New Orleans House Project

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Cow Jumped Onto the Quilt!

Sunday morning is fast becoming my hand stitching time.  The dogs always seem to wake up around 5 AM and I get up to let them out so DH can sleep in.  It's nice to have the house to myself and I invariably wind up on the couch watching reruns of "Law and Order" and working on the current hand stitching project.

I'm still working on stitching down the binding on the ginormous quilt I mentioned last week.  This is a scrappy, scrappy quilt that was meant to use up a huge stash of cow novelty fabrics I accumulated back in the early 1990s.  I turned to the queen of use-it-up scrap quilts - Bonnie Hunter - for block inspiration, although my layout is different from hers.

I worked on piecing all the blocks during weekends at our camp;  I really had that treadle sewing machine humming!  Eventually I took a stack of blocks home and arranged them on the design wall.  Holy cow - it was one of the biggest quilts I'd ever created!  After adding the sashing, it came out to be almost 100" by 100"!  

I took the finished top to Cindy Braiwick, my local longarm quilter.  I told her I had no specific ideas for quilting and to let her imagination roam.  She quilted a whole 'nother menagerie onto the quilt.  Above:  flying pigs

Cats in the moonlight

Dancing cows

I managed to get a little over a quarter of the binding stitched down this morning.  I'm hoping I'll get some more hand stitching time later today.

If you enjoy hand stitching, be sure to stop by Kathy's Quilts to see what other hand stitchers are working on today!


  1. What a great quilt...and such amazing quilting designs to compliment the theme! Enjoy the binding! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Oh all the cow prints. What a good choice.

  3. What a fun collection of cow themed fabrics! Glad you were able to find such a fun use for them all. Enjoy your binding stitching.

  4. That quilt is terrific! Nice to see such custom stitching and such great use of scraps resulting in a beautiful cuddly quilt! Way to go!

  5. I did not even notice your quilt was made out of cow prints! Great use of them and the machine quilting on it is superb. This is the kind of quilt that makes me smile--so much personality!