Thursday, June 9, 2011

Felted Wool Techniques and Giveaway



Today I would like to share the easy techniques I used for making this Rose Sampler wall quilt using raw edge applique with felted wool and a hand blanket stitch. The patterns used are from my Rose Sampler Supreme book which is available from my website:www.quiltsbyrosemary.com

Thanks so much Madame Samm for inviting me and also to Deborah Brown of Burlington, Ontario for recommending me.

The background fabric I used was a black felted wool but if I did this again I think I would chose a brushed cotton or flannel as this would be easier to stitch and quilt through as it wouldn't be so thick and heavy. Cut the blocks slightly larger than the finished size that you want, for example I cut my blocks 14 1/2 inches square because I wanted them to finish 14 inches square.



Cut the stems 3/8 inches wide along the straight grain of the fabric as wool is flexible and will bend around the curves easily. The stems are cut a little wider than for regular applique to allow for the blanket stitches along the edges of both sides.

To prepare the applique shapes, first trace them onto a paper backed fusible web and cut them out roughly. Press them onto the wrong side of the felted wool using steam and the wool setting on your iron. Refer to the directions that come with the fusible web as to how long to press as this varies depending on the brand that you use. Place the shapes close together and use leftover scraps as well so you do not waste space as the felted wool is expensive.

Cut the shapes out carefully with small scissors and then remove the paper.




Place the applique shapes onto the background fabric. I lightly creased the background block into quarters and marked these divisions with a pin at each edge. Then I used my sewing gauge to measure that the pieces were placed correctly referring to my pattern as a guide. Make sure to underlap the ends of the stems and buds by at least 1/4 inch so that the ends will stay tucked under when you do the stitching.
I made a transparent overlay, such as the one shown above, to help me with the placement of the border appliques. You could also use this method for the blocks, if desired.



To do the blanket stitch use 2 stands of embroidery floss and an embroidery needle. Start with a knot on the back (this will not show as a backing will cover it later).
Work from left to right as shown, taking care to space the stitches the same distance apart and the same distance in from the edge of the all applique shapes as well as the stems. When you end off and need to start with a new thread, start stitching at the outside edge of the applique shape just inside the the corner of the last stitch so that your stitching will look continuous and the join will not be noticeable. Use a colour of thread that coordinates but does not exactly match your applique pieces--you want your stitches to show!

When stitching a point, place three stitches at the edge--one right at the tip and one an equal distance away on each side of the center stitch. These stitches all go into the same hole on the inside as shown. When stitching at an indentation on an applique shape, make sure one stitch goes straight in at the indentation.

End off your stitches by taking 3 small stitches on the back or by running your embroidery thread through some of the previous stitches on the wrong side of your work.

Press the blocks when the stitching is finished using a slightly damp light weight press cloth (I lightly spritzed the press cloth with water). and square them up to a standard size--in my case I cut the blocks finished 14 inches square.



To join the blocks together, place the raw edges butting and stitch with a zig zag stitch that is wide enough to straddle both edges. Use an even feed foot and if necessary lower the pressure on the machine to prevent stretching the edges of the blocks.

Cover the machine zig zag stitching with a hand embroidered feather stitch using three stands of embroidery floss, as shown above.

The border is joined and stitched in a similar manner.

You can also use a machine blanket stitch and a machine feather stitch if you prefer. Just be sure to use your even feed foot and lower the pressure to prevent puckers and stretching of the fabrics.

As this background is very dense and difficult to see through, I used Press'n Seal for marking my feather quilting pattern on the borders. I will be posting this method on my blog in the next few days. I hope you will visit my blog at www.quiltsbyrosemary/blogspot.com to see this method. I also use this method sometimes when I decide to add fancy quilting after my quilt has already been sandwiched. It is a good method to use whenever it is difficult to see through a heavy fabric--ones that you cannot see through even with a light table or at a window.

I am a small company (just me) and sometimes I conscript my husband to help fold and package my patterns so I do not post on my blog every day. However, if you have any topics you would be interested in seeing on my blog, please let me know and I will do my best to cover that topic in the future.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.

Rosemary  and here is my blog...
and my website to see some of my creations and class outlines  

Editors note:

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your expertise with us...how lucky for us to have you in our backyard -sew to speak...
As a thank you..how about a GIVEAWAY....from Crazyquiltgirl our sponsor for today.
Her shop is known for a lot of MODA precuts and yardages and her service is one you can count on..
Today she is giving away this jelly roll Hullabaloo and I have added a couple Precensia Threads compliments of now Colonial Needle another new sponsor..I have some needles to go along with this giveaway too..

A rather nice package of goodies and as always some extra goodies can always be found in my packages...


Sew please visit Rosemary and Crazyquiltgirl ( I believe she may have a project she has done to share with you using this line of fabric)  and thank our Sponsors for keeping us in goods that we can use.

And lucky everyone..Crazyquiltgirl is also giving away another jelly roll on Monday. Stash Manicure is having  this  giveaway tomorrow...Sew you will all have 2 opportunities to win... You think you are confused? lol...

Be a follower sew you can qualify in our giveaways, I have a software that matches your email with your avatar button and all subscribers are welcomed as well.


Congrats PATTY C,
( who has already been contacted) she is very -as she puts it blessed..
and yes she is...Her package will be on its way...
To all those who participated as always, your comments
for our guests and sponsors were very much appreciated..
There will be more giveaways, you can count on it.

136 comments:

  1. Very nice post and thank you! Not sure if I'm game to give a try ... YET ... but I sure like your post!

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  2. Count me in. Someday, I will try a little wool applique but right now, I'm into redwork.

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  3. I will be trying this form of applique this winter after I complete 2 UFO's. It is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

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  4. This fall I want to try a penny rug. I've done a little wool applique on cotton - very soothing to stitch wool. Visited your blog and shop as well as CrazyQuiltGirl(been there before). Thank you for your guest post today. Thank you MSamm for the giveaway and our wonderful sponsors.

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  5. Wow...look at those goodies. I've never tried wool applique before. Someday....

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  6. I have not come across felted wool in applique that give such intensity in a finished product! I have not tried this before but definitely would like to try in future! Crazyquiltgirl has wonderful collection in her store...and Rosemary's website is just full of inspirations! Thanks all

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  7. what a great quilt! something i'll have to try. thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oh boy! Love this giveaway :) I brought a wool applique project with me on my summer trip. It would be great to have another to start. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  9. A very thorough and easy to follow tutorial. Thanks so much! (I am your devoted follower!)

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  10. Oh Rosemary your wall quilt is absolute beautiful. Your workmanship is excellent. Inspirational.

    I do have a bit of hand dyed woold that I've been wanting to make into such a project. I've been searching for background fabrics. Have not been able to find a good quality wool (black) background, and not confident about using a cotton background. If you have insights on where to purchase a wool for the background I'd appreciate your insights.

    Thanks for sharing your insights. Truly a deightful post that has inspired me. I hope to see you back on Stash Manicure.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com
    www.sewc

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  11. Lovely project! Wow! Thanks for the giveaway chance for the Hullabaloo...

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  12. What a great tutorial, especially about joining the blocks, of to visit her blog now for more info.
    Thank you so much

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  13. I really like your work, I have seen you many times at the guild, you are so inspiring. What a surprise to see you here. Thanks to Deborah for telling Sam about you. Please come back.

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  14. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I just tried my first ever applique, You make it look so easy!

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  16. superbe !!!!!!!!!!
    félicitation pour ce beau travail
    amitiés de Régina

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  17. It's funny this post is about felting. I have been searching the thrift stores for wool sweaters to felt for projets!

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  18. Thank You for a wonderful tutorial. That wall quilt is just beautiful, I have some black fabric that would be suitble to use for the background, too! :)

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  19. Very nice post, thank you for explaining woolfelt!

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  20. I really love the look of that wall quilt - quite stunning - and thanks for the tutorial to go with it.

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  21. Thank you for sharing this projekt! I am thinking of a table runner in this technic.
    And thank you to the sponsors!

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  22. Great tutorial. Like many of the other commenters I haven't tried using wool, but want to someday.

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  23. I think this looks like a great hand project...i love penny rugs too...how beautiful!

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  24. I'm just saying: You've always got interesting posts! Also love how you colour code the blog to match in with those lovely headings, and then this giveaway - scrumptious.

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  25. That wall quilt is stunning. I have avoided trying wool projects because I can barely afford my quilting addiction LOL

    Thanks to all the sponsors for a great giveaway and as always thanks for a great blog!

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  26. Beautiful work Rosemary !!!

    Great Giveaway - Count me in ;)

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  27. WOW...that piece is amazing...and I appreciate your help with some techniques. I just picked up some embroidery stuff to work with this summer with my children...so there's a lot I need to learn and applique is one of them. Thank you Rosemary!

    What a lovely little giveaway. Thank you. =)

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  28. There were some wonderful tips from Elizabeth and I love her Rose Sampler. I love to work with wool applique...just like quilting there is something so enticing about seeing it all come together so beautifully! Thanks for the opportunity to win another wonderful giveaway. Blessing on the day to all!!

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  29. Wonderful post. I've always enjoyed looking at wool felt projects. I love sitting down and doing a little hand embroidery work. Very relaxing.

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  30. What a wonderful tutorial. I have just started working with wool and I find it quite easy to work with. Your sampler is beautiful and now I know how to do the hand blanket stitch on my current project. Nice to see you on SM Rosemary.

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  31. Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! I have made a couple of wool applique Halloween projects, but these roses are absolutely beautiful. I look forward to reading the details of the Press N Seal technique. I follow ( everyday) on Reader.

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  32. I've been a follower for quite awhile now and enjoy all the guests that appear here. So very interesting with all the different personalities and styles of sewing. Thanks for this giveaway; I'd enjoy hullabaloo and some goodies.

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  33. What a beautiful quilt and thanks to Rosemary for her tutorial. I'm sure that,some day I will make one too

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  34. I recently started doing wool applique and am loving it. I will definitely check out your blog to see your designs for sale. Thanks for sharing.
    I am a follower.

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  35. What a lovely sampler! Thanks Rosemary, it's just beautiful.

    Thanks for a nice giveaway Samm.

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  36. I have wanted to try this forever. And your quilt is so inspiring I think it will be soon. Thanks so much for the great post!

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  37. Never tried the felt wool. Interesting!

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  38. wonderful tutorial and wonderful tips for blanket stitching by hand! your design is beautiful and i love the colors you chose too. thank you!
    cindy in mississippi

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  39. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I have never worked with felted wool. Might have to give it a try.

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  40. Love the tutorial and wallhanging. Thanks!

    Still having trouble with blogger - been a follower for some time but it's not letting me post under that account.

    Janet (jfquilts@gmail.com)

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  41. I have never worked with wool before, but you have me interested now. Your project is beautiful. I need a small rug for in my kitchen and I was wondering how this would work to make one. I can't seem to find anything in the store that fits just right and that I like. I live an hour away from the closest fabric shop, but on my next trip down, I am grabbing the supplies to try this. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  42. What a beautiful quilt Rosemary! I can't wait to see the Press 'n Seal technique. I love working with wool and look forward to checking out your website.
    Thanks again Madame Samm for another great guest blogger!

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  43. I've not worked with the felted wool. Something else I'd like to put on my list to try someday! That's a lovely wallhanging. Thank you for sharing!

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  44. What a great post. I love to work with wool. I use mostly old clothing that I find at thrift stores and garage sales. Checking out your website next.

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  45. What a beautiful wallhanging, great idea with felted wool - I have never worked with it though, other than knitting and felting. Thanks for letting us have a look :o) And thanks to you and your sponsors for giving us all these exciting giveaways!

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  46. Thank you Rosemary This tutorial was very inspiring. I bought a felted wool kit last year and still haven't tried it. Now I think I'll pull it out and give it a go. Thank you Madame Samm for all the wonderful guests you bring us. And thanks for the chance to win.

    Ursula

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  47. Peggie Sue JacksonJune 9, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    So pretty! Thanks for the tute! I've added this to my list of "gotta do". Thanks for the chance to win a nice prize too!

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  48. Wow! I just visited Rosemary's blog and site - lots of inspiring pictures....the one of the memorial quilt for Diana - scrumptious! Been a follower at Crazygirl for a while, and extended thanks to her this am for the giveaway. Would love to try her project with this jelly roll! Thank you Madame, for a wonderful guest post to enjoy!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love Rose Samplers LOVE IT!!

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  50. Mmmm. Hullabaloo and yummy threads. Wouldn't that be grand!

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  51. What a beautiful sampler. Thanks for the instructions. I love simple instructions with helpful pictures.

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  52. Well, I have the wool, now to get my gumption up - been reading as much as I can about wool. So excited to see this post. Thank you for the opportunity for the wonderful give away. Dee-jessibir@hickorytech.net - still having troubles posting with google

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  53. that look beautiful!! the giveaway looks wonderful too and I will go visit her blog - you know I am a follower of yours.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  54. Beautiful sampler, someday I will try it :0)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. Love it -- where do people buy the wool fabric -- then only felt I have seen is paper thin

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  56. I have never seen anything done with felted wool before but this is lovely. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial :)

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  57. Wonderful tutorial. I'm off to look for Elizabeth's pattern.

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  58. Hmm, this definitely makes me wonder why I've not tried felt. Lovely!

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  59. Love Penny rugs and enjoyed the post this morning. Beautiful work and great directions.
    Your software that matches avatars to e-mails sounds interesting. I found however, that when I signed up to be a follower I had to change my picture. Different computer so I didn't have the same picture. So my usual avatar is a picture of me with my granddaughter but my follower avatar is a field of Kansas sunflowers. (I confirmed this by going through the pictures of your followers) I'm computer illiterate but I'm assuming you mean no matter how many times I try to play along your program will give me the boot. So guess I'll just have to continue to enjoy the posts and hope for the best.

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  60. Wool applique is another thing on my to do list. This is beautiful! Sew much to try, sew little time...someday!
    Waiting for a package from CrazyQuiltGirl now! Maybe it will be in the mail today!

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  61. I love wool applique and want to do lots of it. Love your pattern. Lizzie

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  62. My LQS started a Wool Club which I joined. I am still on my first project but it has been fun. Thanks for your helpful tips. I am a follower.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  63. Great tutorial - thanks!
    This would be a good project for the autumn I think

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  64. I love the tutorial and the applique looks beautiful against the black felt. I love the fabric giveaway too!!

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  65. You project looks great...my stitches never look even. Love the giveaway also

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  66. I love the tutorial and the applique looks beautiful against the black felt. I love the fabric giveaway too!!

    Sorry the comment thing is giving me trouble...
    treasuresofjoy@gmail.com

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  67. Like several others, I would like to try this. My stitches are never good enough for me. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  68. I love wool applique and your pattern is just beautiful ,thanks so much for your post and thanks to Madame for todays guest and the great giveaways .I am a follower .

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  69. What a fun project! Great tutorial very easy to understand. I might just give it a try! Thanks for having the giveaway for us.

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  70. Perfect and spot on tutorial! Applique is something that I generally struggle with however working with wool is so much easier. Her piece is gorgeous!!

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  71. What a beautiful project! I've been wanting to try wool applique. The speaker at our guild's July meeting will be talking about it as well, so hopefully between the tutorial and the speaker I'll get started.
    Thanks!

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  72. Your work is lovely and your post was great. I love working with wool, it's very forgiving! xo, Nan

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  73. That wall hanging is so beautiful! Love it!

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  74. what a great tutorial, i love it! Thanks for sharing the giveaway with us! (maybe some day i'll be brave and work with wool)

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  75. Thanks for the tutorial. I've been wanting to work with wool, but haven't yet. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. Wool applique is definitely on my to do list. Thanks for the great tutorial. Now I'm really inspired.

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  77. Elizabeth I'm totally in love with this piece - truly. I love wool and make a lot of wool projects but this combination of black and pink is just stunning. I'll definitely be visiting your blog. blessings, marlene

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  78. Great post! I have always wanted to do it and you have given me the info and courage to try! gougeonathome@charter.net

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  79. I would love to give it a whirl:)

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  80. Great tutorial and wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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  81. A project to add to my bucket list. As always you have the greatest projects on your blog. Love reading your posts!

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  82. Great giveaway and post. I will definitely use this on my next wool project.

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  83. Wonderful tutorial, have always wanted to try wool applique and after reading this post will give it a go.

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  84. I am now a follower of your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway. I have been wanting to try working with wool for some time. I almost bought a pincushion kit but found out it didn't come with instructions. Go figger...

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  85. HAPPY SUMMER!
    SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  86. What a great project/technique. Thanks for sharing it! and a give away too boot.

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  87. Still trying but I cannot access google account. I love this guest. She likes what I like. Thank you for finding these great ladies. You have a bit of everything for everybody. Would love to be included in your prize too. Thank you so much
    Sharon shaste at gmail.com

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  88. I think I will always be surprised by what people can do with fabric and a needle.

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  89. Fabulous post! I've been wanting to do a little wool work, and this is the jumpstart I needed! Thanks so much!

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  90. wow that looks sew easy and it is beautiful and I really would love to try it but I'm allergic to wool. We recently had a program at our guild and just passing around the samples made me itch and wheeze. but I truly love looking at it. You do beautiful work. Thanks!

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  91. Such a great post and thank you to the sponsers! I will visit for sure! thank you!

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  92. I love working with wool--it is so forgiving! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!
    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  93. Thank you sponsors for such a great giveaway. I have never worked with wool and this prize would give a good start.

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  94. I have never tried working with wool but everyone who does seems to absolutely love it. I've never liked wool fabric and I think it's because my mother used to make me wear all itchy wool outfits and I HATED them!!! perhaps I need to give it a try! Oh I do hope I win,,, I never win any blog give-aways. BooHoo Hullabaloo brings back memories of the TV show from the 60's and the White GoGo boots? Anyone else remember?

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  95. Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Julie in WA
    prjule at gmail dot com

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  96. What beautiful work! Wow, that takes some time and patience. I have the time...
    I am a long time follower here but blogger is not letting me comment with my profile. ugh.
    cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net

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  97. I love these felted projects, one day I'm actually going to give it a try!
    I am a follower!

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  98. Pretty, pretty, pretty! And Crazyquiltgirl is a great site. I am always thankful for sponsors and someday I know I will win!

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  99. Lovely! I like the added touch of feather stitches to cover the joinings. I think this would also be lovely done on a cream background.

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  100. Working with wool is on my list, thanks for the great tutorial and tips!

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  101. I have not yet worked with wool, but this project makes me want to add it higher on my list. I have a stack of suiting wool does that work as well as the wool felt?

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  102. I haven't done anything with wool, another thing on my "to do list" I already follow crazyquiltgirl.

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  103. Beautiful project, I love projects with felted wool. Thanks to the wonderful sponsors for this giveaway and to you Samm

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  104. Ooooh, I'm trying so hard not to get involved in felted wool -- I don't have time enough as it is! But it's beautiful :-) I would love to get me some Hullabaloo.

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  105. Great tut! Thanks for the chance!

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  106. I just got back into quilting, so this looks a little daunting for right now, but it sure is beautiful! Thanks for the great giveaway! I love that fabric.

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  107. A felted wool project has been on my list of things to try for a while. Lol, I guess it's a 'bucket' list as there's so many items on it!

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  108. I'll be tucking this concept away for the future to revisit when work with felted wool...
    Meanwhile, thanks for the lovely giveaway. I've never used a jelly roll so this would be fun to win and use! I follow stashmanicure already. Look for my butterfly avatar! Thanks to our sponsors and to you, Madame Samm.

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  109. Love the variety on your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  110. I don't know if I'm ready to try this kind of applique, but I loved reading about it! Thanks for the chance to win, too :) (of course I follow!)

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  111. Nice project. I so want to try wool applique but don't have any near by sources for it or someone to give me advice....I know I would love it!

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  112. I love the look of wool in quilting, and sometimes it is nice to be able to sew without worrying about raw edges.

    Debbie

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  113. I started a wool applique project that needs to get finished - I'm inspired to get it out and work on it! mangelnsm(at)aol(dot)com

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  114. I have so been wanting to try wool quilting! This post is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

    And thank you to your sponsors for such wonderful give away items! I've not worked with a jelly roll yet.... :)
    Sandy A

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  115. I love wool :) and could sure use some practice to improve my blanket stitch. Thanks also for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  116. They are all so pretty, but I'm allergic to wool, so that puts the brakes on this type of project.

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  117. very nice! Also, thanks for the giveaway!

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  118. I have always wanted to try the wool applique...thanks for the tut and the giveaway...

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  119. I love the look of wool applique... it is on my list of things that I want to do! Thanks for sharing the tutorial - you make it look so easy and your results are beautiful!

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  120. I haven't even conquered quilting yet. I'm so scared to tackle something else. I can't afford another hobby. This one is expensive enough. Ha-ha.

    Couldn't understand if your giveaway was today or not, but if so, thanks for the opportunity to participate.

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  121. What a great tutorial. I like the idea of working wool. I love the colors. Thank you for the give away!

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  122. Beautiful rose sampler. I love the colors.

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  123. Love working with wool, and the tutorial is great! Thanks for the chance at such a lovely giveaway! :)

    pumpkinhollowprimitives (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  124. I just love the wool applique rendition of your Rose Sampler. The pink on black is so striking. And to think no edges to turn under. Great instructions. I'm looking forward to more info on using Press 'n Seal for marking on dark fabrics on your blog.

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  125. Thank you for the give-away. I visited CrazyQuiltGirl and enjoyed her tutorial.

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  126. Great post! Thanks so much!Would love to try this!

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  127. I am just starting to get back into hand embroidery and it is lovely to see Rosemary's beautiful stitching. Thanks for the chance to win some lovely goodies.

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  128. Thanks for sharing Rosemary!
    And thank you Madame Samm & Crazy-girl-Quilt Shop for the awesome giveaway :D

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  129. What a great post! Thank you - it is on my 'list' to try (soon).

    Marie

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  130. I love wool applique! great post!

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  131. I love working with wool! My grandmother was a rug hooker and left me quite a quantity. How blessed an I!! I still have not mastered the feather stitch. Beautiful little rose sampler!!

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  132. The tutorial was very interesting. One day I'm going to have to try working with wool. Add that to my ever growing to do list! Thanks to you and your sponsors for the lovely giveaway. Crazyquiltgirl always has some good stuff and I'm going to check out Colonial Needle.

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  133. I am working on my first wool project and I am really enjoying it. I am a follower and enjoyed the tutorial. Thank you to all the sponsors.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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