Blissfully simple sewing: wool appliqué (+ giveaway!)

It’s a dream of many quilters: to create an heirloom quilt to be cherished for generations.

McMillan Court quilt
“McMillan Court”

If you long to sew that masterpiece, we invite you to bring your dream to life with an easy appliqué technique that will lead to you to an heirloom quilt in record time.

With reproduction fabrics and an ace up their sleeves, the authors of the new book Country Elegance share the key to simple, yet spectacular, quilts. Their ace? Wool appliqué.

Wool applique
Blanket stitch wool cutouts to pretty cotton fabric. No edges to turn under!

Today Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel (aka the Quilted Crow Girls) are here to share wool-appliqué tips from their latest book, the follow-up to their bestseller Elegant Quilts, Country Charm. Find out which tools and techniques work best for them in their guest post below.

FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Leonie and Deirdre have launched their own line of felted wool called “The Seasons” with Marcus Fabrics—and we’ve got a bundle of it to give away to you! Learn how you can win it and a copy of Country Elegance at the bottom of this post. Visit the Marcus Fabrics blog for another chance to win!

Marcus Fabrics wool bundle giveaway

Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-AbelWe’re both so excited about the release of our second book, Country Elegance. The wonderful team at Martingale has excelled once again by presenting the projects beautifully and making us look so clever!

It was an absolute joy making these 12 projects. We each designed six. We work independently—which most people are surprised to hear—using a combination of two of our favorite mediums: cotton fabrics and woven wool.

Rhubarb and Custard quilt
“Rhubarb and Custard”

Woven wool is such a beautiful medium to work with—we can’t get enough of it! People who haven’t tried it are surprised at how easy it is to manage. And because there’s no need to turn under raw edges, it’s just trace, cut, position, and sew. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Hampden Lane quilt
“Hampden Lane”

People often ask us what type of thread we like to use. Both of us love Aurifil 28-weight Cotton Mako thread. It’s a joy to work with and comes in a great range of colors. We take small blanket stitches on our work and we like our thread to match the color of our wool. That way, the appliqué is featured rather than the stitching.

Projects from Country Elegance
Projects from Country Elegance

Some of the most important tools in each of our design studios include a light box for easy positioning of appliqués, sharp 4″ pointed scissors (a must-have), freezer paper, glue sticks, and staplers. There’s always something on the design wall and the brain tends to work way faster than the hands can. But that’s what makes the process so much fun!

Dickinson quilt

See more wool-appliqué quilts from Country Elegance >
(Buy the book, get the eBook free)

We hope you enjoy Country Elegance! Here’s one final appliqué tip we’d like to share with you.

Quick Tip--preassembling applique units

Country EleganceThanks for sharing your tips with us, Leonie and Deirdre!

Have you tried wool appliqué? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win the beautiful wool bundle from our friends at Marcus Fabrics plus a copy of the Country Elegance eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck—and remember to visit the Marcus Fabrics blog for another chance to win!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Ellen, who says:

“I’m learning wool on cotton applique and it’s becoming a favorite technique!”

Ellen, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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