In January I made a western themed quilt to auction off at a fundraiser for our rural museum that the community here has been working on for many years. See my last post, “Playing with Potholders” to view that quilt. The quilt was so popular that there was quite the bidding war, so the powers that be asked if I could make another one to auction off at their next fundraiser on March 11th. This time the fundraiser will be dinner and a dance and they are calling the event “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”. The request was to include a covered wagon in the design, so I set out to search for covered wagon fabric. It was nearly impossible to find. I was only able to find one piece of antique fabric, and it just wasn’t what I wanted. So I decided I would try an embroidered design as the centerpiece since I have an embroidery machine and digitizing software on my computer. Everything I tried came out too small. I guess I could have done applique, but I am too lazy to take that on. So I searched and searched, and I finally found the panel in the photo above at Ebay. I just love the old west look of the panel and the composition is simply charming. It came complete with the printed “border” of triangle squares and the wood look border. I don’t know the manufacturer since the selvedge only has the title “Point of View” on it.
I plan on adding some sort of additional pieced border at the top and bottom and then adding blocks that I will embroider with a covered wagon, a stagecoach, a ranch scene, a town scene that I purchased and perhaps some cattle and/or horses, then some additional borders.. I haven’t decided exactly what will look right yet, but I need to get a move on since March 11 is right around the corner.
This next photo is the fabric choices that I have to use in the rest of the quilt. You can see the covered wagon embroidery that I experimented with lying on top of the fabric I intended to use as the backdrop for the embroidery. I thought it had a nice prairie look to it. I might also design some additional detail to go into the embroidery design like mountains or something. Anyway, I was really excited to find the wagon wheel fabric right in front on our trip to town yesterday.
Time to get my creative juices flowing and get this quilt done.