We recently received a family heirloom wagon wheel bedroom set for our oldest son. It was my husband's grandfather's childhood bed and so adorable. It's a real treasure just to have it. But, if we were going to have a cowboy bed, we needed cowboy bedding. Could I find something that I loved? Nope. So, I had to make something myself (oh darn). Did I do a small piece for my first? Nah, I just had to attack a full-size bed quilt. Did I stitch-in-the-ditch for my first quilting experiment? Nope, I charged ahead for free-motion (and fell in love with it).
I had no idea I would enjoy quilting so much. Time and patience ruled out hand quilting, but my little machine did me proud on this one. Here's the rundown...
fabrics: white Kona muslin, vintage-y blue cowboy print, organic green cotton, yellow patterned quilting fabric for stars, Michael Miller red horseshoes print for binding
techniques: continuous double-fold bias binding, free-motion machine quilting, applique stars with satin stitch borders
I'm not a big believer in rules for sewing/crafting/arts so I disregarded some of the free-motion quilting "rules". (what kind of art are we creating if we absolutely have to abide by someone else's rules?) I crossed over my own lines and the pattern isn't totally consistent in spacing. It's far from perfect, but every stitch was made with love for my little man and I am thrilled with the result.
I posted more pictures than I probably needed to but I'm indulging a little. :)
(my little cowpoke had to snuggle down for naptime and I didn't get a shot of the back, but I'll work on that)