Whether you are working from the April downloadable pattern or the Itty Bitty Quilts book, the construction of the April Itty Bitty is loads of fun and another one that is the easiest of the bunch. I particularly enjoy the needlework. Here’s a rundown of the tools I used in the building of this quilt…
- Itty Bitty Quilt book
- Wire Scalloped Single Stand
- Fabric Stack
- Roxanne Mini Blue Baste-It
- Embroidery Needle Threader
- Pigma Micron Marking Pen
I used flannel for the background and two stitch-and-flip corners, and wool for the appliqué’s.
Mark both squares used for the corners once diagonally. Place a square in a corner with the diagonal line positioned as shown. Sew along the corner side of the drawn line. Cut the corner off leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance and fold the triangle back and press to the corner. Repeat in the opposite, diagonal corner. Fuse a 6-1/2″ square of woven fusible material to the back (optional).
Trace the appliqué pieces onto the paper side of freezer paper. Cut the image out leaving some paper remaining around the perimeter of the drawn line.
Place the waxy side of the cutout onto the chosen portion of the wool and press well.
Let cool. Cut the templates out along the drawn line.
Position the cloud on the 6-1/2″ flannel square and use a few drops of Roxanne Mini Glue Baste-It dabbed in the center of the appliqué pieces just to hold them in place before the embroidery. The pieces can also be loosely basted onto the backing. It’s important not to put any of the glue on the perimeter as it will be a bit more difficult to stitch through.
With a blanket stitch and perle cotton, sew around the applique.
Position the umbrella and dab the center of it with Roxanne’s Mini Blue Baste-It as well. While it is drying the umbrella handle can be transferred to the the background. Refer to the March Itty Bitty tutorial for this process. I used a black size 5 perle cotton for the handle and sewed a stem stitch.
Quilt in the ditch where it is pieced and quilt around the cloud, umbrella, and umbrella handle. Bind with a 2″ binding.
Here’s another variation with crystals for raindrops that Judy made rather than using embroidery. I love her choice in crystals. they really look like raindrops and glitter like water does in the sun! Beautiful!!!