Thursday, November 14, 2013

For the "COW"BOYS

Oh...COW PATTIES ! 
Is it really the last day ?
 Thank you  Madame Samm for coming up with your awesome plan to have a hop 
"For the boys" !
BRAVO MADAME SAMM  ! 
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 quilt...you 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.

56 comments:

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Awesome Awesome Quilt!!!! Beautiful work...oh my gosh! Loved the background info...cute son...but I'm in love with LEO! Makes me remember our two (and only ever) palomino mares...gone some years now but both enjoyed their days 'out to pasture'...my girl was in her early 40's when she departed...the Spouses gal was late 30's...she was supposed to be a barrel racer...but she would only 'move for food'...LOL! Thanks for your story, your great quilt and pics....and memories awakened here too. :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This is just fantabulous! What a great memory quilt. The fabrics in the border are perfect. Love the story and the quilt.

Amy said...

It is just beautiful work! What a great quilt to be tied to memories. Your fabric choices are just perfect and I love your pictures. Especially by the saddle! ;). Looking forward to boogieing with you! I hope I don't step on your toes.

Judy B said...

What a great memorial quilt for your son and Leo! Bugalosa Princess was my first horse, a retired sulky trotter. Even though she wouldn't run, and I was 6, I thought I was flying. Thank you for sharing your special memories.

charlotte said...

A great quilt! The fabric is perfect and your quilting looks great! I know it is appreciated! Good job!

withajoyfulheart said...

Totally awesome quilt and post...I have no words to say...just beautiful! And here`s a cyber hug for your misty moment memories xox

KaHolly said...

I see the best was saved for last!! Absolutely beautiful!!

Britt-Inger said...

As always an outstanding quilt and I love your story. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilt and the story behind it.
Big hugs from Sweden to you

Jeanie said...

Such a wonderful tribute quilt to both Shane and Leo! I love all of the fabric choices and the great quilting.....beautiful job!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ok...I want one of those quilts now!! I love your opening line...lol almost as much as that gorgeous quilt!

Debby said...

Oh, Vickie. I have tears in my eyes, too! What an awesome young man and his horse. You have precious memories (without the dust btw) and wonderful pics. That quilt. I want to show my husband but I don't dare because cowboy- man is gonna WANT it. Say "hi" to Titus. Love those cows, too!

Mdm Samm said...

yes you can say that again…COW PATTIES>..this is stunning….totally hit if out of the park, or roped that cow….
you know what I mean…reallyyyy this is wonderful and the story to match…love the stories behind our quilts…really nice….

Debby said...

Guess what? I just went and bought that pattern for Mr. Wannabe Cowboy Man. Now I'm in trouble. Thanks for putting that link in there (I think)

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wow gorgeous quilt! I love the border.

JanesQuilting said...

That are perfect...reminds me of the song "Are you up for s Rodeo". We sure love our cowboys. :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wow! A wonderful quilt (and son too!)....and what fun memories you shared with us. I think this is my favorite on this hop. :) blessings, marlene

Bobbie said...

Yippee-ki-yi-yay, and whoa dogies! What a great quilt! :-) thanks for sharing your memories!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

FABULOUS!

Connie said...

What a beautiful, beautiful quilt and perfect for your son!

Margaret said...

Your quilt is great Love that border you put on it. Thanks for sharing

ga447 said...

Yes, our children are growing up so fast, and we are so proud. The quilt is amazing - I would give it a "Best in Show" ribbon.

Carla said...

Vickie, this is a fantastic quilt and I know a lot of boys that would love it. It would look great in my western bedroom... You've inspired me to get busy and finish my "Dodge City" quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Just Quilt It said...

Wow! What a striking quilt! Beautiful job! It deserves to be at the top!

Joanne said...

This is wonderful and your fabric choices were perfect! I have never seen this particular pattern but know a few cow hands that would love it. Thanks for providing the pattern information. I think I have a call to make and I have to go get my credit card ready. I sure hope I can stay calm and buy just the pattern. Thanks for sharing your cool creation with us today.

Leanne Parsons said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The story behind it is nice too...it's always great to have a quilt with so much personal meaning.

krislovesfabric said...

This is a fun quilt, the stitching looks gorgeous!

Carol said...

Your photos are just beautiful of that gorgeous quilt! The quilting is really perfect for it. I love the sweet story of your son...thanks for sharing.

Sandy Rowe said...

Fantastic quilt, love the border! Thanks for the pattern info, I know someone else who would love this quilt!

Linda said...

Vickie, your quilt is just beautiful! What a great tribute to those memories!!!
Shane is a handsome young man and I know you must be very proud of him. It feels like sort of a miracle, doesn't it, that those little boys we raised grew up to be strong young men! I know I feel that way about mine!

JoyceLM said...

Your quilt is lovely - thanks for sharing it's wonderful story.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a stunning quilt. I remember watching the roping at the rodeo in San Angelo, back when we lived there. I wonder if I ever saw your son rope? (we moved in 1995) Small world. Great quilt.

patchouli moon studio said...

Vickie your quilt and story to go with it are just wonderful! June Jaeger is the sister of Jean Wells who owns the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. June and Jean are both wonderful quilters and designers. I bought a pattern that June designed several years ago that is applique and there are so many pieces and it's so large, that I just haven't been able to spread it out to make it. It's on my to make list for next year so I hope I get it made! I haven't even looked at Madame Samm's top creators today but I can bet that you are on it and if you aren't well you should be!!!!

Linda J said...

I swear your dog IS smiling. So is the blogging public as your quilt is wonderful. Wonderful story behind it too. I can tell how very proud you are of your boy, and his faithful horse Leo.

fenna said...

love that quilt!!! you did an amazing job on it!

MooseStashQuilting said...

Oh it's so wonderful when those quilts we create can bring back memories! That's what it's all about. What a treasure you have made to keep them safe and sound!

Rose Best said...

Beautiful..Thanks for sharing

madebymeinred said...

Wow! And wow again. What a wonderful quilt. Gosh you are not only creative but talented too. The photos are amazing and really set me in the mood for viewing your quilt.

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Vickie. I so loved the pictures and the story of your son --a very handsome one at that. Your quilt is really awesome. You did a fabulous job. I know that it will always have special memories for your son of his rodeo days. Thank you for sharing.

Pat Broe said...

Great quilt, great pictures, great story ... 'nuff said! :-) Pat

Susan said...

Amazing quilt and I love the story of your son and his horse. I love horses and I think you did a wonderful job.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Vicki, You are so brilliant!! I love everything about this quilt!! and I loved reading about Shane and Leo!!

Sallie said...

Great quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Baa. xxx said...

What a fantastic quilt - it's story, the fact the picture looks so like the quilt, the quilting - Everything. We love it.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Wow this is art!
Absoutely beautiful, congratulations Vickie.
Bente

Lorna McMahon said...

Great job, Vickie! That silhouette is simply amazing! And the quilting is gorgeous! I am curious... What is your favorite raw edge applique method? I do a bit of applique, too and would love to know more about your method! Thanks for sharing this incredible quilt!

CeLynn said...

Thanks so much for sharing your sons story. The quilt/wall hanging is just amazing,pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

gpc said...

What a great quilt! Love the silhouette look! :)

evelyn said...

That quilt is worthy of a ribbon itself! Thanks for sharing the story behind it.

Tamara Hampton said...

Love it, well done and beautiful! There are many men in my life who would love this one!!

Nancy C. said...

Love it, Vickie girl!!! Another fabulous job!! They just get better and better!

Karen said...

Spectacular quilt! I am so glad you made it and showed it to us here. I love the colors you used -- fantastic job!

LJ said...

Fabulous quilt and absolutely my favorite projects from the beginning!! Loved hearing about the boy and the horse. Way toooo fast...seems almost like yesterday. Thanks for a great post and a great quilt.

Heidi said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And great pics!
Your post tugged my heartstrings - blubbering moms we are ;-)

Pam @Threading My Way said...

A STUNNING quilt with the black silhouette!!! Love it!!!

Quilt n Queen said...

OMG Vickie!!! awesome, awesome, awesome....story, quilt, pictures....GREAT post...thanks for sharing it with us!!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

So I am just poking along reading blog posts when I slow down for a bit. Great quilt and love the fabrics you used. Great memories! Thanks for sharing.