Horse Quilt is Finished

Jessi’s horse quilt is finished and given to her.  Before I go into the pictures, I want to thank my good friend, Betty from The Village Mercantile.  You’ve heard the saying that your best friend can finish your sentences for you.  I have just a handful of really good friends like that and Betty is one of them, even though I don’t get to see her enough.  When I was thinking about making this quilt, I knew I needed horse fabric.  I called Betty and she told me about several fabrics she had.  I was telling her how I was going to make the quilt and since I couldn’t see the fabric, I told her just to send me something that would work.  She told me she had a great Moda horse fabric but . . it’s pink! Knowing I’m not much on pink, she was hesitant to send it but we talked about it and she decided that was the fabric to send.  As soon as we hung up, I thought to myself . . I wish I’d gone with the Laurel Burch fabric. It seemed more like something I’d enjoy working with and Jessi would like also.  But, I didn’t want to bother Betty again so I decided to be happy with the Moda horses and then forgot about it.  A couple of days later, the package arrived.  In it was the Laurel Burch fabric and a note from Betty saying “The more I thought about it, the more I knew you’d rather have this fabric!”  How cool is that?

If you need fabric, check out The Village Mercantile‘s website.  If you’re near Boonville, IN (near Evansville, IN), go by the shop.  You will not be disappointed. She has brights, dulls, plaids, 30’s, Civil War . .  a good selection of it all.  I miss that shop so much.

The quilt is bright and I hope Jessi likes it.

The back has more of the horse fabric. And, she got a pillowcase too.  Another picture with the color way off.  The background on the horse fabric is navy blue!


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    WOW Judy, I bet Jessi is thrilled with this!
    Aren’t great friends the best……I love that she changed up the fabrics and didn’t let you know until you read her note. 🙂
    Wish I could go shopping at her store in person……

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    That is really nice. I love the black and white fabric you used for the border. I would have never thought about that. I do Love Laurel Burch, and have a TON of it. I have yet to make a project out of it. Sad, but true. Infact, I was going to do something similar, the Atkinson pattern “All about Me”. Panels make it harder. On the “someday” list.

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    It’s wonderful to have good friends like Betty! Jessi will be blown away, and the pillowcase is such a thoughtful and cool bonus.

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    It’s fantabulous! I know she’s gonna love it! I recently had a quilt finish too, a wedding ring quilt I started when my 19 yr. old son was a baby! LOL! I put pics on my blog…..Now I wish I had fabrics left over from it to make a pillowcase to match like you did.

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    Peggy says

    Jessie is fortunate that you made her such a nice quilt. Betty is a very nice person and talented. You are lucky to have her as a friend and even more fortunate to have her know you so well.

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    Judy – I have a question that has nothing to do with quilts … I’ve just recently started following your blog, in the last 4-6 weeks. I enjoy so many of your recipes and I especially admire your preparedness when it comes to food. I was wondering if you have any pressure cooker recipes you’d be willing to share? I discovered the pressure cooker a few months ago and love it, however I seem to be stale-mated at cooking chili, stews, and short ribs in it. I’d love some new ideas. Thanks. – Sally ([email protected])

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    Pam says

    You rose to the occasion and succeeded. Job well done.
    Friends are the best.
    Jessi is a fortunate young lady to be the recipient of your talented work.

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    Jessi says

    I don’t think I’ll EVER be able to thank you enough for it! Its so pretty, and alive, and happy! It makes me happy everytime I look at it!
    Thank you sooo much!
    I’m gonna send you a picture of what it looks like on my bed at the house. So, it should be on FB by Monday!

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    Looks great! I have actually been to Boonville for a wedding, but we didn’t make it to the shop…will have to on the next trip that way!

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    Becky R says

    I really like how this came together – love how you pieced the blocks, then how you put the sections together. Perfect way to use these preprinted panels to make something quilt sized instead of just a wall hanging size if you left the panel together.
    Maybe the start for another book?

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    That is soooooo pretty. I love that fabric, and considered purchasing it. I end up sticking with the Laurel Burch cats most of the time.

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    Marla says

    Betty is a wonderful lady. I am lucky enough that I do live close enough I can get there on occasion and I will vouch for what a wonderful shop she has. I just saw her about a month ago and was able to see her new longarm upstairs as I had bought one like hers too, She was gracious enough to show it to me as we had not built our frame yet.