Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wool applique on Cotton quilts...giveaway alert

I love combining various elements together. melding them into something unexpected and fun. I also enjoy doing the felted wool penny rugs, using wool and no cotton fabrics. The chook rug with eggs is all wool and so are the chili pepper pin cushions. The profile pic I have on my etsy shop is wool on fabric.

 I am working on a table runner now that is patchwork with wool on top, this is the work in  progress pictured above. If you notice, the lazy me  simply staples the wool down and then hand embroidery is added. I  hand dyed the wools for this project. The pattern is
by Buttermilk Basin and is Seasonal Spring Runner, 12"x36". You put the patchwork together then applique the wooly pieces  on. I have a ways to go.

The little chook piece is wool appliqued down to a chunk of vintage quilt. I was dismayed to find a box of tattered quilts, way to damaged to salvage. Rather then throw them out, I cut the usable pieces out to make little shelf pillows. I always cut the background first, then cut the wool to fit. For the backing of the pillow, I use vintage linen or a thicker cotton then I normally use for quilting. If I have strips of leftover batting, I pull it apart, fluff with my fingers  and stuff, closing with a running stitch. I like to put a row of feather stitches around the edges to finish it off.

I was able to glean several pieces of this one. This is only the back of the bad quilt, the front is much worse!

Here is a closer pic of the chook on the vintage quilt piece. Just a free form cut...I have left some staples in the piece, blow them up to see better.
I hope this answers some questions about the wool and cottons together. If anyone has any more, feel free to ask. If you would rather have this little chook on the quilt piece, I'll toss it in too....that way you can add a backing for a pillow or maybe some binding for a table can choose!     Or, you can choose one of the kits in the prior post.
Keep your entries coming in, it's so nice to see so many ladies from NZ and Australia entering. Thank you for making this fun, Elaine                                                                                  



  1. I love your table runner Elaine, love, love, love. Can you tell I really like it? hehe!!
    I think I need do do something with sunflowers on....
    Sleep's overated anyway, don't you think?

  2. Hi Elaine. I love your felting I have never tried it it looks hard to do But I would love to give it A try. Highland Hen sent me to you she is my daughter.Have A good Week.
    Hugs Mary.

  3. What a great idea to save some of a quilt, these projects are wonderful!

  4. I love your table runner, it looks like you are having a lot of fun.