Dec 20: Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Rocky Mountains is a traditional quilt block. Generally, it would have a light background, and dark “peaks” surrounding a center square. It’s a great block for framing a “fussy cut” of a novelty print. I switched the dark and light fabrics to give us snow-capped mountain peaks on a darker background to go with our holiday theme..

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

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6″ Block 12″ Block
From white fabric, cut (5) 2 3/8” squares From white fabric, cut (5) 3 7/8” squares
From solid red fabric, cut (5) 2 3/8” squares, (2) 2” squares From solid red fabric, cut (5) 3 7/8” squares, (2) 3½” squares
From red print, cut: (1) 3½” square From red print, cut: (1) 6½” square

NOTE: The instructions below are for the 12″ finished block, with changes for the 6″ finished block in parentheses.

Step 1: Cut each of the 3 7/8″ (2 3/8″) red solid squares and white solid squares on the diagonal. Sew into ten half square triangles (HSTs).

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Step 2: Sew two sets of three HSTs so they look like the photo. Be sure the solid red is on the upper right and the solid white is on the lower left.

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Add a 3 1/2″ (2″) solid red square to the left end of each set.

Step 3: Sew the remaining HSTs into two pairs so they look like the photo. Be sure the solid red is on the lower right and the solid white is on the upper left.

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Step 4: Sew the HST pairs to the sides of your 6 1/2″ (3 1/2″) center square. Be sure the white edge is against the center square.

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Step 5: Sew the HST strips to the top and bottom of the center square unit. Be sure the solid red square is on the left end of the top row and the right end of the bottom row.

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This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

If your Christmas shopping and gift wrapping is all finished, you have time to whip up a quick Rocky Mountain Christmas tablerunner this weekend. The pattern is free on my blog, Seams Like a Plan now!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Anne Wiens

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