Barbara’s stunning wool quilt!!!
This stunning quilt is beautifully made by Barbara. The pattern is Farmhouse Wool 2 block of the month by Fig Tree & Co. Thanks for stopping by, I’m so excited to tell you about this quilt. One of my favorites for sure!! Yes, there are lots of pictures...I want you to see as much of this amazing quilt as you can.
I love the look of the colors of the wool popping off the cream background. After I started quilting, I sent a picture to Barbara, and we both felt it would be best to leave all of the wool unquilted.
I used Antique Cream 30 tex A&E Perma Core thread, and Hobbs wool batting for this one. Wool batting is perfect for those quilts that you want to add a little more pop to everything.
I don’t want to overload you with a close up on all 16 blocks, so I will share them in groups of 4, and then close up of the 4 different designs I did throughout the quilt. Doing 4 different background fillers, can be a lot, however because they are each used 4 times it works. They are also similar in style, and are very complimentary of one another.
To also keep the quilting complimentary, I did the same quilting in each 9 patch...which I used my favorite 8” edge ruler from Linda at thequiltedpineapple.com, I also used my 7” Circle2 ruler to do the same curve throughout, and the alternating circles and swirls in the 1” square borders around each block. Here is a video of me quilting the swirls and circles:
I love what something as simple as swirls and circles can add to a quilt.
Here are the next two sets of four...isn’t this just so lovely?!?!!!!
The next four pictures show the four different background filler designs that I quilted. I did each background 4 times, so it worked out perfectly. I also alternated each design, so that each design was on each row and each column. That way I don’t have too many of one design all bunch together on the quilt. Plus, when you’re adding a variety to anything...whether it’s quilting or design, it’s best to mix things up and so your eye travels throughout, and it’s more harmonious to look at. More pleasing to the eye. If you’re reading this on your phone, you may be able to scroll in on the full pictures of the quilt, and see what I’m talking about.
This block (pictured below) is my favorite!! Everything about it. The color and shape of the flower petals. And, that background overlapping circle design is just so much fun to quilt, and the result is stunning. If you haven’t checked out my YouTube video on the overlapping circles, click here: https://youtu.be/x0UNyEJdm9Y
Echo circles, swirls, and pebbles are so great to quilt behind something, because you can get super close and it helps the appliqué pop. For a video on this freehand design, check out tis video on my channel: https://youtu.be/-NNbKsFFYPg
Next up the grassy design. This always adds fun texture, no matter what it’s quilted on. Here is a video of this design: https://youtu.be/eMDOzouOzXA
Lastly the arc echo. I don’t have a video of this one just yet, but it’s also a great background filler. I’ve also quilted this tons of times, at a larger scale, as the main design on a quilt.
Like I mentioned above, I used my 7” Circle2 machine quilting circle ruler to quilt this fabulous sashing!! I used to hate quilting sashing. I just never knew what to quilt in it. Now it’s one of my favorite parts, because designs like this dress up the quilting a lot. Plus, it’s a bonus frame around each block.
My Circle2 (circle squared) rulers are available in a set of 6, on my website. https://www.quiltingit.com/shop?category=Rulers They come in clear or green 1/4” high quality acrylic. I designed these so you have 2 circles in each ruler, only needing 6 rulers, instead of 12. 2” to 13” sized circles. They have excellent lines and measurements. They are 2.5” wide, so that you can hold them easily. They are also designed with the hopping foot in mind. The hopping foot adds a 1/2” to circles. With these rulers you’ll get full size, instead of half sized circles. I’m starting to hear how much quilters are loving them!! Which makes my quilty heart happy. I struggled with the circle rulers I got years ago. The problem, they weren’t designed by a quilter. No helpful lines, and not the right size. My hope with these rulers, is that you’ll enhance your quilting but enjoy using them as well.
As pictured below, I used the halfway mark on each of those 1” squares to know where to anchor the points on the curves.
Look how beautiful those curves frame those blocks. Seriously, my favorite thing!!!
I hope you enjoyed hearing more, and mostly seeing all these pictures of the loveliest quilt.
Happy quilting, happy weekend, and hopefully soon to be happy spring... to those of us who’ve been in winter for awhile.
Take care, Leisha