April Block of the Month: Inspired by Mt.Hood

Check out my design for April’s block of the month! I chose to design a classic Northwest icon-Mt.Hood. If you have never been through the Gorge, you don’t know what you are missing. The magestic view of Mt.Hood is amazing; on a clear day she displays her beauty from almost angle. The first time I saw Mt.Hood in 2001, I knew this is where I wanted to live.

This is my first block design, using fusible applique as the main technique. I’ve always been a fan of photo art quilts, or really cool, kooky stuff, so I wanted to play around with how to make a landscape scene look 3d. April showers do bring May flowers, and we definitely get our fair share of rain here!

I started out with a pencil sketch, and then refined the design in Illustrator. The rain was challenging; at first I wanted it to be tiny scrappy pieces with gaps in between them, but then it looked choppy and unorganized. I realized that by making the rain angled and nudged together, it created a solid block that could be easily sewn or fused together.

So, in short, this was my inspiration for creating the April block design, and I’m pretty happy on how it turned out. I hope you have fun making this block for those of you following our “A Year in Stitches” group on Quilt With Us.




  1. BJ Elder - March 8, 2011

    What a great block! I love Mt. Hood and the block is really great…. the rain, the mountain, the river ….
    Good job.

  2. Jenna - March 10, 2011

    Thanks BJ!