Welcome to the Scoops & Cones quilt along! You’re in for a sweet treat. I have one of those calendars full of extra made-up holidays that delight in the simple pleasures of life. That calendar informed me July is Ice Cream month (of course it is) and this quilt flashed before my eyes. As if the idea could melt, I ran to the sewing machine to start. That’s how Scoops & Cones was born, but not where it began.
I’m an admitted ice cream fan. I eat ice cream all year round. In the winter, it’s a rare gift I relish, and in the summer, an utter necessity. I recently counted all the pints in my freezer and realized I had nine different flavors I was nibbling on a spoonful or two at a time.
I’ve learned a lot about life from quilters through the years. One such quilter faithfully ran every morning, and equally faithfully ate a small cone of soft serve afterwards. She said that when she retired, she realized she didn’t want to go another day of her life without a little ice cream in it. It’s one of my favorite lessons someone has ever shared with me, and I try to live by its message every day.
So, allow me to introduce you to the Scoops & Cones quilt. It’s 60″ square finished and features 40 ice cream cones, a low-volume background, and patchwork or foundation paper piecing construction.
For the quilt along, we’ll make Scoops & Cones in 4 weeks.
- Click Here for the Cutting Instructions
- Click Here for week 2 – Ice Cream Cones
- Click Here for week 3 – Background Blocks
- Click Here for the week 4 – Finishing Touches
For now, think on what you’d like your Scoops & Cones quilt to look like and gather fabric.
We have a kit with fun blue raspberry vibes featuring Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink fabrics ready for you right now!
Maybe you want to stick to one flavor… like strawberry!
Maybe you’re more of a sherbet person?
Click Here to download a Scoops & Cones coloring sheet and play around with colors for your quilt.
Once you’ve settled on some scrumptious combination, gather your fabrics.
Background and Inner Border – 2 7/8 yards
Accent – 1 1/4 yards
Dark Cone – 5/8 yard
Light Cone – 5/8 yard
Ice Cream 1* – 1/8 yard
Ice Cream 2* – 1/8 yard
Ice Cream 3* – 1/8 yard
Ice Cream 4* – 1/8 yard
Ice Cream 5* – 1/8 yard
*or 5/8 yard of one fabric, or 40 pre-cut 5″ squares total
Outer Border – 3/4 yard
Binding – 1/2 yard
Backing – 4 yards
And now for the cherry on top!
We’ll be giving away three sweet treats during the quilt along for participants! Starting July 17th, make an ice cream cone block and show it off to enter the weekly giveaway. We’ll draw each Tuesday by 12 pm Central time, July 23rd, July 30th, and August 6th, and announce the winner the next day in the instructions post for that week. The giveaway entries resets after each week, so enter weekly. There are several places and ways to enter.
Share your block on Instagram, use the hashtag #ScoopsandConesQAL and tag us, @AQSonline to enter.
Join our Facebook group, Project Parade, and post your block. Mention the Scoops & Cones quilt along to enter.
Or email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with Scoops & Cones in the subject line to enter.
Before we go…
I’d love to know your favorite flavor of ice cream. Drop a comment to let me know! I’ll think on my answer, but I think it’s clear from the content of my freezer that I may not have only one. Happy making!