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April Showers

April Showers

  • Briefly: Colorful Applique Umbrellas using leftover jelly roll strips Read more
  • Type: Download Pattern
  • Designer: Ruth Blanchet
  • Finished size: 17" x 20" (adjustable)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Techniques

    Applique, Free-Motion

    Supplies Needed for This Design

    • 2-1/2" strips approx 17" long. 9-10 strips needed (at least 5 should be different)
    • Scraps of bright fabrics for umbrella canopies
    • Scraps of black for umbrella handles
    • ONE 3" strip full width of fabric (WOF) (top and bottom border)
    • ONE 3" strip WOF (side borders) Note: for a longer quilt you will need 2 strips
    • A small amount of fusible webbing
    • Batting & Backing fabric 3-4" larger than the finished piece
    • ONE 6" strip WOF (facing) - alternatively 1/4-1/2 yd of binding fabric
    • Machine Embroidery threads to match umbrella fabrics
    • Decorative threads for background stitching (these may include matching & contrast
    • threads, rayon, metallic, embroidery, variegated and more)
    • Fusible interfacing 3-4" larger than finished piece

    The following supplies are all Optional:
    • Interfacing helps prevent the stitching from puckering and the quilt from shrinking while stitching especially with free-motion. The stitching on the back can also be covered later with the backing fabric
    • Freezer paper 12" x 16" or larger if increasing project size
    • Creative art yarn
    • Beads

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  • Tags: applique, download, modern quilting, quilt, quilt pattern

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    • Description

    April Showers is a quilt pattern with pieced background and applique umbrellas. Leave it at that or create a textured background with stitching, beads and couching. This quilt is a great idea for to use up some of the ends of your 2-1/2" jelly roll strips. The pattern includes all the stitching designs as well as templates for four different sized umbrellas and background. Use the facing instructions included or bind your quilt instead. This pattern is very versatile and one of the great advantages is, you can adjust the size very easily to suit the area where you want to display it in.

    Instructions give details on how-to free-motion stitch and tips on piecing curves as well as applique. If you have never made an art quilt before, this is a great place to start. If you want to practice your free-motion, this is definitely a fun project to practice on. Try your favorite or new stitch designs or use the various designs included in the pattern.