November 01, 2014

Quilt all the things


I made this journal cover out of a beautiful piece of wool from the Pendleton Woolen Mill store. I went there because my friend and superstar Susan Beal was writing a book about sewing with their fabrics and I was curious. Her book, Hand-Stitched Home is out now and it is lovely. Cozy and sweet, which is exactly the kind of person Susan is.


So at Pendleton I picked up a piece of this thick, solid colored wool that was different colors on each side. It was labeled "Jacquard". I think usually jacquard means complicated weaving but in this case even though it was solid it was done on their jacquard looms, and that is how they got different colors on each side.

I thought I would make a little clutch out of it or something. But then one day I got that FMQ itch and I thought.... what if? And I started stitching on some of the scrap wool I'd gotten from the scrap bins on that same shopping trip....


And then I tried it with thicker thread on that lovely mustard wool...


And wow! How cool to not have to worry about batting or backing, just sit down and stitch.

I took a picture of the sticker on my fabric in case you're in love and want to call the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store and see if they can find you some:



What an easy present! Measure your piece, stitch something pretty, fold over the edges and stitch along the top and bottom. The one thing I was particular about was keeping the stitching from going off the edges of my piece, I didn't want to cut any threads and have them unravel.

This makes me think holiday gifts. (One down, twenty to go!)

Happy stitching!

13 comments:

Terry said...

That's beautiful! :0)

Willit Neverend said...

Very pretty and nice idea.

Ruth said...

I love it! Good idea.

Elsa said...

So pretty ~ I've got to get out there ~ I want to make a wool blanket! Love the quilting you do ~ so darned inspiring!

SewInspired2Day said...

Bring this to class today!

madhappycrafter said...

Great idea and oh so gorgeous! Is this wool felted? Is that why it won't unravel and you don't have to turn under your seams? Never sewed with it but Jamie Fingal does all her quilts with wool backing and no batting. It must sew like a dream!

madhappycrafter said...

woops, Christina - editing last comment - I meant to say she does her art quilts with wool backing - I don't know what she uses for quilts for actual use and washing.

Kathy said...

Beautiful!

A Quilter's Mission said...

Just checking out you book tonite for quilting inspiration! This is so simple and beautiful. I have always loved the feel of Pendleton wool.

A Quilter's Mission said...

Oh...I just noticed your new photo...love it!

Brenda said...

great idea!

Lara B. said...

Really gorgeous Christina! It looks like it was very fun to do. Susan's book looks very interesting - I love Adirondack style and wool projects fit right in with that.

Ophelia said...

I recognized this little piece of wool from your craftsy class. Thanks for yet more inspiration!

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