My Annual Quilt Retreat: The Projects

In my last blog I shared with you my love for primitive wool projects. Yes, I have the woolie loves to the extreme. I love the feel of pulling thick thread through this plush, soft fabric and feeling it sink into the layers of abundant, downy goodness. The colors are so palpable. Hand-dyed wool is like working with batiks but velvety. The project below isn’t finished yet, but you can see the dying effects in the background wool. Simpy delectable! I’m farther along with this project now and will share it when finished.

My first finished project was this Christmas table mat. It was the furthest along. All I had to do here was stitch down the dots, pennies and sew the white background to the black background. Cute, huh? It looks like paper children use to learn how to write. LOVE IT!

The next project was a collection of lambs. Each represents a season. How can you make a woolie love project without a lamb! Here are my four seasons beginning with Spring.

Of course winter is my favorite because its all about christmas and red! Wahoo! Love, love, love my red! Aren’t those little Cardinals sweet?! They’re dining with the lamb. So cute! My plan is to sew all four together with a decorative, hand-stitched design throught the seams. I’ll bring that back too when it’s finished.

Here is the final project. A beautiful hand-dyed blue background with snowflakes and stars sitting on top! Now, I have to share that this isn’t finished either; almost though. This little mat will sit on a white background. I couldn’t finish that part of it because I used the white wool (that came with it) for the milk bottle in the first project above. I know, it’s a “robbing Peter to pay Paul” kinda thing, but isn’t that what we do for our art?! So you are going to think I’m crazy for this but, I bought Swarovski crystals and (real) silver beads to adorn my little mat. I told Judy and she just chuckled. It’s totally unpractical but it will be SO beautiful when done!!! Wahoo! I promise, I’ll bring them all back in their completed beauty!!!



  1. RANCHMOM - July 4, 2013

    Mari, the retreat looks like it really would be fun. Your wool projects are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Joy - July 6, 2013

    Cant wait to see them done Mari! 🙂

  3. Barbara S - July 8, 2013

    Mari they are all sew cute. I’d like to do some woolies. Do you have to shrink the wool before you applique it? Obviously I am a complete novice.

  4. Mari - July 8, 2013

    Thanks everyone! Most of the time you can purchase wool that is already laundered. That’s wool that is hand-dyed. I never use wool felt or felt… it’s just not the same. You’ll love woolies Barbara. They just make me want to hug ’em!

  5. Linda Froggie - July 8, 2013

    I love them, Mari! The lambs for the four seasons are great.
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  6. ellen Krane - July 8, 2013

    Ok, I do love the texture and woven wool, the houndstooth and chevrons give it depth, rather then the dyed wool i’ve seen locally in shops. Which is beautiful, but the green christmas woven is awesome! So do you buy the wovens,or thrift them?? I have done one project with wool felt, why don’t you like it, too stiff?? And I would like to do more as it is a great hand project “to go”. also did you make your patterns or are they available thru CT?

  7. Mari - July 9, 2013

    Hi Ellen ~
    I do both, buy my wools and thrift purchase. You never know where you’re going to find just he right piece and half the fun is in the hunt! I don’t care for wool felt because of the stiffness as well as the lack of visual texture. I love the mix of visual textures. It makes the finished project more interesting. I purchased the pattern but will be making my own patterns here very soon. CT doesn’t sell wool patterns because we don’t sell wool, however, our IDP program will soon carry them or may already!