Now, what to do with all this beautiful fabric? I just don't do much garment sewing anymore. Could I use some of it in a quilt? I spent the summer pondering this.
Several questions needed to be addressed before I even got started. Was this washable wool? I thought at least some of it was, but I decided to wash all of it in hot water and to dry it in the dryer. If it was going to shrink, or even felt, I wanted it to do it now before I sewed with it. And I was right. Most of it came through the washing beautifully. There were 4 pieces that did shrink significantly, but I'm okay about that. Now I know what I'm dealing with.
Who was the quilt for? My mother-in-law - of course. She's now in a nursing home, but her mind is good, and I'm hoping this quilt will bring back some very happy memories. I decided I wanted flannel on the backside. Soft and warm.... it seemed appropriate to pair with the wool. Of course, I pre-washed and dried the flannel also, since it will get some heavy-duty washings in the nursing home.
|The finished Pentleton Wool Quilt|