The wonderful world of wool – fabric primer (part 1)

From My Enchanted GardenAre you wild about wool? If you haven’t tried quilting with wool, autumn is the perfect time—cooler weather and cozy textiles go hand in hand. Wool is surprisingly fast, easy, and fun to use! But if you’re new to wool appliqué or piecing, you may be curious about the fabric itself. Is it really that different from cotton? In our three-part series this week, we’ll answer some essential questions.

Modern Primitive QuiltsOne question asked in the comments of a recent post about quilting with wool was this: how do you wash it in preparation for sewing? Here’s advice from Laurie Simpson, author of Modern Primitive Quilts (and one half of Minick and Simpson, the popular fabric designers for Moda):

Quick tip: washing wool for quilts
Easier than you imagined? We thought so!

Take a look at Laurie’s gorgeous designs—some wool, some cotton, and some a mix of both—from Modern Primitive Quilts:

Projects from Modern Primitive Quilts
Clockwise from left: “Wild Wool Horses,” “Wool Stars,” “Mornings on the Farm,” and “Japanese Baskets”

We love Laurie’s scrappy Log Cabin quilt in Halloween hues! The cotton quilt is paired with a whimsical wool pillow topper:

Old Time Halloween quilt

See more from Modern Primitive Quilts >

Pennies from HeavenMore wonderful ways with wool

Discover how simple and satisfying it is to hand stitch spectacular wool-applique quilts featuring flowers, berries, leaves, and classic pennies. Create your own version of the award-winning quilt that inspired designer Gretchen Gibbons to write Pennies from Heaven. Patterns for 10 beautiful blocks are featured in a main quilt and in smaller projects, such as a table runner and wall hanging. See the projects.

Rate your wool know-how: need a teacher, need a student, or just need more wool? Tell us in the comments!

P.S.: Meet back here tomorrow for another tip about quilting with wool—plus some scrumptious wool project ideas for the holidays.

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