Ben’s Wool-filled Blanket

We decided recently it’s time for Ben to receive his own wool blanket, made by the St. Peter Woolen Mill, in St. Peter, Minnesota.  This is something we’ve done for each of our children as well as ourselves:  a cotton quilt with a warm wool batting…the best thing to take the chill off a cold Minnesota night.

The quilt top shown here was made of fabric scraps from corduroy clothing my husband’s mother had made for him when he was small, in the 70’s.  His mother had sewn them into quilt blocks, but tucked them away with the busyness of life. The blocks were recently found and passed to us by my father-in-law. My daughter decided to sew them into a quilt top and then also set it aside.

We pulled it out again and turned it into a twin-size quilt for Ben’s bed.  I found a navy corduory by B. Black & Sons at Ginny’s Fine Fabrics and added a border.  My husband stopped by Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, Minnesota, when he was on business in the area, and found a navy cotton backing fabric. I packaged the quilt top and backing fabric up, and off it all went to the St. Peter’s Woolen Mill for assembly.

This is the eighth blanket we’ve had made at the St. Peter’s Woolen Mill.  Most often, we’ve sent a few yards of our chosen quilting fabric, no piecing required.  Twice, we’ve had a quilt top that has a little sentimental value, like this one, to send over.  They take it from there.

Several years ago, my family visited the St. Peter’s Woolen Mill for a tour.  We enjoyed seeing the large machinery they use to clean and prepare wool (old or new) for various uses, like wool battings for quilts and comforters.  The wool batting is covered in cheese cloth before it is put into a blanket.  The mill also has a very large room with industrial sewing machines where they assemble blankets.

Now I know Ben will be very comfortable in the winter months when the temperature is very cold outside and the house thermometer is set to 65 degrees F.


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