The completion of this quilt came a long time after it was initially requested. Several factors contributed to this delay, but the important thing is that I finished this quilt in time to give it as a Christmas gift for the intended recipient, my uncle. I used the Meandering Path layout from the Moda Bake Shop for the quilt front. I really liked this design because it highlights all of the prints and sews together fairly quickly.
The pattern requires one charm pack and one layer cake. I used Moda’s King of the Ranch fabric line. It is difficult for me to pick out fabrics suitable for a male, however I was excited when I found this fabric. I loved the prints and colors. They also fit the requested description of cowboy on the front and Southwest on the back.
Also to fit the bill of the initial request for this quilt was the size. A length greater than 60″ was desired. This layout yields a generous sized quilt, which is perfect for napping, with 60″ by 72″ finished dimensions.
While looking for fabrics for the back, I realized that Southwestern-type fabric is not all that easy to find. I found one print that I really liked, but sadly I was not able to get enough for the entire back. I mixed in a couple of solids and a neat horse head print. I do really enjoy a pieced backing even if the ‘pieces’ are relatively large.
I am pretty pleased with how this quilt turned out. I used vertical lines at varying spacing for all of the quilting. The best part was seeing my uncle’s face when he opened up his Christmas present. Giving a great gift is one of the best things in the world. When said gift is a handmade creation you made, that is an even better feeling.
I will leave you with a couple of fabric close-ups for your viewing pleasure as I am still working on my large quilt photography skills.