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?
Now I need a quilt project. How about this tree skirt?
Or this setting found on page 12 for a wall hanging or throw?
How would you use the block? Leave me a comment by 10 am Mountain time, Monday morning, November 15th, and I’ll draw a random winner for a copy of 100 Blocks, Volume 2.
From Eileen: Thanks for all the creative ideas! I can’t wait to make some more snowflakes so I can use them. A random winner has been selected and notified by email. Check out the list of all the blog tour winners.