classic and vintage block - delectable mountains

My favorite quilt patterns are always based on the classics. They're perfect, well-loved patterns that we don't always see in today's modern world. I'm happy that Fat Quarter Shop is putting a spotlight on the Delectable Mountains block in their latest "Classic and Vintage Series."

So, after spending months considering a purchase of Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters, I finally bought the fat eighth bundle last week. I knew that it would make pretty mountain blocks. The fabric reminds me of sunwashed gardens and picket fences. (I write this as I sit in my dark, air conditioned living room... far, far away from sunwashed gardens and picket fences!)

This block actually looks more complicated than it is. The block pattern is free, and you can download your copy here. There is also an inexpensive pattern to turn your blocks into a quilt here. You'll definitely want to watch this short video. Kimberly walks us through how to construct the block, but I especially like the part on how to trim the block. I watched it as I was making my blocks, paused it at the trimming part, then scrolled back and watched the trimming part again. There's even a quilt kit with everything that you'll need for a Christmas version of the quilt here.

As I was making these blocks, I wondered exactly what is a Delectable Mountain, anyway? it sounds like a tasty treat, right? Well, no, it's not! A quick Google search took me to John Bunyan's book, The Pilgrim's Progress. It's a Christian allegory in which a Puritan named Christian travels through the Delectable Mountains on his way to the Celestial City. Many of you might already know this story, but I haven't read it. And somehow this book inspired the quilt block. 

Luckily we don't need to read the book in order to enjoy the quilt!

I'll be back on Monday with TWO new Snapshots quilt blocks! This month we're making the ice cream and camera blocks! See you soon.