glacier full front

I finished this quilt this week and the name seemed appropriate because we got about ten inches of snow in this part of Michigan – the very first snow of the season!  But being stuck in the house for two days allowed me to get the backing, basting and quilting finished for this.

michigan snow

glacier full back

cloud 9 fabric for glacier quilt

Isn’t this pretty fabric? I’ve had this Aubade fabric from Cloud 9 for a while and was dying to cut into it.  I knew I wanted to make an icy looking kind of quilt with it, but I wasn’t sure what block I wanted to use.  Shall I show you the embarrassing inspiration for the design?  Behold my ironing board:

ironing board

I took a look at it one day while getting it down and thought, gee – that herringbone would be a good choice for my icy quilt.  Sometimes that’s the way you decide things, right?

glacier front, back, binding

glacier stacked III

This quilt was made up entirely of 6.5″ Half Square Triangle blocks.

I paired the Cloud 9 fabric up with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Navy and White.  I thought it was a nice contrast.

glacier before quilting

I used white Aurifil 50 wt thread to quilt it.  I kind of agonized over how to quilt this thing, but ended up just outlining the seams and then zigzagging across the blocks. My walking foot did a great job, with no skipped stitches and no puckering.

glacieri front and back

glacier back quilting

I used Warm and White cotton batting so the Kona white would stay as white as possible.

I tried a few different turquoise colored binding fabrics but ended up with the tiny dress stripe in navy from Dear Stella. I liked the tiny stripe so much I know I will be using bindings in the future from that line. The size of the bindings strips I cut were 2.5″.  This is the most fun for me – to sew on the binding and make nice mitered corners.

glacier stacked IV

The finished size of this quilt was on the small size – 36″ x 47″ but big enough to be a crib quilt or a lap quilt.

This was such a fun quilt to make and I got to use my favorite Half Square Triangles for the quilt design.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Head on over to Lorna’s to look at her “Let’s Bee Social” Linky!

glacier rolled

17 thoughts on “Glacier

  1. loosecannon2

    I love this quilt & the binding really “slams it” (my son remarked as he passed by), & yes, in my opinion, he is right. Rejoice in your GOD given talent. Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving to YOU.


  2. Sue Hall

    The backing fabric is an inspired choice and I like the simple quilting for such a modern looking quilt. Your snow looks really deep, we don’t have any yet in Lincolnshire UK but I’m sure it won’t be long…. Just visiting via Crazy Mom Quilts , very happy to find your blog,
    Kind regards,



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