Thursday, January 26, 2023

16 patch Glacier Bay, top completed


Glacier Bay
96 by 80 inches
top completed 2022

block finishes 8 inches
120 blocks set 10 by 12

Another from the 2 1/2 square bins! Lots of my covid-squares trading with my group are included.
I love the color of Kona Glacier and thought it would work in sort of a Hudson Bay blanket influenced design with the light squares giving that soft wool look. I push my neutrals.

80 neutral blocks
20 checkerboard blocks
20 Half checkerboard and half neutral blocks

Solid: 240 2 1/2 inch squares
Neutrals: 1680 neutral 2 1/2 inch squares

Making half-blocks:
MAKE SURE you sew the half blocks keeping the pressing orientation: 
pieces on top have seams pressed south--pieces on bottom have seams pressed north

Neutrals block:
Make 360 units of 4 squares. Press in one direction
Make 180 half blocks--set aside 20 for mixed blocks
This leaves 160 half blocks
Make 80 blocks of all neutrals
Set aside 40 blocks
This leaves 40 blocks
Sew into 20 two-block units. Press in one direction

Solid/neutral checkerboard blocks
Make 120 units of 4 squares. Press in one direction away from the solid end square
Make 60 half blocks--set aside 20 for the mixed blocks
This leaves 40 half blocks
Make 20 blocks
Pair with 20 neutral blocks and sew 20 into two-block units
Press half the pairs towards the side with neutral block, half to side with solids

Mixed blocks
These are made with one half all neutrals and one half of a checkerboard
Make 20 blocks.
Pair with 20 neutral blocks and sew into 20 two-block units keeping the neutral side of the mixed block connecting to the neutral block
Press half the pairs towards the side with the neutral block, half to the side with the solids

two-block units
Orientation will be vertical in quilt lay-out
note the two-block units are vertical

Lay out into 6 rows of 10 vertical two-block units, pay attention to units for pressing patterns
Make sure all odd two-block-units that are pressed north and even units have seams pressed south.

Sew into 6 rows, then sew the rows together.
All seams nest.

My love of 16 patches continues. Another is in the works!

My design, use at your pleasure.

AND, look at this great stove fabric for the back!
Homemade Happiness Danhui Nai, Wilmington Prints


Julierose said...

I really love how this quilt came out--the green sections are just so wonderful--adding a real pop to all the squares...beautiful work hugs, Julierose

Vicki W said...

What a stunning quilt! It's modern and vintage at the same time.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Oh, it is so beautiful! So much coziness and warmth in values.

Gretchen Weaver said...

So lovely! I'm always so inspired when I visit your blog, happy stitching!

Shasta Matova said...

This is a lovely way to add interest to a scrap quilt. So beautiful!

Nann said...

Oh, so appealing! (Do you have a jillion squares in a box just waiting for inspiration or do you cut a bunch at time?)

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

What a cool top, congratulations on a fine flimsy!

Gypsy Quilter Designs said...


Thank you so much for sharing.

San / Gypsy Quilter Designs / North Carolina

patty a. said...

I really like the way you have been using a strong solid color to contrast with the medium to low contrast print squares. A couple years ago I got thru about 80% of my scraps bins and trimmed them to standard sizes thus a big box of 2 1/2" squares emerged. I might have to borrow/steal this idea from you and get these made into quilts!