Handful of Scraps, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Wagon’s West (dresden plates), Winter Wonderland

Don’t you just love it when packages arrive in the mail from quilting shops!  I had a big box – batting – two of them.  Now I have what is needed to quilt both the next quilt on the frame – The Final Frontier and Wagon’s West on the machine.  I made sure to get the same kind of batting so that the scraps from both of them can be put together and used for a couch size quilt or a baby quilt.  Yes this is 100% wool for a change, I know I will need to be careful when it comes to washing the quilts and will need to only have in the dryer for a very short time, I wanted to see how I liked it though and was on a very good sale.  I will add a note to the label about the batting so I won’t forget.


This is the backing for Wagon’s West – I do need to piece it so I guess I better get busy this week – I have this back to sew together and a very big back for the Final Frontier – some purple fossil fern that I showed last week.  I have not gotten around to it.  I do want to get both sewed though before I get started machine quilting as when that starts nothing else will get to the machine for a couple weeks at least.


Winter Wonderland was rolled down and started on the 3rd from the last row last night.


The 6th of the diamond shapes for Handful of Scraps is in the works and should get done today if I set my mind to it.  Linking to Esther’s blog.


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12 comments… add one
  • Barbara May 24, 2016

    I love wool batting. It’s light weight and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I also use the left over scraps for stuffing toy animals, the wool “smushes” easily to put in tight spaces and then expands to fill the space with no bumps (unlike cotton batting).

  • Sharon S May 24, 2016

    I have never used wool batting, so I will be anxious to hear how you like it.
    For some reason, piecing the backing is my LEAST favorite of the entire quilt making process. I currently have two quilt tops to be quilted – but they both need to have the backings pieced!!! Ugh!!!
    FYI, my eyes are improving from the retina surgery, but I still have the gas bubble!!! It is getting smaller and I will be glad when it is finally gone. Still need to sleep on my sides, can’t fly and still have to wear the medic alert bracelet. On the bright side, I actually threaded a needle yesterday (!) and was able to sew on the labels for my quilt and carrying case to turn in for our upcoming show with no problems!! YaY!!!

  • Kathi May 24, 2016

    Enjoy your wool batting.. and i don’t launder my wool batting quilts any differently at all.. I took Tim’s advice and they have really turned out nicely!!
    I love your backing for your Wagons West! You are right on that home stretch of Winter wonderland too! Love the hexies you are making currently… excited to see what is next for them 🙂
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  • Deb May 24, 2016

    It will be interesting to see how you like the wool! :0)
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  • Kristie May 24, 2016

    I have used wool batting a few time with machine quilting on the longarm and LOVED how it quilted. I’m anxious to hear how it hand quilts.
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  • Jen R. May 24, 2016

    So many projects, so little time. 🙂
    I envy how you are able to keep track of which quilt is in which stage. It gives me inspiration to break out some of my WIP’s and make a list of which one needs what.

  • Rebecca Grace May 24, 2016

    Putting care instructions on the label for the wool batting is a great idea. I totally forgot about using silk batting for the quilt on one of my son’s beds. I’ve been washing it like it was all cotton; thank goodness it has only gone through the wash a couple of times and no apparent harm has been done!
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  • Doreen May 24, 2016

    I love wool!!! I don’t do anything different as far as laundering/drying. I never completely dry my quilts anyhow. I wash it on “hand wash” setting (front loader). Beautiful!

  • Glenda Australia May 25, 2016

    Oh what a wonderful find for the backing of your Wagons West quilt Karen, its so so perfect. You have as much as I have on the go at present but you are finishing some of yours and Im not LOL. Love Winter Wonderland and you are so close to finishing that one too BOO HOO!!!! May be by 2017 I will have finished one of mine LOL Hugs Glenda
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  • Plum Cox May 25, 2016

    What lovely quilts! You are busy, aren’t you? Love that Riley Blake for your backing.
    I love wool to stitch through, but find it a bit too expensive for ‘everyday’ quilting, but usually use cotton as it gives such a nice feel to the quilt.

  • Marianne May 25, 2016

    I just tried Quilters Dream green, made of recycled plastic bottles, and it really had a nice “hand.” I was surprised. And although it was green, it didn’t show through even the white parts of the quilt. I have used wool but only in wallhangings I don’t intend to wash. But I hear it washes well.

  • Gidget May 26, 2016

    I hope you love the wool batting. Funny, I never considered handling it differently. That is all I use these days. I launder it and throw it in the dryer. In any case, I love all my quilts and the more krinkled and worn the better. Quilts are made to be used and loved. Your hexies are wonderful. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I look for your posts all the time.

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