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tutorial: cowboy boot quilt, part 2

Giddy up, let’s get this quilt finished up and get on with Valentine’s Day!
fabric combosI picked out all the fabrics I wanted to use, and worked up a layout following the large print for the top of the boot, small print for the toe of the boot suggestions in the instructions in Part 1.

pieces for quiltI cut out all of the pieces and created an assembly line for the sewing machine and right next to the iron for piecing the blocks.

cowboy bootsAll the squares are finished and it really didn’t take that long. It’s kind of like painting a room- there’s a lot of prep work so when you finally get to that last- actually painting- step it’s almost like a reward.

cowboy boot blocks.jpgI added the short sashes of 2″ wide strips to the bottom of all the blocks.

20130213-230333.jpgThen sew the blocks into three row and prepare the long sash strips to connect the block rows.

20130213-230348.jpgSew the outer sashes to the connected blocks.

20130213-230400.jpgThe center of the quilt is complete. My new life motto is “done is better than perfect”, this is beginning to apply to every aspect of my life and I can live with that. Because, really, who but yourself is going to notice that the seams don’t line up perfectly?

Now, for the borders…

fabric selection.jpgI puzzled about which fabric or fabrics to add for the border. In the end, I choose two colors. One is a 1 1/2″ width and the outer border is 2 1/2″ width- a little variety in widths always looks good.


Now, instead of taking pictures as I worked on the border, I made a Vine video (because you can’t do both at the same time on the same device- if you ask me, Vine needs to work on this). It’s extremely short, 6 seconds, but you get the picture.

small boots quilt.jpgDone! Well, ready to be quilted and then bound…

Phew!

tutorial: cowboy boot quilt pattern

It just keeps coming back to cowboys. I made this quilt awhile back, for my mom’s B & B, Slot Canyons Inn, in Escalante Utah- the heart of cowboy country. Since then, I continually get asked for the cowboy boot quilt pattern. So, here it is folks. As you can see I prefer the bold colors and patterns. But if you decide to make your own, then feel free to color it up any way you like, pardner. Here’s the block piecing part of the pattern. You can see the joining-of-the-blocks steps here.
And, I’m making another one of these boot quilts- shrinking the pattern a bit too because what’s better than tiny cowboy boots?
cowboy boot quilt44Cowboy Boot materials and cutting for a 4 boots x 4 boots quilt version:

Block size: 7 1/2″ X 7 3/4″ Quilt size: 41 1/4 X 42 1/2
Requirements are based on a 40″ fabric width
Light Print: 1 1/8 yds. for 2 borders 2″ X 37 3/4″ (top and bottom),
2 borders 2″ X 35 3/4″ (sides),
3 sashes 1 1/4″ X 34 3/4″,
12 sashes 1 1/4″ X 8 1/4″,
60 O, 8 P, 8 PR, 32 S
Stripe: 1 3/8 yds. 2 borders 2 1/2″ X 44 3/4″ (sides),
2 borders 3 1/2″ X 43 3/4″ (top and bottom),
binding 1 1/2″ x 5 yds.
Lg Print Scraps: 1/2 yd. 16 N
Sm Print Scraps: 3/8 yd. 8 Q, 8 QR, 8 R, 8 Rr, 8 T, 8 Tr
Lining: 2 3/4
Batting 4″ wider and longer than quilt top

boot instructionsNote that for each boot block, you need 1 N cut from a large-scale print, 1 Q (or Qr) and 1 R (or Rr) cut from the same small-scale print, and 1 T (or Tr) cut from another small-scale print.

Prewash fabrics. Damp dry and press. Prepare templates by printing the above and below patterns so the bottom of the P & PR and the middle of the N piece measures 7″. Cut patches as listed in the box (directions) above. All border strips and the long sash include 2″ extra length for insurance plus 1/4″ seam allowances. The short sashes are the exact length required.

boot block copyMake 8 blocks like the block diagram above, and 8 blocks that are reversed. Follow the steps below to complete the squares:

P to Q copySew the P and Q sections together, then press the seams flat with an iron.

N to O copySew the P/Q section to the N/O section and press with an iron.

piecing together copy1. Sew O to R.
2. Sew S to R, sew S to T.
3. Press seams.
4. Sew R section to T section and press.

piecing the boot copy1. Sew P section to N section, press seams.
2. Sew P/N to R/T section, press seams.
Repeat this process for all 16 squares.

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cowboy boot quilt

cowboy boot quilt
Here is the cowboy boot quilt top- all pieced together- that I’ve been working on for my mom and her bed and breakfast Slot Canyons Inn. I’ve got so many projects started, it feels good to finally have something finished. OK well… once again part-way finished.
It pieced together pretty fast once I had the fabric all picked out and cut to size. I am still trying to decide on fabric for the border, there is a thin strip (2 in.) and a thicker one (3 in.) that go all the way around. I always get antsy at this stage of a quilt, I want to see it all done and quilted. Unfortunately I am on a waiting list at Corn Wagon (a great quilting store just down the street from my house) and they are 8 to 10 weeks out. I should have gotten on the quilting list a little earlier.

Look here to see the finished quilt and the pattern.