QUILT INFO

This is the first block from the pattern "The Milkmaid's Album" which was designed by Betty Alderman. Out of print pattern.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scrappy Wool Pumpkin Seeds

Today I am linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and working on a scrappy wool mat.


I have a big bag of small bits of wool that are left overs from projects.  I often search through the scraps when I need a single small piece of something for wool applique.  It was during one of these searches that I decided to use some for a pumpkin seed design.  I found the shape in the Electric Quilt program under stencils/curves and printed it out small.  If you go larger, more black will show. You could also do an image search on Google for the pumpkin seed quilt design.   After I had a bunch cut out, I rough cut a piece of black wool about the size I thought I might want the end product to be.  I have Heat 'n Bond Lite on the back of the shapes but you could use your favorite method for prepping the wool pieces.  I just started laying out the pieces matching points to points.  I worked on a pressing mat so I could apply heat from the iron without having to move anything.  I plan on leaving the outer side of the seeds un-stitched until all the other pieces are attached.  I will then add a backing and trim the edges of the black to match the curve of the seeds.  I will stitch the outer edge at that time.

I found that I liked the look of medium and dark values on the black wool background.  Not too dark, though, as I wanted to be able to distinguish the shapes of the seeds well.  I will save the lighter seeds I cut out for future use.  I did not cut many of those but I think on a white wool background, they would make a nice mat for spring display.

Be sure to pay Kathy a visit today and follow the links to what others are working on.  Her blog post today is an interesting read.

Karen

30 comments:

  1. Such a pretty wool project!
    I've always loved this pattern. Great that it works for using up your wool scraps. I look forward to seeing the finished piece once completed.

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  2. I love your wool pumpkin seeds! I have a bunch of small pieces of wool I bought a long time ago...they might be perfect for a project like this! I just need to get a piece of black for the background and get cutting! Thanks for the inspiration! :0)

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  3. That is a striking piece! Thank you for sharing how you made it.

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  4. OH, I love it!! So very pretty!! And the best part for me is NO needle turning the edges!

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  5. I never used wool, but you inspired me!
    The dark background makes a dramatic effect!

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  6. dear karen,that looks pretty good,i love to work with wool and i have a lot of scraps,have a nice week,susi

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  7. You are BRILLIANT!! Love this and a great way to use up scraps!!

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  8. I love this! I have a thing for that pumpkin seed shape! You are tempting me !

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  9. I love this project! I'm new to wool applique -- will you use same colors for stitching or black? Do you use a second layer of wool for the back -- doesn't that make it very thick?

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  10. OMG !!! Love your quilt ! What a perfect way to use your wool scraps !

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  11. I love how the colors pop on the black background--what a great idea for scraps!

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  12. Oh very neat wool piece! Love those brilliant colors on the black...hugs, Julierose

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  13. Beautiful colours - and your seeds look like they might be really tiny! Wool must be lovely to stitch :)

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  14. Very beautiful and beautiful colors. I was looking at something with the leaf shape in the corners from a brackman design, would be nice for a bed quilt.

    Debbie

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  15. Very nice! Wool projects just have such a warm look to them!

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  16. Lovely, I really like this idea for using the small bits from projects....thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Sewing

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  17. This is a beautiful quilt. A great idea to use wool.

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  18. What a great way to use u some random wool scraps!

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  19. Very pretty project. Hey, that is something I could do--my kind of applique!! : )

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  20. How vibrant these colors look ; what a gorgeous project! :)

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  21. That is just beautiful. I love it, and you could do one for each season, including a Christmas one.

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  22. That is so cute Karen! How big did you cut the black? It is hard to tell by the photo.

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  23. What a wonderful project... love it!
    So glad you could join us for some slow stitching!

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  24. Beautiful use for scraps! I love it.
    Will go to your link next.

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  25. Wow! Love how bright your pumpkin seeds are against that dark background.:)

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  26. Karen, this is a beautiful pattern -- I've never heard of it before! It's perfect for all your pretty, colorful wool scraps!! :)

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