William wanted a cowboy theme quilt and the fabrics he picked out were adorable: rodeo cowboys, covered wagons, sheriff’s badge stars. I loved the reds, greens, and browns and continued to gather plaids, checks, stripes and paisleys to round out the collection. But I had no quilt design in mind.
A year later, I found the perfect pattern ~ Cowboy Boots. The boot block required some tedious templates and fussy piecing, yet I never got bored with making them. Choosing new fabric combinations for each cowboy boot was so much fun.
As I assembled the quilt, even the sashing and cornerstones provided a creative opportunity. Sashing strips were carefully cut from a wavy striped fabric and each cornerstone featured a concho design.
After making 20 boot blocks, there were enough bits of fabric left to piece a spiky barbed wire type border before adding the final border of black stripe.
The search for a suitable backing fabric ended the following year when we were on vacation in Montana. There was just enough of this Native American blanket stripe left on the bolt to back a twin size quilt. Perfect colors, perfect print, perfect souvenir of our Western family trip.
More time passed when I sent the project to Stover Quality Quilting to be completed with their Baptist Fan longarm quilting design.
So, from start to finish, this quilt took three years to complete. And what did my darling boy say when he received this special gift from his mother?
“Mom, I don’t really like cowboys any more!”