MCM #13 – Wool Batting and More Wholecloth Quilting

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and, if you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. The weather here was so perfect, and we were able to spend a lot of time outdoors. I’m looking forward to more of that!

When I attended the AQS show in Lancaster, PA a couple weeks ago I was happy to see several wholecloth quilts on display. The pieces I saw were truly works of art. There were so many different quilting designs incorporated in each one, I could have spent an enormous amount of time studying them.

Having just finished my first wholecloth baby quilt, I really wanted to do another but with a more planned design. I decided it would also be the perfect time to work with a sample piece of wool batting. I have wanted to use a wool batt for a while now and I was able to pick up some sample pieces at the show.

I sketched out a rough idea on a piece of graph paper.

Sketch of FMQ Whole Cloth designThe sample piece of batting was roughly 18″ x 18″, so I played with that size. I wanted to keep the design balanced, so I chose to do the same elements on each side of the quilt. I planned on some kind of a circular motif in the center, and then would ‘play it by ear’ on the filler.

I marked this top – a lot! I used a water soluble blue pen because I knew I could give the quilt a bath when it was finished.

Marking a whole cloth quilt designAfter I marked the sides, I couldn’t decide on the center. I knew I had the stencil shown above, so I pulled it out and chose to use it. This had to be marked with chalk, but again I was okay with that since I would be soaking the quilt.

Then I started stitching. I didn’t hit all my marks but since they were mostly there as guidelines and would be washed out no one would know – right? 🙂

I have to say, I really like that wool batting a lot. It is Hobb’s washable wool and it gave the quilted piece the perfect amount of poof. Here is a shot of the back after quilting – the texture and puffiness of the batting really shows:

Hobb's Wool Batting TextureIsn’t that texture just yummy?!?

I was a bit afraid that the quilt would lose some of its poof after getting wet, but it didn’t. It is so soft and drapes really well, even with all that quilting. I will definitely be getting some of this batting to use in my larger quilts.

For some reason (!) I don’t have a picture of the finished piece. I will take one outside and post it tomorrow for you. The pics above were taken at night and I would rather have a pretty picture of the finished mini.

I had fun playing with this piece and want to do another with a scaled down design. I also am tired of pebbles. It’s definitely time for me to work with a different background fill!

I won’t get much stitching time this week – Mom is having surgery tomorrow and I’ll be busy with her. Maybe I’ll get to grab a few minutes here and there.  So this week I am living vicariously through all of you and your crushes for the week. 🙂  What has you excited to be in your sewing space? I would love to see. You can link up any blog post or Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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15 Responses to MCM #13 – Wool Batting and More Wholecloth Quilting

  1. Jasmine says:

    Wool batting is fun to try. Your quilting is beautiful.

  2. Deana says:

    Your machine quilting is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. I love wool batting for the very reasons you mentioned.

  4. Your quilting is beautiful! I love the design you chose. Nice job!

  5. Very pretty quilting Beth. I am loving all of the whole cloth quilts that people are working on lately. It is a treat to just look at the quilting without patterns behind it.

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  7. Sue J says:

    Love your quilting. If you ever don’t want to wash a quilt, a quilt pounce works great with a stencil and the chalk irons off.

  8. SarahZ says:

    That looks like some fun! Quilt shows are the best for inspiration! Have been considering some wool batting for my new boys’ quilts, as these cotton quilts just aren’t very warm!

  9. lapaylor says:

    take hand sewing along for the waiting… the quilting design is great, can’t wait to see it done. LeeAnna

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Love your whole cloth. Yes I love wool for the definition. I have used hobbs wool before and like it. But I have a queen quilt on the frame right now and using Dream Wool and really loving it to work with. Has a little more poof and body to it I think.

  11. Kate says:

    The quilting is gorgeous! Love the texture and that teal color.

  12. Beautiful quilting!! Love the effect of the batting. Imust try wool too.
    I hope everything is going well with your mother and you find some time to sew.

  13. Cath says:

    Oh yes, that is gorgeous fmq…..absolutely yummy texture!

  14. I hope that your mom’s surgery goes well, Beth. I will be thinking of you both.

    The mini quilt looks great, and I look forward to seeing the finished photos. 🙂

  15. What gorgeous quilting! I really must practise my fmq!

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