Mountain Joy Quilt

Mountain Joy by Kate Colleran

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 70" x 72"

Rating : Confident Beginner

Designed By : Kate Colleran

Transparency, depth and illusion… we love this quilt because embodies those traits and more.

Inspired by the mountains near her home, designer Kate Colleran started designing this quilt as an exercise in transparency. The hills closest are large and dark, made with the deepest color. As the view disappears into the distance, the mountains become smaller and lighter against the white background. Some are covered in snow, while others are obscured by pale clouds. The result is a sophisticated abstract quilt in pleasing, calm tones perfect for a mountain hideaway or urban loft.

For maximum effect, six distinct gray values of fabric are used, ranging from pale to deep gray, offset by a punch of purple. The variety of values adds to the perspective of mountains receding into the distance or pushing forward. The quilt would be equally stunning made in another color way but keeping to the variety of pale and dark fabrics.

Download this quilt pattern plus a dozen more in the May/June issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • 2-½ yards white
  • 1/8 yard each: very light gray, medium light gray, very dark gray
  • ¼ yard each: light gray, purple
  • 1-3/8 yards medium gray
  • ½ yard medium dark gray
  • ½ yard binding
  • 4-½ yards backing
  • Full-size batting

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