New Orleans House Project

Friday, November 20, 2020

A Moo-velous Quilt and Giveaway

 

I finally finished this "moo-velous" quilt - it's been over 25 years in the making!

My youngest son's kindergarten teacher had a classroom full of kitschy cow decorations.  It all began as a joke, but appreciative parents kept supplying more cow-themed goodies until the cows took over the room!

Of course I planned to make her a cow-themed quilt, but when she got wind of my plans she politely begged off.  I had already begun collecting cow fabrics, so I decided to make a cow medallion quilt for myself.


Initially, I tried to use only fabrics with cow designs, but I wasn't happy with the results - let's just say the seam ripper got a lot of use!  After many years of trying and giving up, I finally decided it was time to finish the quilt and move on.

I experimented with lots of interesting techniques as I worked on the quilt.  One the earliest was fussy-cutting (see the centers of the Ohio Star blocks above), which has turned out to be one of my favorite quilting techniques!

I recently asked Diane Knott of Butterfly Quilting to long-arm quilt the top for me.  I finished up the binding a few weeks ago, but didn't have a good opportunity for picture-taking until recently.

I still haven't added a label, as I'm undecided about the quilt's name.  My best idea is "Life is Moo-velous", but I would love to hear any ideas you all might have.

As I mentioned before, it's time to moo-ve on from the cows, so I'm offering some bovine inspiration to anyone who is interested.  All the fabrics below will be included in this giveaway.

My quilt started with this fabric panel from Joan Kessler for Concord Fabrics.  

There's also another panel of shapes to cut out and appliqué, or use for fussy-cutting.

Also included:  scraps, unused blocks, and some additional yardage.

Yes, this is all vintage fabric (mostly from the mid-late 1990s), and no, you won't hurt my feelings if you're not interested!

If you ARE interested, let me know via the comment section.  If multiple folks are interested, I'll draw a name on Wednesday, November 25th and notify the lucky recipient.  If you are a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you!  










19 comments:

  1. Goodness! Your finish is a long time coming but what a great story. It's always better to know someone doesn't want a cow themed quilt BEFORE you give it them, lol. If you have no other takers, I would love the vintage left overs. It would make a perfect picnic quilt!

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  2. Your finish is well worth the years of angst and indecision, its a really cute quilt. Mooving right along, your leftovers would be perfect for our quilting ministry since we're in a rural area and most of our members live on small farms. Thanks for offering them.

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  3. Cowabunga!
    Gosh, I'm surprised teacher wouldn't want a cow quilt as a fond memory of her teaching days. ;-)
    I'd certainly be interested in the scraps. I might even have a few cow scraps to add to the mix. They'd make a cute donation quilt.

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  4. Cute quilt. I'm not interested in the scraps, but I see 3 other ladies are.

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  5. Don't count me in your giveaway but I just wanted to say - that's a very cute quilt with an equally cute back story!

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  6. What a great finish! I'll decline the giveaway... but others sound like they have some great ideas for the fabrics. HAve a great weekend.

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  7. Congrats on finishing up this old UFO!! Thanks for giving me hope for a few of my own, Angie. I like the name you are entertaining. If not that, I'm sure you will find a name that fits.

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  8. I think your scraps would make a lovely child’s quilt. Please count me in. dorthac at aol dot com.

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  9. I love your quilt design and all those great colors together. I am country woman enough to still appreciate those fabrics. So I would love to be the winner. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I think your quilt is udderly delightful 🐄🐄🐄

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  11. Count me in on the cow scraps . Lots of dairy farmers with littles in our family. Most raise Holstein herds, the black and white ones pictured so perfect for quilt making. Thanks so much for "moooving" the scraps on. Dian at gdavidhoffman atyahoodot com

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  12. Oh my goodness; that panel is on my dining room table right now. My son, a recent new dad, was a big fan of all things farm in the 90s and I was collecting cow fabrics too to make him a quilt at the time. But his tastes changed faster than his mother could sew. Now I have a very little grandson who may be interested if I sew quickly and follow up by giving him his dad's collection of farm tractors as well. I'd love to be included and since I'm in Canada, I'll offer to cover the mailing costs if you draw my name. Colleen: gander dot cpt at gmail dot com.

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  13. Super cute quilt, and I LOVE all the fussy cutting you did for it. I have gobs and gobs of scraps, so let someone else be chosen for this great set here.

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  14. Your cow quilt is de-boVINE! I’m always up for scraps to make a quilt for Quilts for Kids!

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  15. Congratulations on hanging in there and finishing your quilt! That’s great you had some learning opportunities along the way; that’s always a good thing, to learn new techniques and gain new skills. Good for you! I love the name you chose for the quilt, it’s perfect!

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  16. Moo! (Which I believe is cow for "well done, you!")

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  17. what a fun fun fun quilt! Wee it is a delight to study.
    Toss my name in the hat if its not too late.
    xo

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  18. Love this quilt! My niece's nickname is Moo and she would love this.

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