100 Blocks Volume 2: Ice Crystal

A snowflake quilt has been on my design agenda for some time now. I decided to work on that goal by creating a block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 2. With only an inkling of an idea floating in my brain, I jumped ahead by collecting lots of icy silver and blue fabrics.

As I pondered over how to design a foundation-pieced snowflake in Electric Quilt, I did some research. What I found was fascinating. Have you heard the theory that no two snowflakes are alike? (I guess I’ll need to design more.)  Did you know that all snowflakes start as droplets that develop into six-sided prisms? And according to a story in the New York Times, Guinness World Records lists the world’s largest snowflakes as having fallen in January 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana; allegedly one measured 15 inches wide! (Makes my 12 inch snowflake seem a tad small.)

My husband doesn’t see the design as a snowflake at all. He keeps referring to it as a “starship fleet emblem” or “galactic interspecies peace symbol”. (I think somebody is watching too much SciFy.) But if that’s what you see, to you I say, “Live long and prosper!”

I auditioned several silver prints. When I switched them to powdery blues against the blue batik background, the effect seemed much more dramatic. Doesn’t it look icy and transparent?

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Ice Crystal by Eileen Fowler

This beautiful block can be found in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 2 issue.

Now I need a quilt project. How about this tree skirt?

icecrystal treeskirt 100 Blocks Volume 2: Ice Crystal

Or this setting found on page 12 for a wall hanging or throw?

icecrystal quilt 100 Blocks Volume 2: Ice Crystal

How would you use the block? Leave us a comment and share your ideas!

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