Wool Applique Mini Quilt
Wool Applique on a Mini Quilt
A wool applique mini quilt is fabulous for an added home decor item. I like the more muted colors that give a primitive folk art style. Civil War Fabric is my choice of cloth because it has the coloring and style that combine well with the wool colors that I work with.
I have done a series of products that incorporate sheep in them because I learned during my bible devotionals that sheep are talked about over five hundred times in the bible. Some of my special ones are, Christ called the lamb of God, Christ was known as the shepherd of his flock (flock meaning you and me), and lambs were used for sacrifice to the Lord for the cleansing of sin (Christ was our lamb that was sacrificed).
Wool pennies are also another favorite of mine. I heard the story that during the civil war when people were barely surviving, and the souths money was not very valuable, that old worn out wool clothing was used to make rugs. Coins were used for a template to cut out wool circles of various different sizes and sewn to fabric with the coin inside the circle to make rugs, hence the name penny rugs. For more decorate appeal other shapes were sewn onto fabrics to make items to decorate tables and dressers. That is the story that made me love to sew the pennies on my quilts.
Here of late, I have been hearing people claim that the story isn’t true. However, I have seen pictures on the internet where people have old quilts from their ancestors that do have the pennies in them. So I am not an expert and do not know what the truth is, but I do know I love the pennies on my quilts.
Giving dimension to my appliques is the fun part of designing my images. Flowers can come to be the life of the party quickly by utilizing other textiles that have different properties in the way they act and by adding decorative items. This flower has the look of a 3D effect caused by adding different fabrics and combining stitches.
I Started by stitching a large wool circle down on the fabric. The next layer is crochet lace stitched around the circle. I then used a crinkled stretchy fabric cut into a long rectangle that was twice as wide as I wanted to be attached to my flower. Fold the rectangle fabric in half and cut slits on the open side of the rectangle. Make a running stitch down the folded edge and pull to gather. For added texture attach the strip to the center of the flower using french knots.
Birds and flowers make a good image together, so I added a blue bird down below the flower.
Embellishing the center Flower
Even though the flower itself is a beautiful stand-alone flower, there are ways you can further embellish the flower in the center of the quilt.
I had stitched the flower down on a lighter wool square and then stitched that down to the cotton fabric. Next, I added wool pennies around the square to give more color and interest to the focal point which is the flower. As I mentioned before I was creating a series of products that have sheep on them, so I stitched sheep to each corner.
This quilt is a standout quilt for any home decor.