Yep the rain is back. It wasn’t even gone long enough for me to miss it. Good thing I have plenty of umbrellas ready right? Like nine of them. Now that’s a bevy of brollies.
I think Jane and Marieka from Quilt Group were spot on with the dark grey sashing. I love it! I think it sets the blocks off beautifully. Black might have been a little too stark.
I’m kinda loving these just as a little strip of three. Wouldn’t that be cute hung over the brolly bucket? Or whatever the fancypants name is for a brolly bucket.
Originally I planned for the blue square to have an upside down umbrella. I.e. blue sky background, umbrella not needed, therefore carelessly tossed upside down. Sounds all artsy and deep-thoughty. But it looked crap. So the brolly went back up the right way, and it’s only as I’ve posted these photos I realise that means the handle that I had carefully organised to be in the same direction as the others… now isn’t. Oh well.
So this mini measures around 12.5” square. So those umbrellas are small. You can’t tell that from the photo though! So there are a lot of seams close together in there. Which brings me to my next dilemma… how do I quilt this? Do I quilt it? Or do I just whack some batting, backing and binding on it and call it a day? (Well I’ll call it Rainy Days actually).
Oh and if you’re interested… I have just listed the pattern for the umbrella block for sale on Craftsy. But don’t worry – it’s not for a 4” block – it’s for the 8” size. Much easier. Like this one I showed off the other day:
But guess what? I also popped in some extras! As the points on this block are pretty fiddly, I also added a variation that has no points, but a nice tidy stripe, and also a third variation that’s nice and easy with no points or stripes. So how about that – three for the price of one! Bonus!
If you happen to make this block – I would love to see how it turns out! I have plans to one day make a whole quilt full of umbrellas. But I really should take care of this mini one first!
While we’re talking paper piecing – it’s official! The Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop will start on the 1st August. It’s going to be great fun! You can read a bit more about it here.
As for the rest of my WiPs… Peacocks in the Garden remains shoddily quilted as I have not yet had the heart to unpick the quilting. Plus I’ve been having too much fun paper piecing to do something as dreadful as unpick quilting stitches. But I will get to it. Eventually.
Linking up with WiP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced