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2024 PTJ project: Quilt stuffed with local fiber

 
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Hi everyone,
this will be my fourth summer at WL and my third as an instructor.  I'm particularly skilled in Natural Medicines and Textiles (to use the PEP language).  Wondering about making a patchwork quilt and learning from other instructors as well.
 
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Opalyn, what do think of a quilt stuffed with some local fiber?
 
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Chris McClellan wrote:Opalyn, what do think of a quilt stuffed with some local fiber?


I love it!  The challenge is to prevent the stuffing from bunching unevenly.  
Options:
- use old sheets as layers
-  use old sheets and stitch boxes to keep the fiber distributed
-  the fiber can be drum-carded into batts then laid out and stitched to a sheet or the backing layer
 
 
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Opalyn Rose wrote:

Chris McClellan wrote:Opalyn, what do think of a quilt stuffed with some local fiber?


I love it!  The challenge is to prevent the stuffing from bunching unevenly.  
Options:
- use old sheets as layers
-  use old sheets and stitch boxes to keep the fiber distributed
-  the fiber can be drum-carded into batts then laid out and stitched to a sheet or the backing layer
 



Hello Opalyn!  

I will bring wool and my picker

Do you have a drum carder you can bring?  
 
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There is a thread somewhere on permies about raw wool quilts.  Different methods and ideas
 
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I was wondering what weeds might make good filler.
 
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someone mention a picker?
It really helps if you can run the wool through that before stuffing the tick.  Otherwise it starts off lumpy and gets worse with use.  
You can also pick by hand.

 
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r ranson wrote:someone mention a picker?
It really helps if you can run the wool through that before stuffing the tick.  Otherwise it starts off lumpy and gets worse with use.  
You can also pick by hand.



I have a picker !




I am still learning the best ways to put material through it.  I breaks up the fibers and the dirt falls out.    vegetation still has to be picked out by hand.

I like the idea of making bats on a barrel carder and laying them out in a cross hatch pattern.  
Stitching them together with a bulky yarn and felting the whole piece a bit.  
Then putting the felt it in the cotton or linen mattress cover and stitch the whole thing with quilting.
 
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A picker is awesome!

If you have more people helping, you can also use willowing.  

 
 
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Samantha Lewis wrote:I will bring wool and my picker
Do you have a drum carder you can bring?  


I do not.  

another potential challenge is that the fiber has to be clean
 
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I have a drum carder I can bring!
 
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Cheryl Gallagher wrote:I have a drum carder I can bring!


Great!
 
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