If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you know that I have recently taken up wool applique again. I had bought stuff and made about five projects back when we lived at the farmhouse…I’m guessing closer to 12 years ago.
Recently, after seeing some floss tubers work on wool projects, I decided that maybe I should try it again. I’ve had the best time doing it. So much so that I’d love to add a few more pieces to my collections of pieces I’ve made. I think part of it is that now that I’m not doing childcare and the grandkids aren’t here all the time, I can decorate and not worry so much about kids ruining my stuff. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to be doing it.
You might remember I went to the quilt shop and bought this kit for myself as a Christmas present.
Well in anticipation of starting it, I was doing a little more research about wool applique and realized they have ironing mats to make it all easier. I debated about getting one and then told myself, get one. Maybe the good equipment will make me like wool applique better than I previously did. I ordered THIS ONE from Amazon.
On Christmas Eve day I was here and doing some cooking. In between wait times, I decided I would get the mat out and give it a try. I was so excited that did a very poor job at taking pictures and chronicling what I was doing and how to use the mat. I’ll try to do a better blog post at another time that really shows the complete step-by-step. Let me just say…I am in love.
I am hoping to make a few things for dough bowls. I have nothing that is Easter/Spring appropriate so I thought I would do this little bunny pillow. I love the bunny with the tulip. To make it I prepared the wool pieces as I always do and then I placed the mat over the outline.
I can see through the mat and that makes placement so easy. Then I put the pressing sheet over the top and pressed it with my iron. Everything is silicone so it doesn’t burn. Then I can take the piece off and it’s all stuck together.
Then I can place the whole piece onto the pillow front. I just love it!! It made it so much easier to place. The mat was totally worth the $18!!
I ended up going a little crazy. I was having so much fun with that mat that I prepped this piece…
and this piece.
I did go online and found this video. This explains all about wool applique…how to prep pieces and how to use the mat.
All I can say is that I’m hooked. I went back and found some of my old wool stuff. I have a lot more patterns (and even a couple of kits) than I thought I did. YAHOO!!
All I can say is that I’m THRILLED and so excited for my new mat…and all of the potential it has for me. I’m really excited to be using some of the patterns and pieces that I already have.