I have been wanting to make a quilt out of Pendleton wool for years. (I have a thing for Pendleton wool.) I started picking up old pieces of Pendleton clothing at the thrifts over the years, with the intention of taking them apart and re purposing the fabric. For the longest time I had no clue how I was going to go about making the quilt. I lack the sewing patience for intricate patchwork. Fortunately, one of my favorite knitting blogs Mason Dixon Knitting featured Mary Flanagan's Textured Felted Wool Bundles from Purl Soho. (The to-die-for NYC crafting mecca, click over and drool.) Purl's crafting blog The Purl Bee then featured a project for turning these felted wool squares into a quillow. (A quilt/pillow hybrid.)
Thirty six 10" x 10" squares later I finally started piecing the quilt together.
I had the idea I could sew some of the labels from the clothes I cut up onto the quilt for embellishment.
Of course I had to go and make it more complicated than that.
I debated making a bias binding but decided to blanket stitch around the edge with yarn instead. I used a off-white worsted wieght 100% wool I purchased from the Pendleton Mill Store a few years ago.
The finished quilt! (Kitty approved, of course.) I love the way it turned out. It is cozy, without being too heavy and has a great vintage lodge vibe. Perfect for snuggling with the kitties while watching TV.
The quilt is also perfect for covering the top of the ottoman which said kitties have destroyed. They like lounging on wool so much they rarely destroy it. Maybe I should invest in wool covers for the furniture?