Who wants a free Ice Cream, You Scream Quilt Pattern? Well today is your lucky day!!!
You have to check out this adorable fabric line Michael Miller Fabrics just released. The line is called Ice Cream, You Scream and the colors are everything! Also, there’s this border print that is just dying to be put in a quilt (or made into a little girl’s skirt!!), and nearly makes me swoon! I got a chance to get my hands on this fabric to design a quilt for the release, and I’m not gonna lie…I spent a few hours just playing with the fabric and coordinating Cotton Couture. It features sweet ice cream cones, sundaes, and the best stripes. It reminded me of the 4th of July and ice cream socials and everything pure in the world. The best part is, Michael Miller Fabrics is offering this pattern as a freebie–you can get your own PDF pattern download from their website.
The pattern is for “confident beginners”, which just means you need a general knowledge of foundation paper piecing and fussy cutting. I fussy cut the border pieces so the ice cream sundaes were centered along the center of the borders, and the cornerstones in the border were fussy cut to showcase the cute little ice cream phrases on the fabric.
I had a blast designing and piecing the quilt. I had even more fun quilting it! I used Glide thread (from Hab+Dash) and Quilter’s Dream batting in the quilt. I used a few different colors of thread and matched them to the different fabrics. Most of the quilting was handguided free motion quilting, with the assistance of straight rulers for the grids.
I’d love to see what you do with the pattern–the foundation paper piecing blocks are pretty quick to sew up. Just remember to shorten your stitch length (I like to use 1.5) so the paper is perforated enough to tear away easily and print your paper piecing templates at 100%. Then add your sashing and borders and voila! Don’t forget to grab your free copy, and check out the pattern (pictured below). Happy sewing!!!
How many times have you been in the car, loaded up the kids to go to grandma’s house, and heard that horrible, awful question…(queue the Jaws music)…”Are we there yet?” or better yet…”I’m Boooooooored.”
I Spy Quilt loaded up and ready to go!
I know we’re all super busy in the summer, and it makes finding time to sew pretty difficult. But now you have a great reason to bust out the sewing machine–you’re going to cure the kids of their road trip boredom by making them an I Spy Quilt! All you really need are some random novelty prints or scraps–even seasonal fabrics are great for this. The great thing about this quilt is that NONE of the fabrics need to be cohesive for this to work. You have a print with elephants? Elves? Pirates? Cactus? Ballerinas? They’re all perfect! The more random the assortment of your fabrics, the longer the kids will be staring at this quilt, absolutely stumped.
Your layout can be totally random, too! I tried to lay my squares out from dark to light, but you can try grouping them by color, theme, etc.
I had the privilege of teaming up with Janome to write this tutorial for American Quilter’s Society. So follow this pretty little LINK and head over to get the skinny on how to put this awesome little lifesaver together!
I quilted mine with some sweet little swirls that were fast and easy!
Okay, so in all honesty, making this quilt won’t be the end of you ever hearing those two comments from the back seat again, but what the heck! It’s worth a shot isn’t it? 😉
I’m crazy about quilting, but I’m also really crazy about modern quilting. The colors, the patterns, the newness of it all just makes me love everything about it! Luckily, I got to create something with the curated Michael Miller Cotton Couture bundle available at local Janome dealers. It’s bright, cheerful, and has the awesomely saturated colors you can’t get anywhere but from Michael Miller Fabrics (and no, they aren’t paying me to say that). Cotton couture is my favorite solid to work with right now, because it sews like BUTTER. I’ve even used it in some garments and loved the result. So if you’re dying to see it, here’s “Crayon Box”:
Crayon Box by Joanna Marsh
You can find the full tutorial on the Janome website HERE and download the pattern for free! I had a blast creating this and playing with the colors! Use the hashtag #thecrayonboxquilt to share your creation.
There’s also a fun tutorial on how to do scrappy bindings in the free quilt pattern, just like in the picture below (and I just couldn’t resist this Loominous Anna Maria Horner print for my backing):
Scrappy binding tutorial
And for quilting ideas, I did a super fun swirly motif.
So run and grab your free pattern and get sewing today 🙂