Saturday, November 24, 2012

Moon Over the Mountain Variation Quilt Block

This is the 7th block of my Starwood Quilt, made to tell the story of my home and community.  Each member of my quilting group worked on their own version of this quilt as a block of the month.  We found a Moon Over the Mountain pattern at: and created a variation of it we call Moon Over Sundance Mountain.  Notice the smaller stars in the sky, sewn free-style by my long-arm quilter.   
In our community, the Palmer Lake Star is lit on the Saturday night after Thanksgiving and stays lit through the month of December.  It has shone on Sundance Mountain every December since 1935.  It is 500-feet across and consists of ninety-two 40-watt non-glare light bulbs.

Tonight we'll attend the all-you-can-eat supper of chili, potato soup, and cinnamon rolls, sponsored by our fire department.  They are the ones who have custody of the star and maintain it.  At 8 p.m., one lucky raffle winner will get to light the star!  

Seeing the Palmer Lake star shining in the night is the start of the Christmas season to me.

My Mom's Chili
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon dried onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
12 ounce can tomato paste
1 tomato paste can of water
1 (15 ounce) can Ranch style beans

1.  Brown ground beef in a 3-quart saucepan.  Remove any visible grease with a turkey baster.
2.  Add remaining ingredients.
3.  Stir together well and simmer for at least 1/2 hour on top of the stove.

Good topped with grated cheese.  Serve with crackers and carrot and celery sticks.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post:  


  1. Hi Susan!! Sorry so long in commenting! I've been a little bit awol!!! So love all your blocks!! I love quilts that tell a story, and yours are true treasures!!

  2. You make this challenge seem so easy. No wonder you were so good at selecting blocks for the diary entries.

  3. Love it! I can't wait to see the whole quilt to see how you arranged all the blocks.

  4. So when you mentioned the Palmer Lake Star lighting I decided to go on youtube and sure enough there was a video showing the 2012 lighting. That is so cool that it has been going on for so long.

  5. What a lovely tradition and lovely block to represent it!

  6. You posted a link on Stashbusters so I had to come and your block! Don't know how I missed it before because I am a follower of yours...

  7. I love you and I love your blog, your so interesting. I need to clean house and now addicted to your site thank you very much. Favorite site now.

  8. I am looking for some quilt ideas for a man quilt. LOL using plaids any suggestion.


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