Recently I showed you my April Showers quilt and some of you had questions about how I did my umbrella applique using a telephone book so here is the tutorial.
Many of you really liked the bright, colorful fabrics in the Red Tide collection that I received from Island Batik, I know I did! It was so much fun to just cut up my squares, throw them in a pile, and just grab and piece them together.
- Download the Umbrella template
- Print it
- Grab a piece of Plastic Quilt Template and trace the umbrella.
- Make a mark on each piece so you know what is the right side.
- Cut the pieces out. TIP – I usually cut outside the line I traced around the umbrella and INSIDE the line for the parts that were added to it. That way it gives you a little more room around the pieces.
- Choose a fusible web, I used Pellow Wonder Under paper-backed fusible web. I usually buy it by the yard and then wrap it around one of those swimming pool noodles that you can pick up at the Dollar Store in the summer. I just trim it the size of my Wonder Under.
- Cut a piece of the fusible and follow the directions on it to fuse it to your fabric.
- Trace your template, you can use the reverse sides for umbrellas facing the opposite way.
- Cut out the pieces.
Don’t cut off the little tip at the top of the umbrella…I did that on one of the umbrella’s for my quilt and then did the same on all five to make it look right.
I had a hard time removing the backing from the Pellow Wonder Under which is why I usually use Thermoweb Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive.
What I find works is to grab a pin and score the backing. Then it is easy to remove it.
Place the batik pieces on the umbrella after you iron the black umbrella to your block.
Another thing I like to do is cut my blocks just a little bigger than I need and then trim them after I have finished my applique. Sometimes applique causes your fabric to shrink a little. I cut my blocks 7″ square and trim them to 6 1/2″ after the applique is finished.
I am doing a type of free-style applique on my vintage 15-91 Singer which is only a straight stitch machine.
I appliqued the outside edge of the umbrella and then removed the paper before I did the inside applique, you can just leave it on if you want. There is enough stability on the inside pieces of the umbrella so you don’t have to worry about distortion.
It is very easy to remove the paper and I have never had a problem with the ink bleeding on the fabric.
I also like using deli paper which is bigger than my phone books. The size I buy is 8″ x 10.75″.
Remember when I said that I like to cut my blocks a little bigger? I give the block a quick press and then trim it up.
I have an Omnigrid 6-1/2-Inch by 6-1/2-Inch Quilter’s Square that works perfectly for this.
Here is the finished applique umbrella block.
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