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How fusible applique makes fun work of the Umbrellas and Raindrops quilt

 

Rain, rain go away, except when we have fun umbrellas with which to play! This sweet rainy quilt is perfect to brighten up a room. Yesterday, we finished our fun tulips quilted wall hanging using  Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection. Today, we’re using the same fabric collection to fuse umbrella shapes to make a colorful umbrellas and raindrops quilt. Fusible applique is a fun, quick, and easy way to embellish a quilt, and lets you use all types of shapes.

 

Quilted wall hanging with umbrellas and raindrops using colorful fabric on gray background. Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric.
Umbrellas quilt using Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric

 

materials

fabric

  • 1½yds light gray drizzle 21461M-92 for blocks
  • ¾yd dark gray drizzle 21461M-94 for sashing, border, and binding
  • 10” x 10” of each of the following fabrics for the umbrellas:
    20255M-28 pink
    20258M-28 dark pink circles
    20255M-85 purple
    20255M-67 light green
    20257M-67 green circles
  •  10” x 10” green 20258M-63 for the umbrella stems
  •  ⅛yd of the following 3 fabrics for the raindrops:
    21461M-49 dark blue drizzle
    21461M-66 light blue drizzle
    21461M-45 medium blue drizzle

other

Umbrella and raindrop template
HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets

 

Umbrella and raindrop template. Click on the picture to download the PDF.
Umbrella and raindrop template. Click on the picture to download the PDF.

 

Fabric from Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes collection laid out on table.
Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes collection

 

Instructions

Using the light gray drizzle fabric, cut nine 8½” blocks, ensuring that the pattern of the fabric is vertical to look like rain.

Iron the HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets onto the back of the five pieces of fabric for the umbrellas. For one fabric, ensure that you have enough for two umbrellas.

Cut out the umbrella template, and trace the images onto the paper side of the fused sheets.

 

Multiple pieces of fused fabric laid out with the umbrella template traced onto the paper side of the adhesive sheet. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection.
Fused fabric with the umbrella template traced onto the paper side of the adhesive sheet

 

Cut out the shapes. This gives you five umbrellas. Cut out one more umbrella shape from one of the fabrics. I chose the pink.

 

Six umbrella shapes cut out from fabric assembled on a table. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection.
Cut out fabric umbrellas with fusing on the back

 

Repeat the steps above for the umbrella handles, using the adhesive sheets and the green fabric, and cutting out six handles.

 

Oliso iron pressing paper backed fusing onto the wrong side of the fabric. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection.
Press the fusing onto the back of the fabric for the umbrella handles.

 

Remember, if you want all your handles going in the same direction, make sure to place the template on backwards on the fabric.

 

Umbrella handles cut out with fusing on the back. Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection.
Umbrella handles cut out with fusing on the back

 

Center the umbrellas and handles on the gray blocks, tucking the handle under the umbrella, then press down following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

Fabric umbrella fused onto the gray fabric. Northcott’s Artisa. Spirit Shimmer .choes fabric collection,
Fuse the umbrella and handle to the background, tucking the top of the handle under the umbrella.

 

Fusible applique adds fun to your quilt. With this technique the possibilities are endless. Come back tomorrow as we finish our quilted umbrellas wall hanging using  Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes fabric collection!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Making bias tape for tulip stems

Go to part 5: Use Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes to brighten up a rainy day

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

3 Comments

  1. Christine

    You have chosen beautiful fabrics!

  2. Saki AB

    What a fun design! Rainy day is going to be fun.

  3. l p

    thanks for the idea – can’t wait to try it.

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