Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and, if you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. The weather here was so perfect, and we were able to spend a lot of time outdoors. I’m looking forward to more of that!

When I attended the AQS show in Lancaster, PA a couple weeks ago I was happy to see several wholecloth quilts on display. The pieces I saw were truly works of art. There were so many different quilting designs incorporated in each one, I could have spent an enormous amount of time studying them.

Having just finished my first wholecloth baby quilt, I really wanted to do another but with a more planned design. I decided it would also be the perfect time to work with a sample piece of wool batting. I have wanted to use a wool batt for a while now and I was able to pick up some sample pieces at the show.

I sketched out a rough idea on a piece of graph paper.

Sketch of FMQ Whole Cloth designThe sample piece of batting was roughly 18″ x 18″, so I played with that size. I wanted to keep the design balanced, so I chose to do the same elements on each side of the quilt. I planned on some kind of a circular motif in the center, and then would ‘play it by ear’ on the filler.

I marked this top – a lot! I used a water soluble blue pen because I knew I could give the quilt a bath when it was finished.

Marking a whole cloth quilt designAfter I marked the sides, I couldn’t decide on the center. I knew I had the stencil shown above, so I pulled it out and chose to use it. This had to be marked with chalk, but again I was okay with that since I would be soaking the quilt.

Then I started stitching. I didn’t hit all my marks but since they were mostly there as guidelines and would be washed out no one would know – right? 🙂

I have to say, I really like that wool batting a lot. It is Hobb’s washable wool and it gave the quilted piece the perfect amount of poof. Here is a shot of the back after quilting – the texture and puffiness of the batting really shows:

Hobb's Wool Batting TextureIsn’t that texture just yummy?!?

I was a bit afraid that the quilt would lose some of its poof after getting wet, but it didn’t. It is so soft and drapes really well, even with all that quilting. I will definitely be getting some of this batting to use in my larger quilts.

For some reason (!) I don’t have a picture of the finished piece. I will take one outside and post it tomorrow for you. The pics above were taken at night and I would rather have a pretty picture of the finished mini.

I had fun playing with this piece and want to do another with a scaled down design. I also am tired of pebbles. It’s definitely time for me to work with a different background fill!

I won’t get much stitching time this week – Mom is having surgery tomorrow and I’ll be busy with her. Maybe I’ll get to grab a few minutes here and there.  So this week I am living vicariously through all of you and your crushes for the week. 🙂  What has you excited to be in your sewing space? I would love to see. You can link up any blog post or Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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