This seemed an appropriate first finish for 2016! I started this back in the fall and managed to get it all quilted and ready to go over the weekend. Some friends and I brought all of our wool together with the idea of sharing what we have and each coming away with a wool quilt. I ended up buying the blue Pendleton to finish things off as it was just the thing this quilt needed. And then what it really needed was grey wool tassels at every corner! Oh my gosh I love the tassels. Actually I love this whole quilt! I backed it with the yummiest Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel, which is my favorite flannel. I used wool batting just to carry the theme all the way through. There is such a nice heft to this quilt, I have been dragging it all over the house with me to snuggle under. Honestly January and February are my least favorite months because I am very cold adverse and the short dark days really start to get under my skin. I feel like I have to hold my breath for these two months and then once the start of March comes I can slowly start to exhale. This year I am trying to embrace these quiet dark months in a different way and this warm quilt seems a nice companion to that effort.
Some of the wool squares were lighter weight so I backed those with shape flex just to give them a bit more body. I stitched the squares together with half inch seam allowances to accommodate for the thicker wools. I pressed all my seams to one side and topstitched to help things lay flat. I quilted in the ditch and in the center of every block. In addition to coming together easily and quickly, it is really a lovely quilt and super cozy too!