Friday, April 10, 2015

A Quick Wool Tutorial…

This is for Renee…she is part of the ‘Where The Cows Come Home” Sew A-Long and is new to wool work.  Be warned, Renee..once you jump on that wool horse, there is no getting off of her!  It’s just too darn much fun!  YEEHAW!

So strap on those spurs and saddle up…

First you need to prep the background fabric…and sew together!  Geeze Louise, I’m just starting and I already forgot to take a picture of the sewn together background!  PRETEND that it is all sewn together and the seams are pressed down…


Then trace the pattern onto  double sided fusible… like Heat n Bond Lite or Steam a Seam Lite. 

I LOVE a pattern where the pieces are already reversed…SO much easier!  Kathy and Taylor (being experienced quilters) know this!!  Thanks YOU for designing such a well written pattern!

Roughly cut out your shapes (don’t spend a lot of time with this as you will be cutting them out precisely once it’s on the wool).


Then iron your pieces of fusible to the wool…and cut on your drawing lines.  See you cut out both in one shot!


I lay a piece of clear Mylar on top of the design diagram pictured in the book.  And because the book has a spiral spine you can do this!  I swear Kathy and Taylor thought of EVERYTHING!!  Lay all your pieces…like a puzzle, starting from the bottom up onto the Mylar.  It doesn’t have to be exact (who’s going to know?)  I put wee dabs of glue here and there to hold everything together (in the middle of the pieces, not on the edges of the wool as it will make stitching difficult).  [Now Kathy and Taylor use parchment paper as an under sheet and iron everything together…which is BRILLIANT…I just didn’t have any!  It was dark…and I was in my jammies…and I wanted to get ‘er done!


When you are happy with your placement then carry the Mylar/Parchment paper over to your prepped background…LOOKING GOOD…except for the slightly slanting window on the yellow shed…the camera DOES NOT lie…I hope I caught THAT!!


When the glue is dry, take it off the Mylar/Parchment paper and iron or glue into place. 

You know me, if I am on a roll and I am having fun, then let’s go with it!

Before long…


Block #2 is prepped…


Here’s a good picture of taking it off the Mylar all in ONE piece!


Now that was hard to do AND TAKE THE PICTURE!


And place onto the background!  Both blocks are now ready for stitching!  That’s March and April ready for my evening TV watching…nothing like being ahead of the game!P1260400

Don’t my yellows and golds look wonderful!  Like a field full of grain…Thank you again, Kathy and Taylor for providing these background fabrics!  (FYI…they sell bundles of this fabric in their online shop, The Cottage at Cardiff Farms!  You can find it HERE!)

And here is a picture of my BFF…Roxanne!  I love her…she is always there for me and sticks to me through thick or thin!


Hope you liked the tutorial!  It’s not too late to join in on all the fun…come on and jump on that Barn Band Wagon…now that you see how EASY it REALLY is!!

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Stitching!~P


  1. I've always wondered how some of those lovely wool tops were made. Thank you for this tutorial!

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  2. Looks like you've got a great jump on your wool blocks. Look forward to seeing your progress and others particpating in your sew along.

  3. This is a great tutorial! So many things I didn't know! I am even more anxious to get started. The end of the school year can't come soon enough!

  4. So cute. Great tutorial. I had no idea how to do that. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Wonderful tutorial and a beautiful block, I really like this quilt.


  6. Great tutorial. I didn't know about the Mylar. Great idea. I'm going to try that. Thanks Paulette

  7. Your fabric choices are fabulous. Yes, you did make a fantastic field of grains and Roxanne's Glue Baste is terrific. Great tutorial today. Happy Stitching

  8. What a great tutorial! I love your new adventure. Bet the cows are ready to come home! ;-) Have a nice weekend.

  9. Thank you for a great tutorial! I have a wool project, a kit I got and have been hesitant to start it. Your instructions will help a lot.