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Wooly-Wooly Quilt Pattern

Wooly-Wooly

Make this fun Wooly sheep project this weekend.

This adorable duo is available for you to download today at Craftsy.com

Pearl and Wooly-Wooly

Photoshoot crasher!

How it all started…

This little quilt was made out of 100% recycled wool. I used felted sweaters and other clothing to make this primitive little wall hanging. It was so popular with my friends and family that they all encouraged me to make it into a quilt pattern.

Wooly Wooly in Wool

The Original Wooly-Wooly

I know a lot of quilters don’t work in wool so I wanted to remake the quilt in a way that all quilters could enjoy it.

So, many many days later…. I finally finished the pattern.

It takes quite awhile from idea to prototype to writing instructions and testing and revising and editing.

Here is a close up.

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If you like “Country” , “Primitive” , or “Folk Art” ; this is the pattern for you.

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Did I mention there are full directions for a table runner too?

I always want to give my customers a little more.

Pictures to come soon….

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This pattern lends itself to your personal touches. It can be made in cottons, flannels, or especially wools.

The little flowers along the bottom look great done in applique or substitute buttons or yo-yos.

Take this pattern and combine it with your favorite tote bag or pillow pattern and you have a wonderful conversation starter or perfect gift for that extra special someone.

This pattern will be available for a limited time at the introductory price of just $4.50 for a pdf download at Craftsy. I will be adding it to Etsy and Patterspot in the near future, but I like Craftsy the best because it is available to download over and over and if I ever update the pattern to (add more cool stuff) you get all the changes!

Won’t you give these little guys a good home?

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

Primitive Pincushion

Here is a quick project.

This is a great project for a cold winter’s day.

Gather up all your scraps and sew them together in a random fashion.

Primitive Pincushion

Primitive Pincushion

Wool works great here because you don’t have to worry about the raw edges.

Russell Crow

This is Russell the crow.
**Russell Crow**

This is a great way to practice your embroidery stitches or you could stitch them with your sewing machine.

Okay, go have some fun.

Mix it up

Do you mix-it-up? I mean do you mix machine work and hand work. I try to keep one of each project going at all times.

If you have been reading my blog you would think that I am a real machine enthusiast. If you knew me in person, you would probably wonder who is writing this blog….

In fact among my quilting friends I am perceived as quite the traditionalist. My loves are applique and crazy quilting with a strong emphasis on silk ribbon and beading. :) I confess, I love handwork!

The problem with handwork is that it is time consuming. I just can’t get done everything I want to get done. (And I am not just talking about quilting, if you catch my drift.)

I am working to learn the art of machine quilting in hopes of upping my total finished projects, but….

I still love a good old needle and thread job.

  • Handwork is portable.
  • Handwork can be done at otherwise wasted minutes and hours.
  • It makes the hubby happy. I reach over and rub his feet every now and then when I’m sitting on the couch at night watching listening to the television.
  • It is worth the effort.

I really do find it rewarding!

My mom picked up this little kit and pattern about 3 weeks ago at the last Vermont Quilt Festival. I was able to finish the entire mat in just a few days. It is addictive.The Cat's Meow

It is called “The Cat’s Meow Candle Mat” by Bareroots. I just LOVE her style. The mat is very small. It’s finished size is only 8″ in diameter.

It probably isn’t very practical, but it is adorable.

It only take 3 very simple stitches to be able to complete this project.

  • The Whip Stitch
  • The  Back Stitch
  • The  French Knot

Tutorials for these stitches are coming soon….

I can’t resist a few closeups. (I’m like a grandmother….he he.)

Gray and White Kitty

The tiny mouse was fun to stitch.Siamese KittyThe mouse measures 1/2″ x 1/4″! It is tiny.

 

 

 

Playful Calico

Quick, the mouse is getting away!

Do you have a preference of hand or machine work, or are you like me and like to have a little of both going at the same time?

Well it is VERY HOT in this non-air conditioned sewing room, so until next time…. Happy Stitching!

Michelle

What are you watching?

Bluebirds

The evenings are the time for me to do handwork. My husband likes to watch TV in the evenings after a hard day of work and he likes to have me near him. (He says he gets lonely.) I usually have a project going or surf the web, but I like have to be doing something.

I don’t especially like watching TV. I think the main reason for this is that my husband is a chronic channel changer. Last night we watched “The Big Nicholas Bang Nickleby Theory”. If you have a husband like mine you know what I mean.

I joked with my husband that if I had a nickel for every time that he changed the channel, I would be able to buy myself a new Bernina Sewing Machine.

I love him just the same…

Bluebirds

My evening work

Here is a peek at what I was working on last night.

Happy Quilting,
Michelle

Hot Stuff!

 

100% Wool Wall hanging.100% Recycled Wool!

We all know that wool is warm, but were you aware of how HOT wool is right now?

I see wool projects popping up in the quilt shops, in quilt magazines and even regular crafts and home magazines.

I have to admit that I am on a bit of a wool kick right now. If you try to work with wool you will see why it is so “HOT!” right now.

It is so easy to work with.

  • It doesn’t fray so you don’t have to turn under the edges or even finish the edges.
  • It is easy to find in thrift stores or your own home
  • You can use the tiniest scraps
  • The colors and textures are wonderful
  • It lends itself well to “primitive” work. This means it is supposed to look like a 3-year-old did it, so your first efforts are golden.

Tips for working with wool:

Be aware there are many different “wools” and wool blends.

A piece of fabric may be 100% wool or it may only be 20% wool. Some are called wool or woolfelt. Usually woolfelt has Rayon as the other ingredient. As long as the edges don’t fray you have to decide if you like the “look” of the different wools.

The important thing to remember is that you want you wool “felted”. This has nothing to do with what it is made of.

To felt your wool

1. Wash in Hot water with a little detergent and use a Cold water rinse.

  • Be sure to wash dark colors separately from light colors as they are likely to run.
  • Throw in an old pair of Jeans as this adds to the agitation action which felts the wool.

2. Dry in a Hot dryer until almost dry.

3. Steam press if necessary.

4. Check to be sure the wool is “felted”. It should have shrunk up and not fray at all on the edges.

5. If it is good, go ahead and use it in your project.

6. Some people recommend dry cleaning only. I haven’t been working with it long enough to give any recommendations, but I would try a cool hand wash with my own projects.

So go out and buy some wool and try to make some neat little gift or project or you can try to make this cool little pincushion here or how about a wool Christmas ornament?

Bear Pincushion

Wool Ornament

Star Ornament

This was made from an old sweater.

Happy Quilting!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Packages, How we love them….

 

Little Snowman

Snowman in progress

Two days = Two Packages!

One I was expecting, the other, a complete surprise.

 

The first was a package of wonderful woolfelts. I love working with wools.

I have two classes coming up next month involving wools. I need to make up kits for my students.

Problem…

1. Wool is hard to come by here where I live.

2. It is kind of on the expensive side.

3. Find enough for 30 students. HA!

so I decided to take the plunge and try woolfelt. I have heard it was great, but I am a purist and like to stick with only the real stuff.

My package arrived yesterday. I’m thrilled with what was inside.

Wool Wool Wool

Wool Wool Wool

 

The best part is that Prairie Point Junction is having a sale right now through midnight October 30th. 20% off everything! Check it out for yourself at http://www.prairiepointjunction.com

I’m not affiliated with them or anything, I am just a really happy customer.

 

Here are a few of my wool projects

Poinsetta Ornament

This is silk ribbon embroidery on wool

Star Wool Ornament

Red and Beige Star

 

Now the second package was a complete surprise. I recently had an opportunity to subscribe to a quilting magazine through my local quild. Soon I got a letter thanking me and asking if I would like to get another year for just $12.00. I said yes right away. That is a steal! 6 issues for $12.00!

Anyway yesterday my little package was a thank you for renewing. It contained 3 fullsize spools of sulky rayon threads. These alone probably cost $12.00. What a deal.

Sulky Surprise

Sulky Surprise

This company is taking seriously the advice to take care of your customers. I will definitely recommend them to others.

Got to go now,

Happy Quilting

Michelle