Have you ever thought about working with other fabrics when using your AccuQuilt GO! dies? This month I am doing something totally unexpected for me........hand-stitching on wool!
The Christmas holidays will be here before you know it and this would be a perfect little table topper to have out all winter.
AccuQuilt GO! Wool Caroling Snowmen in the Woods Table Topper
I used 3 different AccuQuilt GO! dies to create the Caroling Snowmen:
The dies can be used with all of the AccuQuilt GO! cutters:
20" x 25" plaid fabric for background
Felted Wool 18" x 22" black
Felted Wool Fat Quarters - white, green
Felted Wool Scraps - orange, blue, red, pink, yellow, purple
Embroidery thread for hand-stitching
When I first decided to make a wool quilt project using my AccuQuilt die cutter and dies, I bought some rayon/wool blend pieces. The blended wool is much thinner than 100% wool and you can easily cut 3 layers at a time. I think it would also be easy to applique the die cut pieces on a sewing machine.
I have a friend who dyes and felts wool for a local quilt shop and she brought me all kinds of felted wool to work with. Felted wool is much thicker than 100% cotton or wool blends. I'll save the wool blends for another project.
At first I cut 2 layers of the felted wool but I was a little worried as my cutting machine was really working to cut through that much. I decided to go ahead and just cut 1 layer at a time. Each cut was perfect. I would definitely recommend just cutting one layer of the felted wool.
I cut some small pieces of the felted wool and placed them over the sections of the snowmen accessories that I wanted to use. The little die cut hats and pompoms were really cute.
I also cut 3 of the hats and trimmed off the sides making them into perfect little books for my caroling snowmen. For the scarves I decided to separate the pieces for a windblown look instead of having them just hang down.
I have done very little hand-stitching, so I stitched the books and then the mittens before placing them on the background wool. I think my stitching style might be called "primitive".
I have to admit that I had more fun doing the hand-stitching than I thought I would and much of it was done out on my deck while sitting with my dad this summer.
I used some little seed beads for the eyes instead of trying to make french knots.
My friend also include a yard of a plaid woven fabric that I used for the backing. I left it a little bigger and just pulled the threads off for about fourth of an inch. After I stitched the snowmen and trees, I hand-stitched around the black background fabric to attach it to the plaid fabric. This hid all of the stitching I did on the caroling snowmen.AccuQuilt GO! Wool Caroling Snowmen in the Woods Table Topper
I hope you have enjoyed the Caroling Snowmen Table Topper tutorial made with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter and GO! dies. If you are looking for more ideas you might enjoy some of my previous quilt tutorials.
Please stop by my blog where you can sign up for my newsletter, find free easy quilt patterns, and learn more about the quilting I do with my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.