April Itty Bitty

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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…

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).

April IBQ 1

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.

April IBQ 2

Place the waxy side of the cutout onto the chosen portion of the wool and press well.

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Let cool. Cut the templates out along the drawn line.

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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.

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With a blanket stitch and perle cotton, sew around the applique.

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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.

April IBQ 8

Quilt in the ditch where it is pieced and quilt around the cloud, umbrella, and umbrella handle. Bind with a 2″ binding.

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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!!!



  1. Stephanie - February 16, 2016

    That is absolutely beyond adorable. The second I saw it, I was in love with the idea! Can’t wait to make this! Cheers!

    • Mari - February 16, 2016

      Stephanie, thank you! So glad you like it! Have fun making your own (your own!). Cheers to you!

  2. darlene - February 16, 2016

    Very nice

    • Mari - February 16, 2016

      Thank you Darlene. So happy you like it!!!

  3. Rita S - February 16, 2016

    This is too cute! I think I would do it in cotton with spring colors but your umbrella does really pop.

    • Mari - February 16, 2016

      Awe, thank you Rita. All the Itty Bitty quilts were done in flat cotton first. Check out the book. I’m just a flannel and wool lover and had to do them again in the flannel and wool.

  4. Fran - February 22, 2016

    Love this little quilt! Also love the cat in the picture. Where might I get the cat?

    • Mari - February 22, 2016

      Fran, thank you! The cat is a Williraye figurine. It’s an old one and am not sure if it’s still available but you can start with their website: willirayestudio.com

      • Fran - February 22, 2016

        Thank you!