FULLED WOOL QUILTS
start by saying the wool quilts I make are 100% wool.
The entire quilt top is wool, I don't do wool appliques onto
other fabrics. I make my quilts out of FULLED WOOL.
Fulled wool is not commercially available, you have to make it
yourself. The process isn't hard, but it does take time.
When I say fulled wool is not commercially available, I mean
it is not easily available, what is on the market is
horrendously expensive and comes in very few colors. This
is why I make my own fulled wool, either by recycling old 100%
woolen clothing or shrinking 100% woolen yardage. The
fabric that is on the market called boiled wool is not exactly
the same; for more information on the distinction between fulled
wool, boiled wool and felted wool click
I shrink up the wool (fulling it) until it
is about 3/8" thick, so thick it doesn't fray or ravel, cut
the pieces finished size (no seam allowances), abut the raw
edges and piece it
edge to edge using machine joining or machine decorative
stitches. To finish you apply a backing and machine quilt it. Binding is
like any other quilt. The quilt may or may not contain a
batting (you really don't need one) and they are completely
machine washable and driable. They are VERY warm.
They are incredibly sturdy! And they seem to appeal
strongly to men (they are certainly not delicate quilts). I have done them in both a rustic lodge
style and, as you will see, they can be very feminine looking.
I have always liked star quilts and so when I was
experimenting with fulled wool and gradation dyeing the wool, I
knew I was going to do some wool stars.
This is a close up of one of the blocks of the star quilt that I
took out to the Simply Quilts filming.
The center of the block has been machine embroidered, the
colored wools are all hand dyed, and the entire quilt was long
arm machine quilted.
To see a full picture and description of this quilt, please
click here. Please note:
This is a detailed picture and this page is SLOW LOADING.
For more fulled wool quilts, please click
Because you get unusual shapes when you full from old clothing,
crazy piecing is a natural for fulled wool quilts.
Click here to take a look at some crazy piecing using fulled wool.