Strawberry Pincushion | Wool Applique

I’ve been very eager to try wool applique and back in 2018, while at the International Quilt Show, I bought my very first kit. Wool can be a bit pricey and this small kit was very reasonably priced. I figured it would be the perfect way for me to give it a try before investing in more. Unfortunately it sat in a bin for far too long. This year while at the Dallas Quilt Show, I saw many wool applique quilts and multiple vendors with patterns and kits, which inspired me to take the plunge!

Here’s the Strawberry Pincushion by Primitive Gatherings and all the little wool pieces that I found inside. I had an old scrap of Soft Fuse and started tracing the shapes. Aren’t the wool pieces beautiful?!

I don’t know why I was so intimidated by the process before. As soon as I got started it was a pretty fast moving project. Of course I watched a few youtube videos to help me get started. I’m big on research first and not one to jump in blindly. Here’s the pieces fused on and a snapshot of all the pretty threads I bought from my local shop for the applique and embellishments. A good mixture of Valdani, which I’m familiar with, and Sue Spargo, which is new to me.

I used the blanket stitch around the strawberries and around the strawberry leaves, a whip stitch around the flowers, and a stem stitch for the stems to the flowers. I think the little yellow seed stitches brought the strawberries to life!

It’s backed with a very cute black and red homespun fabric and filled with ground walnut shells.

I love how it turned out and it fits perfectly in my applique bin. Eager to start another one!