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I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...

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Pretty Parasols Quilt

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Pretty Parasols Quilt
Pretty Parasols Quilt
Pretty Parasols Quilt
Pretty Parasols Quilt

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic quilting and sewing skills

Pattern Description:

Here's a cheery little wall hanging to brighten even the rainiest day. Fabric possibilities are endless, so make this one your own and bring on the rain. You won't get wet under these gay umbrellas! This design is an adaptation of a 1950s baby quilt--simplified for easier piecing and assembled in a sashed setting that joins blocks into groups of four and then sashed again to join the 4-block units. The wall hanging size is perfect for a baby's room.

This design would also make a wonderful bed quilt. Since it's scrappy and it's built in four-block units, it's easy to increase the size. Yardage and directions are included for lap, twin, double/queen, and king-size quilts.

This quilt features pieced blocks (not applique). If you've never attempted curved piecing, this is an easy way to learn and perfect your skills. Extensive directions with clear illustrations guide the way to perfect blocks.

"Pretty Parasols" is a "planned scrappy" quilt. There isn't a duplicate block in it, but if you look closely, you'll see that some parasols are print with a solid band and others are the reverse. If you have a healthy fabric stash or a great collection of scraps or pre-cuts, you might not need to buy fabric for the parasols. Each one requires only a 6" x 8" or smaller scrap.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Wall Hanging: 40-1/'2" square
  • Directions also included for lap, twin, double/queen, & king sizes.


  • Scraps of prints and solids for the parasol pieces
  • Light background print for the block backgrounds and interior sashing in the four-block units.
  • Fabrics for colored sashing, border, backing, binding
  • See the pattern for specific yardage requirements.

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread
  • Batting