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April Showers: Stitch a Scrappy Umbrella Quilt Block

This bright umbrella quilt block pattern will be sure to chase away the blues during those frequent April showers!

April Showers Umbrella quilt block

This block is 8 1/2″ and will be 8″ once it is sewn into a project. It is made almost entirely of 1 1/2″ strips just like the other month blocks (see the full list at the end of this post!)

Materials needed:

  • From the background fabric cut: 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, 2 strips 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 1 square 1” x 1”, 1 square 5 1/2” cut once on the diagonal
  • From the black for the handle fabric cut: 1 strip 1 1/2” x 5”
  • From the scraps for the umbrella cut: 1 strip 1 1/2” x 9”, 1 strip 1 1/2” x 7”, 1 strip 1 1/2” x 5”, 1 strip 1 1/2” x 3”
  • Always use a 1/4” seam allowance when sewing this block.
Download the printable Umbrella Quilt Block tutorial here.

cut fabrics for the umbrella block

Step 1:

Arrange the blocks as shown below and sew the triangles to the handle strip. Press the seams toward the background triangles.

umbrella block layout

Step 2:

Fold the umbrella strips in half and finger press to find the center.

finger pressing the strips to mark the center

Step 3:

Sew the strips together matching the center crease. Press the seams away from the longest strip.

umbrella strips sewn together

Step 4:

Sew the small background square to the center of the shortest strip and press the seams toward the square.

umbrella strips with background square added

Step 5:

Sew the umbrella strip unit to the handle unit. Press the seam toward the umbrella.

block center sewn together

Step 6:

Using a 6 1/2” square ruler, trim the block to exactly 6 1/2”. Line the 45-degree angle mark along the seam that joins the umbrella to the background. Please note that if you use a scant 1/4” seam allowance you may trim off almost all of the background 1” square.

trimming the block

Step 7:

Sew the top and bottom borders to the block. Press the seams toward the borders. Then sew the side borders to the block. Again, press the seams toward the borders. The block will be 8 1/2”. Trim if necessary.

adding the borders

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6 Comments

Hazel Walker

Hey, hey Diane. Thanks for another great block. As it rains today that cheery umbrella just gits the bill job well done. Hw

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Jane Long

ciould i use a jelly roll for this pattern?

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Martha spinner

I have a piece of a windham material by nancygere pattern no 30948. I need at least another yard or 2 is this still available? Thank you

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Mary J. Garner

What is the purpose of the 1 in. block? Isn’t it hidden by the blue borders?

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Brenda Walczewski

Love the umbrella pattern, it is different.

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Gina Clabough

I really like this pattern, but have a question. I just sewed 2 of them, following the dimensions that you have listed. The black handle in the pictures appears to be 1 inch and not 1 1/12 inches in width. Should it be 1 x 5 or 1 1/2 x5 inches. Thanks!

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