Heeeeey-oh! How are we doin', Mod Mountaineers? You still with me? The next two weeks get reeeeally exciting, so I want to make sure that your bags are packed and you're geared up for a sewing adventure!
If you're brand new to this Mod Mountains sew along, let me catch you up on a few things before beginning this week's climb. (And by climb, I mean leisurely stroll...but obvi while still looking cute in our mountaineering gear. We're like, the glam squad of mountaineering. Glam-aineering. Nope, nope that didn't work. Am I still talking about this? uhum. Back to the sew along.)
Click here to get your Mod Mountains quilt pattern and scroll to the bottom of this post for this week's prize details. If you are just hearing about this sew along for the first time, I encourage you to read this introductory blog post on all of the details, prizes and schedule. If you would prefer a shorter, bulleted list, check out the Mod Mountains Week 1 recap.
Mod Mountains Sew Along Schedule
- Week 1, April 10: Pick fabric and gather supplies. If you would like to change the layout of the mountains, finalize your altered layout.
- Week 2, April 17: Extra time to gather fabric and supplies
- Week 3, April 24: Cut fabric
- Week 4, May 1: Sew Color 2 triangles
- Week 5, May 8: Sew Color 3 triangles
- Week 6, May 15: Sew 5 triangle rows together
- Week 7, May 22: Sew the remaining 5 triangle rows together
- Week 8, May 29: Sew all rows together and add the borders
Mod Mountains Sew Along Weeks 4 & 5
Before you ask, let me answer a couple questions you may have – "Why are you combining Weeks 4 and 5? Are you combining the prizes??"
The first answer is because Colors 2 and 3 are a loose guide in the pattern. Many of you, including myself, combined both colors to make a scrappier version of Mod Mountains. If you are sticking with one color group for Color 2 and a second color group for Color 3, simply stick to the schedule and sew 24 mini mountains this week and 25 mini mountains next week.
The second answer is nope! Two weeks = two prizes!!
Note: After posting the pictures below, I see now that I flipped my sewing process. The pattern has you sewing the opposite side first. Well, as you can see, it really doesn't matter which side you sew first, as long as the base of your triangle is still large enough that you have room to trim.
Above you can see that I'm sporting my favorite notion, the magnetic slap bracelet pin holder. No quilt-aineer (did that work better?) should leave home without one.
Colors 2 & 3 Triangle Tips
By now you most likely have all of your pieces cut and you're ready to sew strips to triangles. Reference pages 3 of the pattern for step by step illustrations on how to do that. In the instructions you press your seams towards the darker fabric. I will usually say this in my patterns because I have a deathly fear of dark vogue threads showing up under my light fabric once everything has been quilted.
If you do not share this fear, or if you are using fabrics that are darker than light gray (whites and creams can give you trouble), press your seams open or out away from Template C. Basically, just do what feels right here and don't get bogged down by what I tell you in the pattern.
Using a Clear Vinyl Template A
If you created your own Template A from a clear vinyl sheet, similar to what we did in the Modern Fans quilt pattern, trimming these mini mountain blocks will be a snap. Simply lay your template down, adjust it to the level of wonkiness you like, and trim! Since you can see all three sides of the triangle at once, there's no extra measuring.
Using a 60-Degree Triangle Ruler
If you are using a ruler, I find it easiest to trim the bottom first, then line up that edge with the 6 ¾" guideline on the ruler. See below for pictures of my cutting process. The exact triangle ruler I am using is the Clearview 60-degree ruler and I have added ruler grips to stop it from sliding.
Before doing any trimming, I lay my ruler on top of the block to get as sense of where the base of the triangle will be.
The Week 4 Prize
This week is sponsored by the one, the only, Cottoneer Fabrics. Cottoneer is a friend of SQ and has curated some beautiful bundles to go along with the Mod Mountains pattern. There are still a couple bundles left of both the Montana-inspired quilt (sample quilt on the pattern cover) and also the linen version I am currently making. Use coupon code suzyq10 for 10% off purchases of $50 or more. This excludes preorders and expires after May 31, 2019.
As this week's prize, Cottoneer is giving away a $75 shopping spree for anything on the site! AND this is open internationally. 🙂
How to Win the Week 4 Prize:
- Photo prompt for Instagram: Post a picture of your Mod Mountains progress. It can really be anything. Don't overthink it, just be sure to use #ModMountainsSA.
- You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.
- Each photo posted is an entry and you can enter as many times as you want in a single week. Once the week is over, those posts do not count in the next week's giveaway. Every week we start fresh.
- Your photo must be posted between 12:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and 1:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
- This prize is open to international contestants.
- The winner will be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and announced on Instagram at approximately 4:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
The Week 5 Prize
Quilty friends, this is a gooood one to win. Like, so good. Should I just keep talking about how great this prize is and never actually tell you what it is??
OK OK, the Week 5 prize is FREE edge-to-edge longarm quilting by Lady Belle Quilting. I KNOW! FREE quilting on a single throw quilt! Lady Belle Quilting is also currently offering 20% off edge-to-edge longarm quilting services on one quilt if you mention this Suzy Quilts promotion in the special notes section of your order. This offer expires June 30, 2019.
How to Win the Week 5 Prize:
- Same basic rules apply as above for Week 4.
- Your photo must be posted between 12:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and 1:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
- This prize is open to international contestants.
- The winner will be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and announced on Instagram at approximately 4:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Sew Along Discounts
Lady Belle Quilting is currently offering 20% off edge-to-edge longarm quilting services on one quilt if you mention this Suzy Quilts promotion in the special notes section of your order. This offer expires June 30, 2019.
Finch Knitting and Sewing Studio is offering 15% off online and in person purchases with coupon code MODMTS15 during the duration of the Mod Mountains sew along. This is a one time offer valid on your entire order. Cannot be combined with other sales or coupons. Expires at the end of the Mod Mountains sew along, June 4, 2019.
Oliso irons are always 20% off with code suzyquilts20. This is an ongoing thing, but just thought you should know.