Nicole asked me about finishing the cowgirl panel quilt for Addie’s bed. Crazy girl . . doesn’t she know I no longer sew!
I think the cowgirl quilt is already a little young for Addie. It’s been almost a year since I finished the top (which means I added a border or two) and I’ve never quilted it. That’s what I get for waiting!
I told Nicole I’d come up with something for Addie’s bed so I began to play in EQ. It’s been so long since I even opened the program that I felt uncomfortable using it. That’s just sad! Nicole and I talked about what to make and I told her I wanted it to be something happy and bright . . something not so tedious that a Sharpie or a rip would be sad. Their Speck loves getting up on Addie’s bed and being a dog lover, I’m never going to create a quilt that a dog can’t be on.
This is what I came up with . . you’ll see how it evolved and the final picture will be my working diagram.
From there I played around with borders and considered making the star points black.
Then I looked at the block instructions for the snowball-ish block, which EQ calls Meadow Flower.
That looks scary to me! I thought about chopping the yellow squares off and making them triangles, making it more like traditional snowball construction. That would make things a little easier.
But I didn’t like how that looked in the quilt.
I figured there had to be an easier way to make these blocks so I changed the sewing lines a bit and I think this is do-able and the look will be the same.
Then Nicole reminded me that she likes for quilts to be plenty long so I added another row at the bottom. Also, you will notice that the corner border blocks are weird. Because of the layout, all the border blocks but the corners have the colored part touching the inner purple border but the corner blocks have yellow fabric between the colored part and the purple border. That bothered me so I’m going to put a plain purple square there.
This is what I’ll make. Because I didn’t want to go drawing in extra pieces or doing more math, the side pieced borders aren’t showing to be spaced correctly but what I’ll do is this: The plain yellow squares in the top and bottom pieced border will be 5″ (as are the pieced blocks). The yellow squares in the side pieced borders will be 6″ but the pieced blocks will still be 5″. It will not be noticeable . . mainly because on the bed, you won’t be looking that closely at the sides and top/bottom border at the same time and, I don’t think it’s going to be that obvious.
I present to you . . Addie’s quilt . . and let’s hope she gets it before she graduates from high school!
The colors are just randomly placed using EQ’s default colors. I’ll be working from the stash so it will be controlled scrappy. With the gold and purple, it will be a little bit “LSU” and that will make her mom and dad happy!