The joys of felted wool

The feel of this wool is so soft and so easy to put together.  My first ever wool quilt in process……….

Many moons ago I made many starts of hand sewn hexagons, know the type? cutting out paper templates, patches, hand basting the fabric around the patch and then hand sewing together, well not one was ever finished.  The idea of using a sewing machine for a quilt was only just emerging, but by me was frowned upon as not being traditional and most of all not PERFECT………

Many years have passed since, and recently when browsing Etsy, I came across this felted wool, so much softer than the normal felt you by and it comes in such beautiful colours and textures.  Having purchased many bundles and looking at the rich coloured stacks of fabrics, the idea of making a machine sewn quilt seemed perfectly acceptable!  So after watching numerous tutorials on you tube, off I went,  and in no time at all the squares were cut and sewn into blocks.

Laying them out and sewing together in the right order and trying to match all the seems was a little tricky.   I did not want my usual perfectionism get in the way of the instantaneous joy of working with these beautiful colours, so I tried to disengage the brain and just enjoyed the process of feeling the colours together, so what if two of the same sat  side by side or  the seams were not perfect joins. I set my intention that the quilt I was about to create was the one I was meant to have and whatever the outcome it would be beautiful to me.    So gentle music playing, the rhythmic whir of the machine, the warm soft touch of all these jewel like colours and not too many hours later the “quilt top” was finished.   It has a kind of retro look, its rich, colourful and will be oh so cosy and warm.

Now I need to apply the batting and reverse fabric and bind the edges…………………

I have already started another one, this time in cotton, same half square triangle design but in many colourful patterns.  But back to the day job today, a week of creating interiors, putting together the final scheme for my latest project for presentation on 6 Dec.  Then its on the next one…….

felted wool quilt

One thought on “The joys of felted wool

  1. Carol, I love your blog and would like to invite you to share your work and words on a facebook page that I administer. It is a community of creative people who inspire and support each other. Check it out at facebook.com/CreativeMomentum.

    I would love for you to join us there xx

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