by Nova on February 2, 2014

First quilt finish of 2014. Hurrah!

Umbrella Prints Quilt

The main fabrics are from Umbrella Prints, from their Floating Worlds collection with some stash fabrics & solids mixed in. Pattern & fabric notes are back here.

I found a great big piece of linen blend fabric at the opp shop just after I completed the quilt top, talk about serendipitous as it was the perfect match for this quilt & the perfect amount with plenty to spare. Love that.  I wonder who throws out such huge quantities of linen fabric but I’m kind of happy they do!

Umbrella PrintsI used iron on cotton batting for the first time & it is ace. LOVE it. No more pins, no more spray! Gotta be happy with that. It was super simple to use. I was a little worried using it on a fairly large quilt but I had no dramas at all with it  & no puckers. *

I quilted it with relaxed lines &  bound it with some Ume print from the Floating World range in Russian caravan colourway. I love the dark & dotty effect for the binding :)

Umbrella Prints Floating Worlds quilt

I really really love this quilt –  the colours, the prints,  the mix of textures, the size,  the quilting. I love that most of my corners match up (thanks to the nifty little seam guide on my Feathrweight). Just needs a wash now to get the crinkle happening & i may just love it a little bit more then.

Thanks Carly & Amy for inviting me play with your beautiful fabrics. I had a ball!

*eta: I had quite a few comments about the iron on batting so wanted to add a bit more info. I’m not sure of the brand, sorry.  Basically you sandwich your 3 layers together & give it all a good iron with steam & all 3 layers adhere together. Much like spray baste though you can pull the fabric back to reposition it.

Here’s what I did – I have a cutting table that I use as an ironing board also, it’s pretty big but not as big as a quilt (Approx 62″ x 40″). It’s covered with thick batting & calico. I guess the floor would be ok too? I ironed the backing & laid it out across the cutting table. Next I laid out the batting over the backing & smoothed it over with my hands, if it’s been folded it’s a good idea to open it out on a spare bed for a day just to relax the fold marks.  Next came the quilt top (which I’d already ironed). I smoothed it out by hand & when I was happy with the position I gave it a slow press with the iron on steam. Once I’d done the table tops worth I moved the quilt over & pressed the rest with steam until all the top had been pressed.  All 3 layers were stuck but just to be sure I flipped it over & gave the back a quick press.  I did do a Google search & found some folks pin around the edges but I didn’t worry & it was fine.  AS with spray baste you will want to wash your quilt before use to remove the adhesive.

Hope that helps :)



{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel at Stitched in Color February 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

It really is a great pattern and your mix of fabrics is fresh. I had never heard of iron on batting! The world is always full of surprises. sounds cool!


Katy February 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

Yay finishes! It looks great, and good to know about the iron on batting, I’d been worried about how easy it would be on a big quilt


Carla February 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

It just loverly. The quilting is a favourite : ) I have used fusible batting just once and I did like it. I’ve only seen it in crib size


nicole - aka snips ;) February 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Just gorgeous! I love the colour palette and the pattern is fantastic! I’ve used the iron on batting once before and it’s amazing isn’t it?! So much easier!


Gwenda February 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

That is one good start to 2014. Looks amazing and I log the edging as it defines the other fabrics so well.


Melissa February 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Nice! I like this very much.


Cille February 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Wonderful, wonderful fabrics. I really like the simplicity of the pattern – perfect for letting the colors speak.


Amy Morinaka February 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

What a gorgeous quilt. Yes the dark and dotty binding adds a graceful touch to the entire colorway. Love the calm and natural colors you used… Oh and I’d definitely like to try the iron on cotton batting, too!


Fran February 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Love the cute binding! Could you explain more about the iron on batting?!? Sounds fab. Do you iron it to the backing, the quilt top or both?


willit February 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

It looks great!


Fiona February 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Oh my god, it looks absolutely amazing. It’s a favourite! The colours are wonderful and the patterns really come together well, love the binding. Another awesome job.


Pamela February 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Love the quilt, I have a thing for strips and colours. have never seen iron on batting, would you tell me what make it is. I struggle with pinning and do not like spray, I may be able to source it in the uk.


Margarete February 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

I love it, beautiful !


flying Blind February 3, 2014 at 6:33 am

Turned out right grand xxx


Kellie Andersen February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

The design works really, really well with the Umbrella Prints, you’ve nailed it again girl! So glad you’re loving the iron-on batting, it’s my new bf ;-) and yes, ironing a large quilt on the floor is a piece of cake. Yay iron on batting!


Jolana February 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

So nice quilt, I love the colors! Lovely result :)


Erin February 4, 2014 at 1:52 am

Your quilt is beautiful! Thank you for the tips on the batting. It is something I am going to have to try.


wendy February 5, 2014 at 2:38 am

it’s beautiful! I used that fusible batting for my first ever quilt. It would have gone really well, had I not ironed it to the ironing board! I thought it was a little thin.


Amy February 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

In Love thank you so much for exploring our fabrics in such wonderful ways xox


jodi October 10, 2014 at 12:56 am

Hi again! I’ve been having fun poking around your blog and drooling over your “makings”. Love this quilt – the greens and browns, the binding. Ahhhhhh….


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