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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!

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33 COMMENTS

  • Colleen Bell

    Eileen, I just love this new collection. It will be so much fun. Thank you for taking the time to digitize the dots. Now we do not have to find just the right fabric, even though that’s fun too.

    Personally, I love them all! As a child, I loved Friendly’s watermelon sherbert with lots of “jimmies” on top! Now that will date me and tell you that those were Massachusetts ice cream shops.

    • eileenroche
      AUTHOR

      Colleen, we had “jimmies” in New Jersey too!

  • Susan DT

    Dark chocolate with peanut butter sauce is my go to favorite. The richer and more gooey the better!

  • DJ

    You just can’t beat Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla…with sprinkles, of course!!!
    Love your new designs!

  • Beal

    The designs are so cute! My fave is chocolate chip cookie dough.

  • Jean

    My favorite is vanilla but with grandchildren around this software selection on a tablerunner and napkins, who knows what their favorite might be.

  • Karen MCDONNER

    Strawberry has always been my favorite. Such a cute pattern.

  • annette rady

    i adore great quality ice cream with almonds such as butter almond and chocolate…mmm,

    • Denise Holguin

      Yum!

  • D L Saltz

    My favorite would be peppermint. The sprinjles are just the right added touch. Love the whole quilt.

  • Janet Kirby

    My favorite is mint chocolate chip. Your sprinkles really make this quilt!

  • Karen

    I love these designs. I have many favorite Ice cream flavors. I have ice cream almost every day. I have had coconut often lately.

  • JD

    The sprinkles are perfect. I can’t have a favorite because I might miss a flavor. Love your new quilt designs. Happy summer to you and your family.

  • Michelle

    Here in Texas, Blue Bell Homestyle Vanilla is the winner!! Yum!

  • Dortha Britton

    My favorite flavor is vanilla, although if not available I will eat any kind.

  • Susan Clark

    Vanilla, because you can change it to any flavor by letting it get a little soft and stirring in all kinds of goodies!

  • hoverboards

    vanilla, strawberry, butter pecan favorite flavor

  • Marilyn

    My favorite flavor is butter pecan. I love this Sprinkles design. It would be such fun to work with this.

  • Barbara Payne

    My favorite if French vanilla, but I will eat anything else except chocolate.

  • Karen

    Salted Carmel stops me in my tracks every time

  • Stephanie King

    Love this! So cute! My favorite flavor today (too many to choose from) is Blue Bell’s Southern BlackBerry Cobbler.

    • Denise Holguin

      Oooh. I haven’t seen that flavor. I have a weakness for cobbler!

      Denise

  • Betty Smith

    Ice Cream…hmmm! Love any kind with lots of nuts, Black Walnut being a favorite. Cute designs on the quilt.

  • Doree Shandera

    I have to say Chocolate Chip Mint……………Love the designs

  • Judi Cushing

    Oh I would love to win the ice cream stipple! My entire kitchen is decorated in ice cream: curtains, wall art towels, etc. My favorite iCe cream flavor… well wild blueberry but since that is hard to find my runner up is black raspberry chip.

  • Dawn Newman

    Blue Bell’s pistachio! Love your designs!

  • Sara Redner

    I am so jealous of those who mentioned Blue Bell! They have such incredible flavors that it would be hard to pick a favorite, but I think it just might be Southern Hospitality. The reason I am jealous is that we have moved back to Illinois and Blue Bell not only isn’t sold in our little town, it isn’t sold anywhere in Illinois!

  • Melinda Dahl

    I like many flavors of ice cream but peppermint is my first choice when we go out for ice cream.

  • Rosemary Kelley

    butter pecan is my favrite.my older brother got us ice cream off the ice cream truck every day .we loved it

  • Ann Sam

    This quilt also brings back memories. I love Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!

  • Tamra Botkin

    This quilt would remind me to have a treat every day! I loved chocolate and vanilla swirl cones as a youngster but now I choose vanilla with Oreo cookie milk shakes. Must have my chocolate!

  • Hoverboard

    This quilt also brings back memories, My favorite flavor is vanilla and strawberry.

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