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Sunrise Baby Quilt

When I created the Sunset Quilt I had quite a few ends of sewn blocks and remaining strips of fabric. A perfect amount to make a fun bright baby play quilt.

On the flip side I used a cheery ABC block pattern that picks up a lot of the colors from the block side.

For the borders I used two different batik fabrics and inserted extra batting so those borders are a little puffy.

And since I was thinking of this as a play quilt more then a sleeping blanket, I added fun pom-pom trim along the top and bottom on the ABC side.

Cowboy Boot Quilt

My first quilt designed from the block up!

Cowboy Boot Block Pattern Now Available (PDF format) from my personal website:

I had made a pair of cowboy booties as a shower gift and wanted to follow up with a cowboy boot quilt. I searched through pattern books and online shops and didn’t find any patterns for blocks that I liked. I found many that were appliqué and some that were close, but non that really were the cowboy boot I envisioned. So, necessity being the catalyst for invention, I got to work and designed my own block.

Once I had the pattern designed I spent a good deal of time deciding what fabrics to use. I had some baby-wale corduroy in various colors and decided that was the perfect base for the boot toes and heals. This does add a level of complexity to cutting the fabric since you need to make sure you have both the wale and the pile oriented correctly. I love the texture it lends to the boots – both tactile and visual. For the background around each boot I chose matching colors of tiny check fabric, which being lighter in weight necessitated care while sewing and directional pressing. The fabrics for the main part of each boot were selected for color, scale and whimsy. I ended up have a couple fabrics that were scene based and others that were tossed patterns which I think adds to the charm.

Once I had completed the piecing of all the boot blocks I decided to quilt each block separately so as to be able to give different patterns to each boot. The sashing was added using quilt-as-you-go techniques, which again allowed for detail stitching.

The images show the boot quilt front, block back and then close up details from each side.