A few weeks ago, I shared some tips on digitizing circles in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. You can read how to digitize round circles, not oval by clicking here. In that post, I showed a couple of tight shots of a work in progress. Now I can show you the whole project – Stipple! Sprinkles since it’s available now with free shipping.
I had so much fun designing this quilt. It brought back many happy childhood memories. Growing up in a seashore resort, we had many ice cream choices in the summer months. Our little 5-mile long island in South Jersey was sprinkled with ice cream stores – from the north to the south and the beach to the bay.
My mom would fill her station wagon with whatever daughters, (there were six of us), cousins and friends were in the house. Of course, this was before, ahem, seat belts! You really could load eight or more small children in a station wagon – we survived.
She would take us to her favorite spot – Titleman’s Ice Cream – and let us order whatever our hearts desired. To a child, it was a huge treat – the menu board offered so many choices. And it was fun to read it aloud to the younger siblings who didn’t read yet. I can still see the yellow neon lights of the stand and Mr. Titleman’s gleaming white work pants and t-shirt. He worked hard – making fresh ice cream every day.
Today, when I scoop ice cream, I think of those summer days. I think of the joy a scoop of ice cream can bring to a child’s face. I also think of how sharing ice cream makes you feel. There’s something unifying about sitting across a table and enjoying a cold, creamy treat. It’s different than sharing a meal – the formality melts away – it’s just shear pleasure. And it’s brief – it only lasts a little while. Whether you are licking a cone or scooping a dish, ice cream brings smiles.
You can imagine the fun I had while I was digitizing this new collection. My first thought was to make the quilt on blue fabric. Blue is always a winner in my book but i was disappointed at the first couple of blocks.
So I switched gears and picked out some yummy fabrics for the appliques and a plain white background. After surveying my selections, it dawned on me that I should ‘sprinkle’ color on the white background. That’s when the embroidered sprinkles were born! Adding the embroidered sprinkles to the white fabric was the key to success- it let me match my thread to my fabric colors.
Today, I’m more of a chocolate chip fan. How about you, what’s your favorite flavor? Are you a vanilla, strawberry, butter pecan or rocky road fan? Or maybe you love gelato? Possibly you like sherbet like I did when I was a child. Share your favorite flavor and you could win a copy of Stipple Sprinkles!