My nephew Alex fancies himself a cowboy and is very much into horses…real ones and toy ones. He spends hours arranging his toy horses in fences and keeps an eye out at Aldi’s for boxes which would make good barns. In short, he’s horse crazy. Any time he has the opportunity to buy a new toy, he gravitates to additional horses for his herd. This is why when I saw this horse fabric at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks ago I knew I had to get it and use it to make a quilt for Alex.

Since purchasing the fabric, I’ve been busy playing with patterns in EQ7. I think I’ve finally come up with a pattern that I like.

As I usually do, I used fabrics from EQ7 which are similar, but not exactly like the fabrics I intend to use.

The fabrics that I intend to use are these:

The pattern I’ve come up with is this one–with these fabric choices, I’ll need one more color. I’d originally picked a cream on cream for the background…but I like the gold better. Ideally, I’d like to find a green the same color as the bluish green in the horse fabric for the frame around the focus fabric…but so far I’ve not had any luck finding a good match. I may well end up going with a dark brown.

My plan is to use the horses where the cabin fabric is in the quilt below. To use the gold fabric where the gold is…and the rust where the rusty colored fabric is. Then I’ll use either dark brown or the bluish green for the frame around what will be the horse fabric in the center of the block.

As I worked with this block I discovered that I really like this block. It has a nice big area for a focus fabric…like the horses…or for another quilt…another big print type focus fabric. Though the block looks complicated, it would really be quite simple to sew and would lend itself very well to chain piecing. When I chain piece I pin units together and sew everything that I can in one pass. This block lends itself well to that as in the first pass you would sew the short frame pieces to the focus fabric on each side, you would sew all of the small gold triangles to the small rust triangles, and then one small triangle to one side of the big triangle. Once those were all sewed you’d press and then you’d do another pinning/sewing pass. This time you’d sew the long frame sides to the rest of the focus fabric unit, you’d sew two of the small gold/small brown triangle units together–being careful of the orientation since half of them go one way and half the other way. You’d also sew the last small rust triangle to the big gold triangle. Once those are finished you’d press again. The next pass you would sew the two squares made of triangles to the big flying geese unit. Then you’d press again. The next pass you’d add the last of the squares made of triangles to the rest of the star point units for each block. The next pass you’d sew half of your star point units to the sides of your focus fabric units. And you’d sew the corner squares onto the remaining star point units. Once those were sewn you’d press again and then you’d sew the star point units with the corner squares onto the rest of the block.

Given the block is pretty easy…and looks like it is pretty complicated, I thought that it was a pattern I could use for other quilts as well as for my nephew’s quilt, so I played with it a bit and worked up some other layouts as well.

I really like this one in brights and blacks. That’s always one of my favorite color palettes as it always seems striking and often lends itself well to scrappy treatments…as it does in this case.

I also have tons of those crumb blocks that I’ve written about before and I wondered what this block would look like using those. So I put together this one which, though not exact, probably gives a good idea of what a scrappy centered version of the block might look like.

So, here’s the cutting list for the block. I’ll use the block pattern for Alex’s quilt for instructions but you can use your own color/fabric choices by substituting your own fabrics for each part of the block.

For EACH block you will need to cut:

From the gold fabric you will need to cut:

4 squares 2 inches by 2 inches

8 squares 2 3/8 by 2 3/8 inches cut in half on the diagonal

1 square 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 cut on both diagonals

 

From the orange fabric cut :

8 squares 2 3/8 by 2 3/8 inches cut in half on the diagonal

 

From the dark brown fabric cut:

2 rectangle 2 inches by 6 1/2 inches

2 rectangles 2 inches by 9 1/2 inches

 

From the cabin fabric cut:

1 square 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches

For the borders:

Borders will vary depending upon how many blocks you make and how big you make the quilt. For the 4 x 5 block layout pictured in the brown and gold quilt you would need the following borders:

From the gold:

(2) 60 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch strips

(2) 54 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch strips

 

From the brown:

(2) 66 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch strips

(2) 56 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch strips

 

Total fabric yardage estimates:

Gold – you will need 2 1/8 yards – this measurement assumes that you will piece long strips.

Rust – you will need 1 yard

Dark Brown – you will need 1 1/2 yard – this measurement assumes that you will piece long strips

Cabin Print – you will need 3/4 yard


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