Quilting on wool never gets old! I Love it!! Such incredible texture is created when the stitches bury themselves down deep into the fibers of the fabric.
If you have been following me for any length of time, you have seen me quilt numerous wool quilts. Some are just wool appliqué on cotton or flannel fabric. Then there have been others, like the one I’m sharing with you today, that is wool appliqué on wool fabric. This combination comes with a few additional challenges.
Autumn Sampler Coverlet
Here are a few things to consider when machine quilting on wool fabric.
Wool is extremely stretchy and heavy, so if you plan to hang your quilt on a wall then make sure your quilting is evenly spaced. Don’t over quilt in some areas then leave other areas without quilting. Open spaces left un-quilted will sag over time.
When loading the longarm, it is best to attach your fabric square to the leaders with pins. Not with red snappers as they will stretch the fabrics out of square. And as always, I do not recommend floating your top. Pinning the top square to the leader will allow you to control the squareness and keep even tension on the top.
Wool batting is not necessary. A thin batting, like 80/20 is sufficient. 100% cotton is not recommended.
Avoid using wool as a backing if top is all wool. This would make the quilt super heavy.
If you are using a stencil design, pre-mark before loading.
I used the 2'' Diamond grid stencil to mark the quilt below.
As I began, my goal was to stabilize the quilt as much as I could, and as continuously as I could, without quilting too much in one spot. As this could distort the shape of the applique.
To see how to quilt Double crosshatching around appliqué, take a look at this video.
So, beyond the outer feathers I randomly filled in with a few circles. Then came back and stitched the straight line border to mimic the double crosshatch lines in the center of the quilt.
I hope you have found these tips helpful.