Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A wooly finish

As the reality of my upcoming move begins to sink in I am looking around to finish up a few UFOs that are almost done. Here is a wool project that I started about a year ago to practice embellishing. The pattern is from the book "Pennies from Heaven" and is just a small wall hanging. I tried a few new things with this including some needle turn appliqué using silk taffeta. I was surprised how easy it was since I had heard horror stories of raveling and shredding. But I used no interfacing and just marked the front and needle turned the seam allowance just as I would cotton fabric. It adds a nice sheen and I will be doing this again. I have a lot of silk taffeta that I purchased in Thailand but also some that I pick up in drapery fabric stores. Those little free swatches are perfect for appliqué! I did some quilting around all the appliqué and am not sure how I like that. I rarely see quilting on small wool pieces but I wanted to give it a try. Looks ok but not as flat as I might like. Perhaps next time I need to add more quilting in the wool background but this one will stay as is. I also used a silk blend stripe fore the binding. The colors are perfect and it was surprisingly easy to work with. Overall a happy experiment.

11 comments:

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the background fabric as well and that striped binding is so cute!

sunny said...

Very pretty! And yes, that backgroud fabric complements it beautifully.

Beth Probasco said...

Your wallhanging is beautiful! Good job of trying out different fabrics.
Beth in MN

Michelle May said...

Stunning! I looooooooove it!

Oops-Lah said...

Lovely! I've never done wool applique but always wanted to try. Did you do it by needle turn or is it raw edge?

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

I love it! Lovely colors and wool and cotton is so nice together...

Carla said...

It's gorgeous. My boss' mother always quilts around appliqué. Wool too ; )

Brandie said...

Wool too?! Wow girl you can do it all! I have yet to try wool, I'm afraid I'll start hoarding a whole new set of fabrics. Good to know about the taffeta.
Gorgeous!

Carrie P. said...

It is beautiful! Love your border fabric.
Never tried applique with taffeta.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I gasped when I saw this beautiful little quilt. It's absolute perfection!!

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Love it! Gorgeous background fabric and the binding is perfect.