So last week I was in Spokane, Washington attending a retreat sponsored by the nice folks at the Buggy Barn. When Nicole and I decided to attend the retreat we knew we would attend the two Paula Barnes classes, we also knew we wanted a day to hit the local quilt shops and another day to attend the quilt show. That left one open day, we decided to fill the day taking a wool appliqué class. The only thing Nicole and I knew about working with wool was that we liked some of the finished projects we saw online, and if the class was a bust, oh well, it's always fun to try new things.
This was the project we selected.
This pattern is called 7 Snowmen and is by Bonnie Sullivan of All Through the Night Designs.
Here are a few other patterns designed by Bonnie.
This is Boo Kitty on Parade.
Who doesn't love a Halloween cat wearing a polka-dot sweater!
Here are some more amazing patterns by Bonnie.
Bonnie must have brought at least 50 pieces from her collection, all equally amazing.
Stacy of Buttermilk Basin was also teaching some wool classes. Here are a couple of her patterns.
This pattern is September of a year long BOM, one for each month. I just love the quilt block paired with a little wool pattern.
She also designed these large Christmas Ornaments.
Nicole and I were like sponges, peppering Bonnie with questions all day long. She was great about answering all our questions and giving us a great start on our projects.
Here's what I accomplished in class! I've got aways to go but I'm very happy with what I've finished so far.
One of the things I learned is that wool appliqué is a very expensive hobby, I won't complain about the cost of cotton fabric ever again.
Bonnie had us use a little bit of glue to hold each cut piece in place while we stitched our pieces down, Stacy had her class use fusible web to attach their pieces. I'm very curious about using the fusible method, it seems it would make the pieces easier to stitch and the project more portable. Do you have a preference?
I also learned that I have a whole lot more to learn about wool appliqué!