a little piece of my heart – Umbrella Prints wall hangings


I’ve been collecting quilts to show and have for sale during Nido’s Artist Pop Up. It was fun to have a look at some of the older quilts that have been stored, though it’s always hard to decide which I might be willing to part with! I came across these two fun wall hangings which I finished many months ago, but apparently never shared here. I thought I ought to snap a few photos for the old blog before putting them up for sale.


I love the handprinted fabrics from Umbrella Prints, and had purchased one of their trimmings packs (Nido has these trimmings packs available too). The heart print is one of my favorites, so I was happy to find two small pieces in my pack. I decided to use them as the centers of each quilt, surrounding them with complementary solids. There are a few additional Umbrella Prints prints scattered in here and there.


I know I said it before, but it really is satisfying to be able to use up fun little scrap pieces and to have them be a prominent part of a quilt. In order to highlight the heart centers even more, I decided to quilt each in a spiraling circular pattern, starting over the heart pieces.


I love the way the spiral quilting looks, and it was fun to quilt, though I was happy these were minis! I think they make a great little piece of art for the walls. (Phiona, Nido’s owner, won’t want to hear it, but seeing them up on the walls makes me rethink selling them!)

Phiona has done a great job hanging and displaying the quilts I’ve sent over, so if you’re in the Burlington area, do stop in to take a look! And don’t forget that the artist reception will be on Friday, June 28th. (I’ll be there, providing the baby hasn’t decided to make an early appearance!)

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22 Responses to a little piece of my heart – Umbrella Prints wall hangings

  1. 1
    Elise says:

    These are beautiful! I love the heart prints and how the circular quilting really draws your eye in!

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    Laura C says:

    I love these! It’s amazing how you’ve taken a tiny scrap of very precious fabric and made such a modern quilt out of it. I could totally see one hanging behind my headboard-less bed (too bad we’re a little far from Burlington, we are just north of Boston).

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    Penny G says:

    I wish this were a time when I could visit my niece’s cabin and only be a few miles from your exhibit. Hope it goes wonderfully.

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    Alice says:

    Love these! Would love to try this with some of my favorite scrap pieces that I don’t know what else to do with. I’ve never quilted curved lines before? Do you use a regular pressure foot and feed dogs up, or the free motion one with feed dogs down?

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    anna says:

    oh I absolutely love those!!! I seriously want to buy the warm toned one, it’s divine.

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    Jennifer says:

    Love the simplicity of these! Definitely inspired to make something similar for our home!

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    CJ says:

    They’re wonderful, very striking. Hope the sale goes well for you.

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    Nova says:

    these are just lovely Ashley!

  10. 10

    Ohhhh, the colours in these get me every time. They are just. so. pretty. They speak my language xo.

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    Amy Prior says:

    Great way to focus on a small piece of pattern! So excited to spot Umbrella Prints fabrics in your designs amongst the lovely quilting and pretty blocks of colour xxx

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    Karen says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the spiral quilting. I will stop by to see them and hope to make it to your reception next week.

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    Camilla says:

    I love the red and teal one. The quilting really does make it utterly complete!

  14. 14

    Such a wonderful balance of pattern and solids–and gorgeous palettes for both! The spiral quilting really complements the squares beautifully. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the sale!

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    Ramona says:

    Your quilts look wonderful. I have tried the spiral design and always seem to make a mess of it. Are you doing this on a domestic machine? and how do you manage to keep the spiral? Mine always end up skewed like an oval or something worse.

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    kate says:

    QUESTION: I saw SOMEWHERE on the Web, a couple of years ago, now, how to quilt in circles, by putting a push pin, or thumb tack in the quilt, and somehow that made the sewing machine do a magic job of going in circles. I CANNOT find it, nor do I remember how it all worked, so I’d GREATLY appreciate anyone’s direction in this, if they know how, or remember what I saw :))


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    Linda Allen says:

    Love these. So simple and really striking. I’m inspired.

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    Cinzia says:

    I’ll be heading over for the VQF from Montreal. I will be stopping in to Nido to see your lovely quilts! Looking forward to it!

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    kate says:

    Dang, no one remembers the tack or push pin thing to make circles?? not talking about using a string attached to a push pin to draw circles, it was a tip to use while at your machine…………..

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    jody deschenes says:

    funny i should run across this – i have just recently decided that wall hangings are going to be the way to go to get some of my ideas out of my head and into my life! such a great, non-overwhelming, ALMOST instant gratification idea (: and…i checked out Umbrella Prints and ordered a cool scrap pack and am very looking forward to getting my hands on it! should be any day now…. and i think i’ll enter the contest next year!
    and bookhou is next… (:

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