Moda Countdown to Christmas 2020 Quilt “Winter Frost” Quilt – Icy Windows Block

Growing up in South Texas, we didn’t get a whole lot of snow, ice, or frost of any kind. But occasionally… every once in awhile… Mother Nature would descend on us with a wintery blast. Unlike my mother who grew up in Wisconsin, there wasn’t an ice scraper to be found anywhere near me. So what did we do for those occasional frosty windshields? Well, we’d “McGyver” a credit card! Of course!

I always loved studying those individual ice crystal formations on my windows. This “Icy Windows” block reminded me of those beautiful creations that are as unique as all of us.

The image above is 4 of the blocks together, but a single one finishes at 6″. Here’s how to put it together.

All pieces are cut at 2 3/8″. This is a Jelly Roll friendly block! You’ll need 3 shades of luscious blue frosty-looking prints and a white background. In the photo below, I opted to leave out the greener shades.

A – Cut 2 2 3/8″ of the darkest blue shade
B – Cut 6 2 3/8″ of the white
C – Cut 4 2 3/8″ of the medium blue
D – Cut 4 2 3/8″ of the lightest blue

Pair 2 A with 2 B
Pair 2 B with 2 C
Pair 2 B with 2 D
Pair 2 C with 2 D
Draw a diagonal line on the top square of each pair.

Sew the pairs together by stitching a scant quarter inch down each side of the drawn line.

Cut the squares apart on the drawn line to create half square triangles (HSTs). Finger press them open without stretching the bias.

Using the finished block as a guide, sew blocks together into 4 rows according to the picture.

Sew the rows together and nest carefully so as not to tip your V’s or points!

Here’s a beautiful Winter Wonderland setting for this quilt. Can you find my block in this setting? 🙂 Hint, in this setting, the white is used as the lightest blue.

I had so much fun with this project. I’d like to thank Moda for sharing my block with all of you. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and God’s blessings on each and every one for the New Year. Merry Christmas!

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