Well, I did it. With some help. I finished Isaac's cowboy quilt!
It's a hodge podge. Not really a pattern but more of a Little House on the Prairie scrap look. I started it when he was a baby and I wanted to decorate his room in a vintage cowboy theme. Now there are other elements thrown in to his room decor like Star Wars and the OSU Beavers.
I cut out so many triangles and squares I made two baby quilts in the meantime. One for Ebin and one for a friend. It makes this one slightly less exciting. Or maybe it just made it easier to ignore it for a long time. I had this quilt 90 percent done several years ago but I always planned to have it machine quilted by someone else. The twin quilt I made was hard enough to cram through my machine. For a while it was totally infeasible to afford machine quilting but finally I decided I just needed to make it happen. I added a couple of rows of blocks to the sides to make it more of a queen shape. In the end I cut the outermost round of blocks to be half-blocks by trimming 2 1/2" off all four sides to make it a more manageable size. Gayle Karol of Tille Studio quilted it for me. She was so lovely. She suggested a lasso pattern because of the theme, and after looking at a few of the other pantographs I decided to go with that one. I think it was called Lariat. It looks so great!
The backing is a single piece of extra wide quilt backing in a red and white bubble pattern. After Gayle returned the quilt the last steps were trimming and binding. I bought a plain navy broadcloth for the binding (and did not do it on the bias...sorry folks, straight grain strips are just too easy and much cheaper). If it falls apart I could re-bind it. In 20 years.
You can really see the Lariat pattern in this pic.
It took me a couple of weekends to stitch the back of the binding (358"!). Yesterday was the BIG MOMENT: machine washing it. I'm so happy with how it turned out. The machine quilting gives it that fantastic rumpled vintage look. I pre-washed most of the fabrics so I wasn't sure how much of that effect it would have. I even pre-washed the red backing fabric but it bled through on some of the fabrics. I did a little reading and I think a couple of washes with Oxyclean might take care of it. You can kind of see the pink-ish bleed on the white mouse fabric of this center pinwheel. It isn't terrible but I hope it fades.
Isaac is kind of meh about the whole thing (as expected). I think the wood grain fabric is his favorite. Mine is the map fabric. I also love the Bonjour chicken and some of the really cute cowboy ones.
I went to Ikea to buy him some sheets that would coordinate. He is now the only person in the house with 300 thread count sheets. Actually I think he was pretty excited about the sheets. They are super satiny but insanely wrinkled.
It was over 90 yesterday and too hot for even a sheet at bedtime but he was all curled up this morning! He said it was SO warm.
The best part? I can start thinking about my next quilt. One for our bed.