The flavour of the month is …….felt

It seems as though the patchwork world has discovered the joys of working with wool felt. Some of us have been doing this for many years, but it is lovely to see this in patchwork items more and more. I have made bags,

Bag with felt flowers and table runners

Christmas tablerunner

and small wall quilts over the years,

camelias and have quite a collection of felts – some hand dyed wool felt, some quite thick, some thinner and some more like wool suitings.

Part of the felt stash

Part of the felt stash

This year I didn’t attend the Australian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, but a friend did – and she had booked into a workshop with Wendy Williams to make a cushion. I had a while ago purchased one Wendy’s colourful cushion patterns, so I decided to start stitching it (is that called living vicariously through a workshop?!!).

Cushion Pattern

Of course, I didn’t choose colours that went with my decor – I wanted to try some new colours and began selecting the basket colours first and using similar backgrounds (black and white) to the original pattern photo.

Fabrics

Then the fun starts – choosing all the gorgeous felted wools to go into the flowers and leaves. I had quite a few at home to choose from, and did buy one or two to add to my felt stash.

I used Wendy’s idea of putting fussy cut floral fabrics or graphic patterns as the centres of the flowers (a good way of making ‘cheddar cheese’ out of fabric!).

Closeup

Having a selection of Ne 12’s and Lana threads to choose from was great – however I found I wanted to purchase some more as I didn’t quite have the ‘right’ colour at times. (a good way of extending my thread collection!).

Aurifil threads

I don’t think you can have just one new cushion – so I am going to make another one, using similar colours (another chance to buy some more fabrics??).

I haven’t got to the quilting stage – but I may hand quilt it in Ne 12 – or – on second thoughts, I may machine quilt it in Ne 28 or 40 to ‘puff’ up the flowers and leaves. The possibilities are endless!!

Nearly finished

I just have to complete the quilting, make a cushion backing, buy an insert and I’m finished!

It’s far too early!

to be thinking about Christmas, but when I finally found some more felted wools to start a table runner and use a new pattern, I had to think about a special festive occasion coming up in December.

My friend went to the BIG quilt show in Houston last year, and on her return bought me a present of a Wooly Lady pattern and some felted wools.

Wooly Lady pattern and my collection of Aurifil Lana

I was thrilled with this gift, and was determined to make it by Christmas of this year.  As wool by the metre (or yard) is very expensive, and quite difficult to locate in Australia, I decided to put the wool onto a fabric (cotton) background.

In sewing the felted wool on, I used the lovely LANA thread , using a buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine and put a stabliser on the back of the cotton fabric.

Layering up the poinsettia flower

After a few initial ‘teething’ problems – not having the correct machine needle (a topstitch or an embroidery or a universal needle seems to work best in a 90 or 100 size) , and altering the tension too, I found I could carefully sew around the shapes.  It certainly is much quicker to sew using the machine, and I am hoping the project will be completed soon.  By the way, I used a matching Cotton Mako 40  or 50 thread on the bobbin of the machine  to suit the top thread colour.

Placing the new pieces on ready for sewing

I have to spend a few more hours layering each poinsettia then adding the additional flowers, and berries.  Hopefully before too long, I can blog a completed table runner!!

Some of the threads I used – perfectly blending in with the felted wool.