Paper Piecing Vintage: March

Ice Cream Bowl, March PPV Pattern

Hello, March!

I’ve continued to be thrilled with each and every Paper Piecing Vintage block photo that you all have shared. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!

Today, we have the third installment in our Block of the Month: Ice Cream Bowl. 

Ice Cream Bowl is a classic pineapple quilt block. The “bowl” comes from the color placement and the optical illusion that it creates.

Not only are pineapple blocks one of my all-time favorite quilt blocks, a smaller version of this block is my go-to pattern for teaching beginners!

As with all the blocks from PPVIce Cream Bowl is entirely paper pieced and both 6″ and 12″ patterns are included.

As a bonus this month, there is a simplified 6″ pattern included for those of you not wanting to piece quite so many pineapple leaves! Want to make it 12″? Just print, cut in fourths, copy at 200% then glue or tape together!

Ice Cream Bowl, March PPV Pattern

Ice Cream Bowl, by Jennifer Ofenstein (

Already registered? Download your updated BOM file now!

Ice Cream Bowl, March PPV Pattern

Here are a few helpful hints:

  • Pre-cut strips for the “leaves.” 1″ works great for the 12″ pineapple and the bonus 6″ block. 3/4″ is plenty for the 6″ version.
  • Once you get a few rounds out from the center, you can prepare all four “leaves” at once (shown above). Instead of stitching one line at a time, stitch one, pull thread a little out from your machine, turn the pattern, then stitch the next until you’ve finished all four!
  • If making the 6″ block, make your life much easier by trimming seam allowances to 1/8″. That will reduce bulk and make it easier to work with.
  • Enjoy!

Haven’t signed up for Paper Piecing Vintage yet? Registration for the entire year is just $12. That’s 12 patterns in two sizes (plus the occasional bonus, like this month!), entirely paper pieced for one awesome price! All patterns for the year so far are included when you download.

Be sure to stop back by the first of each month for the latest Paper Piecing Vintage block.  Join the Paper Piecing Vintage Facebook Group for exclusive content and to sew with friends! Share your Paper Piecing Vintage photos with the Sewhooked flickr group for a chance to win fun prizes all year long!

Need some help with paper piecing? Check out my full-length workshop, shared free right here on Sewhooked!

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4 thoughts on “Paper Piecing Vintage: March

  1. dianne

    Hi, is there someway to just get the March block without the Jan and Feb. I already have
    them and don’t need to print 15 pages. Thanks

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      Hi Dianne,

      I replied via email, but will copy what I wrote here in case anyone else has a similar question:

      Craftsy only allows designers to share one file at a time per purchase. This means you’ll need to download the entire Block of the Month file each month. In December, you’ll have one document that includes all the patterns. My best recommendation is to delete earlier versions as you go and only print the pages you need each month. In this case, the March patterns are pages 10 – 15.

      I do apologize for your needing to download the entire pattern, I did a quite a lot of research before starting this Block of the Month and this was the best compromise I could come up with that would ensure that each person that paid for the BOM would receive all the patterns.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      Hi Kathleen, each pattern from the block of the month will be available individually after the BOM is over, so the answer is definitely yes, but not for quite a while. 🙂


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