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September 2000
Free Monthly Project
Umbrella Lady Quilt

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This sunbonnet quilt was made in Ontario, Canada by Marie Walters' Grandmother.  Meticulous care was taken to turn under all the seam allowances and appliqué them in place.  Blanket stitching was added for embellishment.  Marie has shared her heirloom quilt and pattern with us.

The block size is large -- 17" wide by 19" long.  The quilt was put together with triple strips of sashing and small nine-patch blocks for the cornerstones.     Here's another picture of the completed quilt:

Since the block is so large, I've created two images of the pattern. 

After printing these pages, align the drawing and tape together.  The combined two 8 1/2 x 11 pages will give you a drawing of the "Umbrella Lady" that will fit nicely on a 17" x 19" block.  Use this drawing to help you with placement of the appliqué pieces.  You should trace the pattern onto the block.  The arms, neck and umbrella handle are embroidered onto the block after the appliqué is done.   Use this pattern to draw the embroidery lines.

Here is a drawing of the finished quilt.  It measures 75" x 106".   It has the 17" x 19" block with 6" nine-patch blocks and 6" wide sashing.  You will need a light fabric to use as the background for the blocks and for the light strips in the sashing and nine-patch blocks.  You'll need a darker fabric (represented by the pink below) for the contrasting strips and squares in the nine nine patch blocks.  The dresses and umbrellas are made from multicolored scraps.

Generous Fabric Estimate:
Light Fabric (A):  7 yards
Dark Fabric (B):  4 1/2 yards
Various Fabric Scraps for the Appliqués

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Cut from the light background fabric:
9 blocks -- to appliqué the ladies onto 17 1/2" x 19 1/2"
50 blocks -- for the nine-patches 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
8 Strips -- for the Vertical sashing strips 19 1/2" x 2 1/2"
9 Strips -- for the Horizontal sashing strips 17 1/2" x 2 1/2"
2 strips -- for the Right and Left Borders 2 1/2" x at least 94" (you may have to piece this)
2 strips -- for the Top and Bottom Borders 2 1/2" x at least 63" (you may have to piece this)
Cut from the Darker Fabric (shown in Pink above):
18 strips -- for the Horizontal Sashing Strips 17 1/2" x 2 1/2"
16 strips -- for the Vertical Sashing Strips 19 1/2" x 2 1/2"
48 Blocks -- for the nine-patches 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
4 Strips -- for the Right and Left Borders 2 1/2" x at least 94"
4 Strips -- for the Top and Bottom Borders 2 1/2 x at least 63"

Click for a printable template.  For each block, cut one.  SEAM ALLOWANCES NOT INCLUDED ON THE TEMPLATES.  If you plan on turning under the seam, please add 1/8 - 1/4" all around.

TEMPLATE A Cut one of print fabric - Dress Top
TEMPLATE B Cut one of Solid Fabric - Waist - Upper Body
TEMPLATE C & D Cut one of Hat  -- Solid Fabric C            
Cut one of Hat Brim - Print Fabric D
TEMPLATE E Cute one of Print Fabric -- Skirt
TEMPLATE F Cut one of Solid Fabric -- Skirt Stripe
TEMPLATE G & H Cut one of Print Fabric -- Umbrella Top
Cut one of Solid Fabric -- Umbrella Lining

Sewing the Quilt:

Trace the Umbrella Lady Templates provided.  Sew down the skirt (E), add the stripe (F), add the Waist (B), Dress Top (A), Hat (C), Hat Brim(D), Umbrella Lining (H), and Umbrella Top (G).  After the appliqué is done, embroidery the arms, neck and umbrella handle.

Sew a the sashing strips into sets of three (dark, light, dark).  There should be 8 - 19 1/2" sets and 9 - 17 1/2" sets.  Sew the light and dark 2 1/2" squares into 10 Nine-patch blocks.  Refer to the diagram above.

Lay out your quilt with the sashing strips, cornerstone nine patches and Umbrella lady blocks.  Sew together row by row.  Measure the quilt top.  Cut the border strips to match the length.  Sew on the left and right border strips.  Sew the top and bottom sets of border strips together.  Add a nine-patch block to the corner of each.  Sew to the top and bottom of your quilt!!!!


Many thanks to Marie Walters from Ontario Canada who took time out from her busy schedule to share these images with us.  You can e-mail Marie directly at:  kevmarie@sympatico.ca

Kim Bunchuck