I Just Wanna Be a Cowboy Baby Quilt – Finished!

Updates will be sporadic this month – it’s Nanowrimo and I’m writing! No words to spare for a blog! You want blogging, do Nablopomo. 😉

Anyway, I did the backside of the Cowboys quilt in simple blocks. These were 8″, so in order to make the thing big enough, I added strips of muslin leftover from Speed Racer’s costume.

I knew I was using 2″ pink satin blanket binding, so all the muslin would be covered.

I basted it in one direction with thread like my mother taught me. I could almost hear her yelling “Don’t pick up the fabric!” with every stitch. Hand-basting like that takes me forever, though, so I decide one direction was better than nothing.

Then I quilted it, using stitch-in-the-ditch on the major block lines on the front with dark blue thread, then a series of stars 1″ apart inside the stars with pink thread. BTW, don’t baste right where you know you’re going to be SITDing. Duh.

(Yeah, I managed to keep that cat off the quilt the entire time…then he walks across it in the final pictures before shipping. Argh!)

I think the quilting of the stars really worked nicely and added a lot of detail to the quilt. Very happy with the end result!

The finished front, with satin binding:

And the finished back:

I loved using satin blanket binding for this, because it adds texture and man, is it way easier than hand sewing the binding. I’ve been working on binding the Ashley quilt in my spare time for a couple weeks now and it’s still not done!

OK, now back to my regularly scheduled Nano!

Published in: on November 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Wanna Be a Cowboy Baby…Quilt (Finished Front)

Well, that was easier and harder than I thought. It took a while to figure out what order was the best to sew in, but turning the corners really wasn’t that hard. Of course, everything didn’t turn out nice and pointy in the end. I think I need a real 1/4″ foot and not a line drawn on my normal one!

The best method I found for putting together a five point star block was to sew the top two pieces together, then the bottom three star pieces.

Then I added the borders to those pieces.

Finally sewed the two star pieces to the three star pieces, and added the rest of the borders.

See how that’s totally not square? Yeah, I dunno. That’s why I’m taking a quilt class! The first of many! I was able to get it straighter when adding the sashing and borders, but then I chopped off a bunch of the star points. (The border and the very center are a pink flannel.) Hopefully it will look okay once I quilt a star pattern on it. Maybe?

Published in: on October 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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I Wanna Be a Cowboy Baby…Quilt (Fabric & Pattern)

Hee. I just like the name of this one. I was going to go with “The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas” – seeing as it’s a Dallas Cowboys’ quilt and all. But really, Kid Rock just flows better!

So I got a request for a pink Dallas Cowboys’ quilt. Go ahead, do a search for pink Dallas Cowboys fabric. Yeah, doesn’t so much exist. I got the brilliant idea to get the white Cowboys’ fabric and dye it. Except Joann’s online freaking ran out before they filled my order (but helpfully sent me the rest of my order. Now if I don’t have one of the fabrics, what use do I have for the others???) Joann’s in-store didn’t have the fabric, and special ordering required two yards. No thanks, I don’t need extra!! I ended up buying it at Jandofabrics.com – cost more than Joann’s, but they promised not to freaking run out on me!

White Dallas Cowboys fabric….

Pink Dallas Cowboys fabric!

It washed out to a lovely pale pink that goes perfectly with the pink star fabric from Joanns.com. The blue fat quarter was from Walmart, snatched up in their misguided closing of the fabric section. I figured more stars can never hurt.

This is my pattern – like I said, more stars! I’m probably going to sash it out in the blue for accent. I’m a little worried about all the star corners – there’s a lot of angles to sew instead of straight lines! But I think I know what I’m doing. We’ll see!

(Also, I’d like to point out the current standings. Giants, 5-0; Cowboys, 3-2. And the mom-to-be is from Jersey. Tsk tsk!)

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm  Comments (3)  
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