If you need a fix of reproduction fabrics and wool applique then a browse through The Quilted Crow’s website is enough to make your fingers itch to get stitching. The Quilted Crow is an online store that specialises in wonderful applique. The owner, Leonie Bateman, has had two quilt/applique books published with Martingale Press and her own line of fabric designs with Riley Blake’s sister company, Penny Rose Fabrics was released this year at the Minneapolis Quilt Market.
I was about to look up their wonderful range of wool fabrics when I noticed that the Australian Quilters Companion magazine issue No 67 has a DVD devoted to Leanne’s wool applique. The DVD has the pattern ‘Pennington’ and all the tips and tricks you need to sew the wool applique pattern. Leanne’s blog has even more ideas and technique tips – you can’t help but become a wool applique expert in no time.
The Quilted Crow website also has a lovely range of wool fabrics. ‘The Seasons’ range features many of the warm colours that Leanne likes to use in her designs. The colours range from warm autumn tones through to the softer colours of antique purple, pink blossom and cornflower blue. In all over 25 colours…
I’ve pulled out a couple of extra tips when working on wool direct from the applique expert, Leanne Bateman.
1. Always use a sharp pair of pointed scissors to help get into those tight points.
2. When buying wool, it is always a good idea to ask if it’s already been felted.
3. For best results with applique, use wool that doesn’t have too much of a loose weave.
4. Use a sandpaper board as a work surface when applying glue to the back of a shape. The sandpaper will ‘grip’ the wool and act as a stabilizer and prevents the wool from stretching.