Saturday, April 12, 2014

Attempting the Glacier Star

After my love affair with my Bali Bedrunner (still not done), in December, I was quick to sign up for a class called Glacier Star with Ginny Radloff (my new favorite quilt teacher). The class meets once a month at Emma's Quilt Cupboard in Franklin for six months. You learn a new technique every month. This is what the finished quilt looks like. More information on this quilt can be found here.
This photo is from Quiltworx's website. Isn't this gorgeous?
Of course, I decided that I wanted to make mine bigger, so I opted for the version with extra borders so that I could make it for our bed. File this idea under, "What was I thinking?".
This quilt was made by Becky Ball who was on Quiltmaker's
Scrap Squad in 2013. She blogs at Becky's Quilt Obsession.
My class met in January and picked out fabric for our quilts. This took several hours because the quilt has a lot of different fabrics in it. I am working with batiks. I love them because they don't fray and the colors are the same on both sides. In paper piecing, sometimes I get mixed up on what side of the fabric is supposed to be facing up, so this way it won't matter. I love my color choices. The little paper slips seen in the photo below help you keep track of where each fabric is supposed to go in your quilt. The blue fabric on the far right is a wonderful batik in blues, greens and purples that reminds me of peacock feathers. That is my focus fabric and outer border and I pulled all my other color choices from it. The lavender and light blue will be different background colors, along with the dark purple.
Let's just say that this is the most money I have ever
spent at a quilt shop in a single day.
Our class met once in February and I'll write about that in a forthcoming post. Our March class got cancelled, which was good for me since I was still working on The Job That Ate My Brain and couldn't focus on much else.

Today, I have passed on another exciting road trip with Joannie and Marion to the MQX Quilt Festival  in Manchester, NH, in order to stay home and work on my class homework. We are meeting again next Saturday. I also have to do some baking for Passover.

I hope that you have a great day and that I have some progress to report to you when the weekend is over!

Pugs and kisses,

P.S. Adding links on Tuesday to Freemotion by the River and Sew Many Ways. Thanks for visiting! I love to hear from you.

P.P.S. Got some quilting homework done on Saturday. New blog post soon!


  1. What a beautiful quilt!! Please, please post more pics on your journey to finishing it. Love the fabric choices. I know what you mean about buying fabric for one quilt in one shopping trip. I bought a kit for a pattern called cinnamon star. I too want to make it bigger so I bought more fabric for extra boarders. Ouch went the credit card. Hoping I bought enough for backing too. Have a good weekend!

  2. Wow you have a lot of work ahead of you but it'll look awesome!

  3. What a beautiful quilt. You are braver than I am. I look forward to seeing the pictures as you go along.

  4. Oh we quilters are queens of "what was I thinking?" - It will be such a great heirloom when you get done, go the distance!

  5. First thought OOHHHH how pretty. . . Second thought are you crazy?? LOL Being a huge lover of batiks I love love love your fabric choices! Watching this come together will be fun ;)

  6. gulp!!!
    Let's say, the pattern is awesome. Paper piecing is fun and exact. Your fabrics are beautiful. The finished quilt will be gorgeous. The path to get there could be long and winding, so buckle up!
    LeeAnna Paylor

  7. Hi. Let me know when your next class is. If I am not working I will stop by and offer moral support. I live a block away from there. Heading up Burlington next weekend to get Emma and I am treating myself to a mini shop hop while she is working. Have you been to any shops up there? Oh, yeah--what were you thinking? I stare at that quilt every time I go in and say "no way!"

  8. What a beautiful pattern and I can't wait to see your progress on it! Wow!

  9. Oh I love your fabrics! Batiks are my favorite.