4 (of) hearts – an umbrella prints improv quilt


I’m thrilled to have finished this quilt! I was hoping to get some good photos, but lately I’m having a harder and harder time finding time for quilt photos. While in the past we could drive around until I found the perfect spot, unfortunately Max doesn’t find driving around aimlessly to be fun. So these photos are not what I was hoping for, but I’m posting them anyway, since the forecast for the next week shows lots of rain!


But back to the quilt! As I mentioned previously, I started this quilt with a couple Trimmings packs from Umbrella Prints. I love their unique hand printed fabrics, and wanted to make a quilt to show off these fun little bits. As I contemplated designs, I knew I wanted to make four large blocks. I started making them, then realized that the shapes would lend themselves to making a quilt along the lines of Jacquie & Katie’s Tunnel Vision quilt (from their wonderful book, Quilting Modern*).


I surrounded the blocks with this lovely Robert Kaufman Essex yarn dyed linen in black, and I really love the way it looks. The yarn dyed linen is really great to work with, and also has a really lovely feel.


The backing is made up largely of this great print from Lizzy House’s Constellations line. I had purchased it to use as a backing, though at the time didn’t have a quilt in mind, so it was a happy coincidence that the stars in this print pick up most of the colors I used on the front.

You might think that Max is expressing his love for quilts in the photo above, but in reality this was him telling us he had had enough of the quilt photography. (And when I say ‘telling’, I really mean whining. Be glad this is a photo and not a video!)


I really liked the way Jacquie and Katie’s Tunnel Vision quilt was quilted, so I did something similar (they used double lines for all quilting lines, while I decided to alternate a double/single quilting line). I used Aurifil 50 wt in white, and since the black is a yarn dyed fabric, the white actually blends in quite well. I used Quilter’s Dream Request, which is their lowest loft, and gives this quilt such a nice drapey feeling. The photo above gives you a good idea of the texture of this one. [By the way, since I’m asked often, Quilter’s Dream cotton batting is my favorite batting – I alternate between the Request and the Select, which is a midloft batting.]


I’m thinking this one will be for sale in a couple months – my local fabric shop, Nido, is hosting an Artists Pop Up series, starting this month, and I’m pleased to have been asked to be the artist for June. If you live in the area, or perhaps if you’re here for the Vermont Quilt Festival, I hope you’ll stop by!

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10 Responses to 4 (of) hearts – an umbrella prints improv quilt

  1. 1
    Penny G says:

    Simple, but awesome. The pictures were great, sorry Max didn’t want to help take pictures, but he really just wanted 100% of all available attention. That is the nature of most kids that age.

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    Karee says:

    oh my goodness, it looks as if you are going to sweep me up in the Swoon craze. I have resisted but that cute little sketch for your Artists Reception has captured my heart. Just sketched it out and am thinking dimensions…!

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    CJ says:

    It’s beautiful, I just love those blues and greys. And I completely sympathise with you when it comes to little boys who have had enough!

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    Ali M says:

    I think its an amazing color combination, and love the pictures!

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    Franziska says:

    I have a weakness for grey, blue and white. I like the pops of colour. The quilt is wonderful.

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    katie says:

    So fun…except for the whining. Wish I could make it to the reception!

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    Pat says:

    I always admire your photo shoots and spent quite a lot of time last week running around, trying to find the “perfect” spot for a quilt photo. Alas, I never really did. My favorite spot also ran the risk of my quilt winding up in the lake so I gave up.

    Love your latest here. Maybe Max will be more cooperative next time around. He is a cutie pie.

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    tusen says:

    I simply love it. The blocks look so great against the dark background.

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    Clare says:

    How cool … it was Carly from Umbrella Prints that first got me into fabric and now I am a complete quilt tragic and here you are using Adelaide designed fabric in your quilts.

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