I've been "coordinating" the making of a group quilt for a silent auction to be held in about a month. We were asked in August about doing this for the auction in Dallas in November! (Non-quilters don't realize the time that goes into the making of a group quilt.) Many of my quilting friends were gone or busy with school starting, so since the task was given to me, I decided to take one of my patterns and use it for the center of the quilt. I knew this design to be quick to make and easy, so I knew I could get it done in time to pass it along to others. My Little Cowboy quilt pattern has pieces to make your cowboy a girl if you want, so I just made both figures and enlarged the center to fit them. (I also added the purse and lasso.) Don't be afraid to play with your figures and colors!
I embroidered a verse around two sides and did a rope-like trapunto on the opposite two sides. Then I asked four others to make the "piano key" borders. Another added the blue border, then I took the quilt to a friend with a long-arm who does beautiful quilting. She volunteered her expertise since this was for a good cause! All that is left is the binding. I have brown left for that.
So....thank you so much to all of you who made this quilt a reality. Louise, Tina, Martha, Holly, and Debbie! It finished off at 54" x 54" before binding.
And a special thank you to Debbie Hayes, who did the quilting. If you are interested in her work, email me with that request and I will pass your name along to her.