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.

Umbrellas quilt using Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes 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


Umbrella and raindrop template
HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets

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

Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Shimmer Echoes collection


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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Oceanpeg November 16, 2021 - 5:03 pm
Love this appliqued umbrella and rain drops pattern. Thinking of making it up using glue sticks instead of the fused sheets, the old fashioned way of appliqueing quilt blocks.....
Christine March 15, 2017 - 1:33 pm
You have chosen beautiful fabrics!
Saki AB March 12, 2017 - 4:19 pm
What a fun design! Rainy day is going to be fun.
l p March 9, 2017 - 11:44 pm
thanks for the idea - can't wait to try it.
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