same size. In this case, just trim your block to 2 3/4″ squares.

I am going to show you ONE way you could put together your blocks:

Layout all of your squares into this pattern, then sew the rows together and then columns or…

Separate them into 16 mini blocks (4 squares in each)

Then increase them to larger blocks (16 squares each)

Then finish up your whole block. Depending on you and how you visualize your quilts you can try this or:

Separate all of your little squares into this pattern. This is where you can randomize your color schemes. But the block is made up of 8 of each of these. (8 white based ones and 8 color based ones). Leaving you a total of 160 of each.

Then you will create this star with all of your little pieces. This star rotates to get every position. Then you assemble the quilt.

Assembling the Quilt Top:

You will need to sew together a grid of 4X5. Sew anyway you want them to go together, but again make sure you assemble them correctly (watch for accidentally turning a block the wrong way).

Then you will have all your squares like this.

Then you will add the 1st set of your boarders.

Then add your second set of borders:
Now you have your quilt top done! 

Now baste, bind, and quilt as desired. A good way to use your scraps from your layer cakes is to create a pieced section on the back of your quilt.

In the end you will have a quilt approximately 88″x106″, a nice quilt for you bed. This quilt will fit either a queen or a full size bed.

Crystal Hendrix