Monday, April 21, 2014

Glacier Star, Techniques 1 and 2

In February, I attended my first technique class for the Glacier Star. At the end of the day, I had made one block.
The actual quilt that I am working on is in the background of the photo, or you can see it in detail here. I found the paper piecing quite intense, and when I got home from class I was mentally worn out!

For homework, I had to finish seven more of these units, which are similar to a New York Beauty block. If you look at the quilt behind me, you can see that these blocks surround the points of the star. Fortunately for me, our March class got rescheduled, so I had an extra month to get my homework done.

I want to thank everyone for all of their nice comments on my previous post about this class. You really encouraged me to go finish my homework! I'm really pleased with the Judy Niemeyer paper piecing techniques. All of my curved pieces went together perfectly!

Friday morning, I finished almost all of my homework.
Seven blocks completed out of eight.

This block has a bald spot. See the white paper
showing at the bottom right? Luckily, my teacher
has shown me how to fix it.
This past Saturday, my class met again and we worked on Technique 2. This month, I managed to finish two blocks.

I'm smiling because I got two blocks done this time! My teacher, Ginny Radloff, is on the right.
These curvy flying geese blocks will go around the center of the star. Only six more to go before my next class in May. Ginny also demonstrated how to do Technique 6, which are the smaller flying geese on the outside border of the star. There are a lot of these to make, (one of my fellow students estimated we need to make 48--yikes!), so she is encouraging us to work on these whenever we can. I will have to make additional flying geese units to make my queen size version, so I'd better get to sewing!

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Pugs and kisses,


  1. Oh that is lovely. Good job sticking with it. Maybe someday I will take one of those classes to and make one of her quilts.

  2. Your blocks are beautiful. I love your color choices. Keep up the good work.

  3. the blocks are gorgeous. Worth the fussy parts for sure. Fussy, but fun right?? I love paper piecing.
    LeeAnna Paylor

  4. So pretty! Haven't tried paper piecing yet, but you make it look easy. Should be just beautiful when done!

  5. I love your color choice! Be sure to post your finished quilt;)

  6. It's even more beautiful in person. The colors are just stunning!

  7. that is going to be one awesome quilt!-those are my colors!!

  8. Beautiful work and that would really be a fun class to take! I have several of her patterns.....just need to make one! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Great work on those blocks! I love the colors and your fabrics!

  10. Pugs and kisses! Now that's cute! Looks like you are learning a lot and having a great time doing it, Nancy. Your blocks are very pretty. Great fabric choices! Looking forward to following your progress!

  11. Nancy, I love your blocks! I've done a couple of New York Beauty blocks, but haven't done anything with them. Perhaps after I've completed about 10 of my UFOs I'll feel as though I can add that to my overwhelming list of things to complete! Give the pugs a kiss from us!