I've finished my Ice Cream Soda Quilt! And I'm so proud of myself! After several months of stitching little blocks together at a pretty relaxed pace, finishing it up by stitching the rows, adding the borders, and hand quilting it felt pretty quick! I always seem to push myself at this stage though. The end is in sight, and I don't want to lose focus!
Exploring Castlemaine with My Ice Cream Soda Quilt
Tim and I took my quilt to a few places near our workspace in Castlemaine, Victoria. After moving interstate in July, we're just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, as far as settling in and rebuilding a routine goes. Or maybe we can just see Christmas holidays around the corner? Whichever it is, as many of you would know, moving is really, really hard work. We've spent a lot of time pretty shell shocked by a whole lot of change at once, by grief from leaving our long term jobs with a wonderful Christian organisation, and by the challenge of being up and ready for school everyday!
Castlemaine, however, is basically my dream town. It's small, at only around 10,000 people, but it has a large number of tree-changers from nearby Melbourne, and creative entrepreneurs, making it a really interesting and engaging place to live. It was built up during the Gold Rush in the 1800s, so the centre of town is full of beautiful old buildings. So, naturally, my quilt photos are now going to be filled with old red-brick factories rather than the rolling green hills of country NSW. It's been fun looking out for good photo spots as we walk or drive around town.
What My Ice Cream Soda Quilt Taught Me
I made this quilt without any colour plan except that I wanted to use a lot of Anna Maria Horner's Loominous Collections. I picked prints for the blocks a few at a time, sometimes loving the combinations, and sometimes being surprised at the lack of contrast between colours that had looked great before cutting. Using such tiny pieces was a great learning experience in colour, contrast and print size, and how each element plays a big role in how defined the lines of the quilt end up being.
In the end, I feel a little like there are more 'learning experiences' than perfect blocks here, and I found myself wondering whether to drop some and make some others with the benefit of hindsight, but I'm a big fan of letting a quilt tell its story. I find the story of learning just as wonderful as colours that match!
It does make me tempted to make another though! I feel like I've just started to put my finger on the whole 'colour choices with small pieces' lesson, and I'd love to take it further in 2018.
Make Your Own Ice Cream Soda Quilt
If you'd like to try your hand at your own Ice Cream Soda Quilt, everything you need to make your own is in the shop! Check it out below!