Thursday, November 14, 2013

For the "COW"BOYS

Is it really the last day ?
 Thank you  Madame Samm for coming up with your awesome plan to have a hop 
"For the boys" !
Everyone that participated has come up with so many great ideas for things
 we can make for our big and little boys.
Amy, you have been sewincredibly great at cheering us on every day...BRAVO AMY !
  And thank you to Camelot Fabrics, for sponsoring the hop.

I made a quilt in honor of my son Shane, who rodeo-ed all through high school. 
Ranchman and I spent many a long night at rodeo arenas all around Texas. I slept in the pickup lots of times waiting for Shane's turn to rope, because roping was always the last event, and if he was in the slack, his turn didn't come until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. 
But it was all worth it ! Shane is an upstanding young man who now helps us here on the ranch.
I've always loved this picture of him roping in 1997. Long about that same time I found a
Calf Roping Quilt Pattern by June Jaeger, at Debs Flying Needle in Stephenville,Texas . 
I thought it looked just like him ! That was at least 16 years ago, and they still sell that pattern, I happened to see it when I was in there just the other day.
 "For the boys" was the perfect time to dust the cob webs off of it...and MAKE IT! 

The background fabric reminds me of the dust that flew when the horse planted his hind hoofs and slid to a stop. The silhouette is appliqued in my favorite raw edge technique.
 I used cowboy fabrics I have in my stash for the arrow borders and stars. 
Click the picture so you can check out the quilting a little bit better, there's plenty of it .

Look who sneaked into this photo session to smile big at YOU!  

Straight line, coiled ropes and looped rope quilting.

If you look to the left of the can see some of the rusty old trailer
that Shane hauled his horse Leo to the rodeos in.

This is Shane and Leo nowadays, still living together on the same ranch. Leo has been put out to pasture to spend his remaining days. "Back in his day", he was one heck of a good horse...
I remember standing behind the roping box watching them take off after Shane nodded and the calf was released, the muscle and power of the horse and the boy was just amazing. 
Oh cow patties again ! 
I better stop this right now, I'm tearing up remembering my son as a boy...
and don't even get me started on my daughter....
those days went by much too fast. 
Have you already checked out all the other goodies everyone made today ?
 There's just two more stops after MSIC...our 2 cheerleaders !
November 15th  
                    Thimblemouse and Spouse               
                                     More Stars in Comanche ...I'm glad you're here !
Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you next week in the Black Tie Boogie !
Have a great day and God bless you.