It is time for the big reveal of round two in our Gwennie Inspired sew-a-long. If you are just jumping in, here is a recap.
Lori (Humble Quilts) started us off in May with her choice of “baskets” for the center. I have never seen so many creative and beautiful baskets. I love them all!
This month’s choice was made by Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts). Her theme of “Childhood Memories” was an absolute joy for me. I knew instantly what fabrics I would use as I spent most of my childhood wishing I were a cowboy riding the range! I incorporated vintage cowboy feedsacks and I also printed images of cowboy comic books as I spent hours and hours poring over them as a child.
I am making this in the potholder method, whereby each border was appliqued, hand quilted and bound and then stitched together. The backing fabrics are also special to me. The Little Golden Book fabric is a reproduction and is one of my favorites. I’d like to say that the panels are upside down because I used to read the books while hanging upside down from our apple tree, but the truth is I screwed up!
When I wasn’t dreaming about being a cowboy, I was making paperdolls so the backing for the corner blocks is quite appropriate. I love the red binding, but I didn’t want it to be too heavy on the corner blocks so I used the background fabric on two sides. I added the little yo-yo’s at the intersections to tie in the striped fabric in the center and also because I loved making them as a kid.
This one has Tim Holt inside the yellow star. He was one of my favorites. He also did a lot of detective movies, but I loved him as a cowboy!
I was cursing myself halfway through the process for deciding to make this in the potholder method. I’m not sure why it never occurred to me that I would have to applique, quilt, bind and stitch together ALL borders before starting on the next round. In the middle of the summer – really??? But I made it and I am very happy that Cathy (Big LakeQuilter) has chosen “Log Cabin” for the next border. I think I can do it quite quickly if I don’t over think it!
So, check out all the wonderful progress at the linky party (Wabi-Sabi Quilts). And remember, it is never too late to join in the fun!
And, speaking of childhood memories… I rarely post anything not quilt related, but we put up a swing for our grandson last week and, well… weeeee!