Are you wondering yet why I'm sharing my feelings about bologna? Well, I've come to the conclusion that felt is the bologna of the fabric world. Little things chopped up, mushed together and pressed down flat. That's how both bologna and felt are made.
I know I'm going to get in trouble for this.... but felt, even if it is 100% wool felt, IS NOT the same as felted wool. Do you remember last year when I made the Urban Owls quilt designed by Wendy Williams as a block-of-the-month project? Felt was included in the kit and in the spirit of learning new things, I used it and blogged about the pros and cons.
Wendy has designed another beautiful quilt, "While The Cat's Away", offered as a BOM through Material Obsessions and I enrolled. The first month included felt to make flower centers and once again I cut them out, appliqued them together and haven't added any embroidery stitches. Why? Because other than the bright colors they look really flat, just like the bologna. And now that I'm a grown-up I have choices.
I'm going to substitute the bologna, I mean felt, with lovely, soft, textural, felted wool. After the final month of the BOM I will have a give-away here of colorful felt that you can use for a sandwich or a craft project.
The kits are expensive and there is part of me that thinks I should use what is in the kit but my justification is that I don't like it and I'm not going to work on a beautiful quilt with fabric I don't like. (at this point imagine me with hands on hips and a pout on my lips.)
Hopefully I will get some blocks finished next week that I can share.
p.s. for all of you that are offended because you love felt and/or bologna, sorry.