Starry night

Starry night

After two years, I’ve finished my Ice Cream Soda quilt! It was a deliberately slow project, and I’ve enjoyed having some portable stitching to take out with me. I just had to pack supplies for a blossom or two in a bag.

The colours were inspired by a Kaffe Fassett fabric – you can see more about the fabric pull here. The background has tiny, uneven dots, which made me think of the night sky.

This is the most quilting I’ve ever done on a quilt, and I’m so pleased with the effect. I stitched through each of the points of the centre stars, in straight lines across the quilt.

The background is an interesting fabric which I bought in a destash and dyed pewter – it was white. It’s cotton with metallic threads running through it, which give a lovely crumpled texture – and a bit of sparkle too.

Ice Cream Soda BOM – fabric pull

Ice Cream Soda BOM – fabric pull

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I love English Paper Piecing, but I’ve only used hexagon templates.  So when I heard about Tales of Cloth’s Ice Cream Soda block of the month club I thought this was a chance to try putting some more shapes together.

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Ice Cream Soda photo from talesofcloth.com

Kerry of Very Kerry Berry spoke at the South West Modern Quilt Guild last week about choosing fabrics for a quilt, so I’m using her excellent advice to help with my fabric selection.

I started with my ‘hero’ fabric, which is Kaffe Fasset’s Millefiore in orange (top photo).  It has lots of colours in it which can inspire other fabrics choices.  The next step could be to buy other fabrics in the same collection, but I like my quilts to have a scrappy look.  So I went to my stash of scraps and smaller pieces.

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These are the golds and oranges, with some mustards coming in too.

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Kerry suggested using some of these added fabrics as inspiration to lead to other colours. The flower print (bottom left) has the gold, but also grey and black, so I added some of those.

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Then I put a black and white filter on this photo of my whole selection to check the contrast.

I’d like some more dark fabric.  There is a burgundy in the Kaffe Fasset that I don’t have.    Also some more pale blue and paler neutrals.

One of the things I really like about the Ice Cream Soda quilt is that you can make a few flowers and see how they work together.  I plan to use the fabrics I already have for the first couple of months.  Although I do have a shopping trip planned with my very talented friend Nicola, and it would be rude not to buy any fabric then, wouldn’t it?!