Project Quilting Season 3, Challenge 3: Tools
I was lucky enough to win a little I-spy pack after Challenge 2 and this charm square of this cowboy just stuck in my head. As soon as the challenge was announced, I knew that I wanted to do something about cowboy tools. Aside from a lasso and spur, I wasn't quite sure my range of tool options were. I did some searching and finally decided on the following as my inspiration: lasso, spur, kerchief, and dream sack.
For the lasso, I used perl cotton thread to embroider. I like how the perl cotton is twisted, so it appears rope-like. My inspiration for the cowboy quote comes from all the Ryan Gosling Handmade photos that have been circulating lately. The image of the shirtless cowboy somehow connected with me and if he was to be empathetic to any of my quilting, it would be with quilting large quilts (which I called dream sacks) because I have a tiny-throated machine and often it feels like a wresting match when I need to do anything larger than 50"!
For the spur and kerchief, I framed the cowboy block. I read that the kerchiefs are frequently pretty large with the purpose of providing warmth. To warm up the cowboy, I gave him two framed layers and used a paisley print since I tend to associate that with bandanas and such. Of course, the nice cowboy kerchiefs are frequently made of silk. For the spur, I decided to use a block that looked like a spur.
Finally, for the dream sack (i.e., the blankets that cowboys carry with them to sleep on), I made the background of the quilt like a patchwork blanket and referenced it in the quote.
The colors of the quilt were based on some cowboy photo galleries that I found online-- all earthy colors. For quilting, I just did some simple straight-line quilting that echoed the patchwork.
It was a lot of fun to make this quilt and now I can have my own version of Ryan Gosling cheering me on as I craft! The quilt is 17"x21" and was made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.