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Kern County Fair and Cowboy Quilts! Updated!

The fair is coming to Bakersfield next week.  I thought I would honor the fair by talking about my cowboy boot quilt I made for my sister-in-law last year.

I made this quilt before I bought my Handi Quilter longarm.  The quilt was quilted on my Bernina.  I marked the quilt before quilting and also did some free motion quilting on it.  I wish I would of took a picture of the setup I had for the Bernina.

I had the sewing machine in our great room on a small fold up table.  We bought a Styrofoam insulation board and cut it up to fit around the sewing machine to make a wide flat surface.  The styrofoam was an inch and a half thick I believe and we doubled it up to bring it to the surface of the sewing machine.  It worked out pretty well.  I still wouldn't go back to it now that I have a longarm.

The thing I hated the most about quilting on my Bernina was sandwiching the quilt on the ground.  I am too old for that.... well at least I feel like I am! It sure was a lot of work.  Sometimes I would sandwich the quilt outside on the patio but that was usually pretty hot even under the umbrellas.

As I was making this quilt my husband suggested I put some denim fabric in the border.  I used some of the old Levis I had for other quilting projects and pieced it together for the 1 1/2" border.

Updated-----------------------------------------------May 13, 2017
I had to re-draft this block because some people had questions about the size of the pieces. The original block was drafted before I got my AutoCAD subscription. I think I created in Quilt Pro.  AutoCAD is a drafting program and it is easier for me to get the dimensions I want.
Here is a new block and cutting directions for you.  It is not exactly the same as in the quilt but it will be in a new quilt pattern that I will have soon. The fabric in the picture is Moda's Reflections.




Here are a couple of pictures of the quilt in progress. I used a bandana print for the background.


Here are pictures of the finished quilt.  The quilt is about 60" by 78".



I may have to make another one in the future.  It would probably be a version of this one!

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