Jul 26, 2014

cow quilt finished!


The applique cow quilt is finished! Been working on this one off and on for two months. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I decided to sort of "let go" of all the quilter rules and the neat and tidy techniques and just go with it.

Our family room has a a few touches of black and white cow, as you can see ... so you can see where this one might be hanging!


This was my first large scale applique using raw edge and Misty Fuse.  Up to this point, I've always turned the edges under. There are quite a few dangling threads on some of the edges and at first, this drove me crazy. Then I decided that this is part of the improv approach, and now I have endorsed those edges!

I have posted several times on the progress of this quilt, part two is here and here's part one. Short story - this is an original pattern I drew, using a photograph as a model. The ~100+ applique pieces are convex and concave so they snuggle up next to one another. It is machine quilted with black, white, gray and cream thread that mimics the direction of the cow's fur.

This pebble quilting on the background might be my favorite part. I also love this tidy quarter-inch binding... and the eye.


I still haven't hit upon an appropriate title for this one. I got a couple suggestions in the last post... waiting for that perfect fit. All I can think of is stealing from advertising slogans, the obvious"Got Milk?",  ".... It's What for Dinner!" Or "Eat More Chicken!"

Open to all ideas!

I am linking up to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays. Always an inspiration to see all the art quilts linked up!

14 comments:

  1. Your cow is very handsome, indeed, and will look fabulous in your family room. For a title: Here's Looking at You.

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    1. Norma: I like this title a lot! Thanks so much. That title kinda fits with the one eye.

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  2. You picked a perfect background color! Love it. Fantastic job!

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I really wanted it to pop, and that turquoise blue seemed to fit. I appreciate your comments!

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  3. Stunning! The first title that came to mind was (forgive me please) Moove Over.

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    1. Gwyned: that is a funny title. Makes me laugh. Thanks for stopping by! I had so much fun making this one.

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  4. Congratulations on your finish! The turquise sky is a perfect foil to the black and whites. It all looks beautiful neat and tidy in the pictures - no threads at all. title? How about 'seeing eye to eye'?

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    1. Thanks Hilary! The background is a nice pop of color. I like you're title suggestion. I am thinking of going with Holy Cow. :)

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  5. A COW Quilt!! I LOVE cows!! Did you see A moo ha?? That is just wonderful, the bright blue the expression all of it. And your furniture!!! So cool girl. cowgirl.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color!

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    1. Thanks LeeAnna. You know as they say, when in Texas, do as the Texans do! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. What a great quilt! I just upholstered a chair in Pinto Pony and everyone thinks it's cow! It would be perfect for your room!

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    1. Linda - that sounds so cool. I think the room definitely needs more cow!! Thanks for stopping by and for the comments - sorry for the delay in responding. I've gotten behind on blogging....!

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  7. Great cown piece.......I have a special fondness for cow themed quilts.....and find myself making one each year!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I really appreciate your comments. I am planning a series of black and white applique in the same style and same size - zebras and a panda! More to come... eventually.

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