Ice Cream Quilt

July 24, 2019

Each Summer I design a Row by Row for a local quilt shop, Dabble and Stitch, and I loved this year’s row so much, I decided to make a wall quilt featuring the design.  The ice cream cone design evokes Summer, so it was a perfect design for this month’s “Seasonal” challenge for Aurifil Artisans.

The theme for this year’s Row by Row is: Taste the Experience.  I like to base each row design on something local, and this year the design depicts Jeni’s Ice Cream.  Jeni’s started here in Columbus, and the shops feature lots of fun flavors. The cone that served as the model for the Row by Row design is Wildberry Lavender and Brandied Banana Brûlée in a house made cone.

When transforming the ice cream block into a quilt, I thought it would be fun to extend the background into stripes.  By adding narrow stripes between the ice cream cone columns, the overall design of the quilt has a beach towel vibe that enhances the feeling of sitting out in the sun with a hot weather snack.

Custom quilting on the longarm was done with 50wt Aurifil in color that coordinate with each area of the quilt.  The stitching is a mix of free motion motifs and straight line quilting done with rulers and digital channel locks. The backing is a Tula Pink wideback fabric, and I love how, in this context, the print has the feel of melting ice cream.

This quilt went with me today to the Ohio State Fair for some photos.

It even met the famous butter cow!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Ice Cream on the Beach

Size: 48″ x 48″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing, Foundation Paper Piecing

Quilting:  Free Motion and straight line quilting with digital channel locks on an A-1 Longarm

Fabric:  Assorted cotton solids

Batting:  Hobbs Tuscany Wool

Thread: Quilted with 50wt Aurifil

Binding:  Bias binding, machine stitched to the front, hand finished on the back



  • Reply
    July 25, 2019 at 6:34 am

    This is a fantastic design! Are you making the pattern available for online purchase?

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    Kimberly Clark
    July 25, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I love it! It makes want to have a taste!

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    July 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I haven’t been drawn to very many of the row by row blocks this year, but this is fantastic. Lucky quilting store to have you as their designer!

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    Jan White
    July 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    LOVE this!! It’s one big smile.

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    Kathleen Kingsbury
    July 26, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Really love this! That must be some small bits of paper piecing to get that nice round shape to the scoop of ice cream. Love paper piecing.

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    Verna Groger
    July 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Love the ice cream cones! Is there any way to get the pattern other than the row by row – I’m in Florida, far from Columbus!

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    July 28, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    So incredible quilt, very impressive for design, color choice and quilting! Is it possible to buy the pattern? I’ve checked on the shop site but the kit is sold out, plus they don’t ship to Italy.
    I’d love making this !

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