ice cream soda Quilt

Ice Cream Soda is the perfect fussy cutting, scrap busting, take anywhere English Paper Piecing project!

Buy the EPP kit here!

Finished Quilt Size: 68" x 68"

What you'll need:

English paper pieces

(438) 2" Crowns (Third Hexagons)
(452) 1" Kites
(672) 1" 6 point Diamonds
(146) 2" Equilateral Triangles

Ice-Cream Soda Acrylic Template set.


(40) 2 1/2” x Width of Fabric (WOF) strips, or equivalent, of various prints for the Crowns.
(25) 2 1/2” x WOF strips, or equivalent, of various prints for the Kites.
(20) 1 1/2” x WOF strips, or equivalent, of various prints for the 6 pt Diamonds.

2 1/4 yards for joining pieces and border.
2/3 yard for binding
4 yards for backing

Additional supplies:

    66" x 60" batting
    Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
    Embroidery scissors
    Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
    50-weight thread (Aurifil)
    Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips*
    Sewing machine
    Pressing tools
    Perle Cotton for big stitch quilting if desired.
*See tutorial for more information on basting

You can download this Colouring Page to see the layout.

Cutting Instructions: (for scrappy blocks)

See this tutorial on Fussy Cutting if you'd like Fussy Cut blocks.

For the 68 full blocks:

Cut (6) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles per print for each of the (68) full blocks for the crowns. You should fit 12 crowns (2 blocks' worth) on one 2 1/2" strip. The strips can be mixed and matched with the kites to increase variety in the overall quilt layout.

Cut (6) Kites with approx. 3/8" seam allowance from the 2 1/2" strips for each of the (68) full blocks. You should fit at least 18 kites on one 2 1/2" strip. The strips can be mixed and matched with the kites to increase variety in the overall quilt layout.

Cut (6) 6 pt Diamonds with approx. 3/8" seam allowance from the 1 1/2" strips for each of the (68) full blocks. You should fit 24 kites on one 1 1/2" strip.

For the 8 Half Blocks:

For the outside round, cut fabric for (2) crowns and (2) kites
For the middle round, cut fabric for (3) kites
For the centre, cut fabric for (4) 6 pt Diamonds.

For the edge pieces:

If you have a complete kit (coming soon!), or special edge shapes from the Ice Cream Soda Club, cut (14) pieces, 3/8" around the edge papers from the leftover strips. Cut 4 corner pieces, 2 facing right, and 2 facing left, as shown in the picture.

If you have bought the shapes separately, cut (14) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles in various prints for 14 crowns, and (4) kites in various prints.

For the Joining Pieces:

Cut (10) 1 1/2" x WOF strips. Re-cut 232 diamonds approx. 1/4" around the 6 pt Diamond paper piece.

Cut (8) 2 1/2" x WOF strips. Re-cut 146 Equilateral Triangles with approx. 3/8" seam allowance around the triangle.

Tip! You can baste all your shapes before you begin, or swap between basting blocks and stitching them together. When I work, I usually cut and baste 6 or so blocks at once, store them in a pouch or zip-lock bag, so that I can take them anywhere, or simply have them organised and easy for evening stitching.

For the border:

Cut (6) 5 1/2” x WOF strips.
Cut (1) 5 1/2” x WOF strip. Recut in half to make (2) 5 1/2” x 22” rectangles.

Stitch the Full 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 and the then thread the needle through the final loop 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. 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 start 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!

Sewing the half blocks:

7. Sew the centre diamonds together into pairs. Sew the pairs together to make 4 points of a star.

8. Sew the 3 kites between the 4 diamond points.

9. Sew an outer-round kite, with the narrow angle pointing to the base of the half block, to the underneath of the first middle-round kite. Continuing the thread, add 2 crowns and a final kite to the outside of the block.

Sewing the columns:

10. Sew a 6 pt Diamond into a crevice between 2 crowns.

11. Without snipping the thread, continue sewing along the flat base of the crown, attaching a triangle.

12. Sew a total of 3 diamonds, interspersed with 2 triangles on to every complete block.

13. In the same way, sew 3 diamonds and 2 triangles to four of the half blocks.

14. Layout your blocks into 9 columns. Column A has 8 full blocks. Column B has 7 full blocks and a half block at each end. Each block should have the joining pieces at the top of the block. This is very important for later, when sewing the rows together.

15. Once you are pleased with your arrangement and colour balance, snap a photo on your phone or label the columns, 1-9.

16. To sew the columns together, take the first block and nestle it directly above the second block. Fold block 2 over block 1, keeping the first joining seam between the triangle and crown in line. Whip stitch the 2 blocks together.

17. Continue adding to the column, block by block.

18. Sew all 9 columns together.

Sewing the quilt top:

19. Join the columns in numerical order. Place column B over column A, right sides together. Using 3 stitches and a knot for anchoring the threads and small whipstitches for joining the fabric folds, sew the edges of the pieces together, bending the papers as needed to match the edges and corners.

20. Sew the columns together in pairs, A-B, C-D, E-F, and G-H-I. Remove the papers, if desired, once they are completely surrounded. Doing so as you go makes the quilt a bit lighter to handle for sewing subsequent rows, but you can wait until the quilt is completed before removing papers if desired.

21. Sew the sections of quilt top together into 2 halves, and then sew the halves together.

22. Sew a joining 6 point diamond to the right hand side of 7 edge pieces (or crowns). Sew a joining 6 point diamond to the left hand side of 7 edge pieces

23. Sew a joining 6 point diamond to one of the left pointing corner shapes and one of the right pointing corner shapes (or 2 kites). (See diagram to the left.)

24. Sew triangles and diamonds into the gaps below the blocks at the bottom of the quilt.

25. Press the entire quilt top. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and trim the excess quilt top 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been.

Attach the border:

26. Sew the short end of one 5 1/2" strip to the short end of one 5 1/2" x 22" strip. Press. Repeat to make the 2 short side of the border.

27. Sew (2) 5 1/2" x WOF strips together along the short side to make a long border piece. Repeat to make a second.

28. Centre a short border piece over the right side of the quilt top, right sides together. Pin in place. Machine sew the border to the quilt top using a 1/4" seam. Press towards the border.

Tip!  Feed the quilt top through the sewing machine with the pieced side on top. You'll be able to see the points of the blocks clearly, and guide the fabric through folded in the right direction as necessary.

29. Sew the other short border piece to the left side of the quilt top. Press. Trim the tops and bottoms of the border pieces in line with the quilt top.

30. Sew the long border pieces to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press and trim the overhanging edges.

Finishing the quilt:

31. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. Trim the batting and backing to the size of the quilt top.

32. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.

33. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.

34. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and hand-stitch in place.

35. Share a photo of your finished quilt on Instagram and tag me @talesofcloth and #icecreamsodaquilt!