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Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial

I’m so loving this fun project idea from Amy Chappell of Ameroonie Designs where she’s modified my Improv Patchwork Forest Trees to create these super fun Snow-Capped Mountain quilt block tutorial. And look how cute they look together! Amy will show you the step by step instructions here.

Snow-capped Mountain Block -a tutorial by Ameroonie Designs 

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a quilt with mountain quilt blocks.
Hi! I’m Amy from Ameroonie Designs. This pattern will show you how to make a snow-capped mountain block. The tutorial is based on the modern tree block designed by Amy Smart of Diary of a quilter and can be found here.

Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial

Instructions for this block yield 3 blocks at a time to minimize waste.

All seam allowances are 1/4”. Please read directions all the way through before beginning.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of three rectangular pieces of fabric.

Cut 3 rectangles 8 1/2” X 10 1/2”. There should be contrast between the three fabrics in both color and scale to make the different parts of the mountain clear.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cut up pieces of fabric. Cut the first side of the mountain. Make sure the bottom edge of the mountain is more than 1/2” away from the edge of the fabric to allow for squaring and trimming. Slide the cut off piece away from the rest of the fabric.

Cut the second side of the mountain. Again the bottom should be more than 1/2” away from the edge of the fabric. You will also need to make sure the top of the mountain is not too close to the top of the fabric, allow at least 3/4”. Slide the second side away.

Slice the snow cap on the top of the mountain. You can choose to angle the mountain any way you like.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cut up pieces of fabric.

Take the top fabric off of the snow cap and place it behind the other two pieces of fabric.

Take the bottom fabric piece of the mountain section and place it on top. This way you have three different fabrics for each mountain block.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of fabric cut in the shape of mountains.

Place the snow cap on top of the mountain piece right sides together. Line up the edges where you cut them apart. Pin in place and sew.

Press the snow cap away from the mountain.

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the sides of the mountain so they line up with the snow cap.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of fabric cut in the shape of mountains.

Take your mountain piece and line it up with the second background piece you cut. PIeces should be right sides together. Center your mountain along the straight edge.

Press the background away from the mountain. Trim up the background to line up with the free side of the mountain.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of fabric mountains.

Pin the last background piece to the free side of the mountain and sew in place.

Press the background piece away from the mountain.

Square up your block to 7” X 9” using the bottom of the mountain as your reference.

These mountain blocks are so fun and can be resized for any project. I recommend adding 1 1/2” – 2” to the finished size of mountain you want to make to have plenty of room for trimming and squaring your blocks.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a pillow with mountain quilt blocks.

I used the 18” pillow panel from the In The forest fabric line to make this mini quilt, adding in some wonky stars and Amy’s darling trees. It was a fun quick make. I also added a backing so I could use it as a floor pillow as well if I wanted. I like having options.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of various fabric squares from The Forest Fabric line.

The In The Forest fabric, including the Dream Big panel by Riley Blake can be found here, here and here.

If you want to see how I do a pillow back for mini quilts, you can read my method for a hidden zipper pillow back here.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a fabric toddler backpack and a fox pillow.

I also sewed up my Toddler backpack in this darling In the Forest fabric and it turned out SO cute! 

If you are looking for more mini quilt ideas, you might love this The Best Gift mini quilt which uses very simple Foundation Paper Piecing.

 Snow-capped Mountain Quilt Block Tutorial by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a quilt with mountain quilt blocks.

Thanks so much Amy! I love the way this block pairs with the cute In the Forest panel too. So many fun options with this mountain quilt block variation. Let me know if you try it!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Paula
    November 18, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Adorable!

    • Reply
      Charlotte Dunn
      November 19, 2019 at 6:41 am

      I just wanted to tell you how glad I am to see you demonstrate this tree. I don’t know how I managed to make it difficult, but I did. I tried sewing in the same order I cut. Not pretty. Needless to say it was like a gift when I saw your blocks come together. It made all the difference starting with a larger piece than I needed. Thank you so sew much. Merry Christmas. Theres endless possibilities with this block now. Love your teaching and your work. I see lots of trees in my future.

  • Reply
    Jocelyn
    November 18, 2019 at 9:30 am

    So pretty!

  • Reply
    arlene houston
    November 23, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    This is adorable. I was wondering about the star block in the corner. Can you tell us what the sizes are for it?

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 27, 2019 at 8:21 am

      I will ask Amy Chappell more about that one.

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