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Ice-Cream Soda

The Ice-Cream Soda Club is by far my most popular pattern. Over 200 people signed up for the monthly papers subscription in February this year! If you missed out and would still like to make the quilt, you can buy the individual shape packs in my shop. To make a complete quilt, you'll need (1) 1" 6 pt Diamonds - 460 pack, (1) 1" kites - 290, (1) 1" kites - 165,  (3) 2" Crowns - 145, and (1) 2" Equilateral Triangles to join them. 

You can download this Colouring Page to see the layout.

Blossom tutorial

You will need (per block):

(3) Fabric strips at least 1 1/2" wide (for the 1" diamonds) and 2 1/4" wide for the Kite and Crowns.

(6) 1" diamond, 1" Kite, and 2" Crown Paper Pieces.

Scissors, thread, long, sharp sewing needles (I use Bohin Milliners)

Glue for basting (if you glue baste - see my basting tutorial here for a discussion about basting options - the comments are also helpful!)

Prepare your pieces

1. If you're using scraps like I did, search around for 3 strips for each block that co-ordinate well together and fit on either side of the paper templates with at least a 3/8" seam allowance.

2. Cut along the strips, using the paper pieces as a guide, adding a 3/8" seam allowance on all side. (TIP! Cut the rectangles for the crowns at 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and only use half a Width of Fabric. Then, if your strip is a whole WOF, you can use the second half next time.)

3. Baste the fabric to the paper pieces using your prefered basting method.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch your blossoms

1. Starting with the 1" diamonds, arrange them to make half a star. Take the two diamonds on the left, place them right sides together, and starting at the wide angle, sew 3 stitches to anchor the thread.

2. Whip stitch along the diamonds until you get to the point. Open the shapes out, add the third diamond over the diamond on the right, right sides together, and stitch from the point to the wide angle. Stitch 3 times to anchor the thread. You should now have half a star.

3. Repeat with the 3 remaining diamonds to make the other star half.

4. Place the two halves right sides together and stitch along the long, straight edge to complete your star.

 

 

5. Next add the kites. I find it easier if I star in a corner of the star rather than on a point - the pieces are stiffer there. Stitch the kites around the star, anchoring the thread as you begin and end a length of thread.

 

 

 

 

6. Stitch the crowns around the star next to complete your blossom!

You'll need 68 blossoms, and 8 half blossoms to complete the quilt.