Cowboy Quilts for Twins

The NICU of our local hospital is not currently receiving donated baby quilts due to the COVID-19 epidemic. In fact, hospital staff is not encouraging people to visit patients at all. But when they open their doors again, these two quilts will be in the bundle delivered to the tiny babies who need extra medical attention.

In mid-March, I taught a “Giant Churn Dash” baby quilt workshop to members of my guild, the Tarheel Quilters. My friend Karlene gave me the FQ stack of cowboy themed fabric (an older Riley Blake line). I made one quilt in the workshop, sewing along with my students, and I made the other a week or so later. It is a quick and easy pattern; you will find a link to the instructions on the Patterns page of this blog. You guessed it – the quilt design utilizes 2 1/2″ strips, and I bet you have some in your stash just begging to be used.

Generally I match the quilting thread to the color of the background fabric, tan in this case. But this time I chose a high contrasting dark brown so the quilting design would show up well. Can you see the cowboy boots and hats? (The pantograph, “Stetsons and Boots” was designed by Dave Hudson of patternman.com.)

Have you made a baby quilt lately? What pattern/design did you use?

4 thoughts on “Cowboy Quilts for Twins

  1. Very nice, Aby. I have to get the 3 NICU quilts I have basted under the needle! A yellow brick road, your mystery from waaayyy back, and another made from strips of pinwheels I got on the free table at guild.

  2. My go-to (easy/quick) baby quilt is alternating 4 patch (finishing at 6″) and 6″ feature fabric. The 4 patch is in a neutral paired with a color that compliments the feature fabric. Blocks can be sized up or down and configured however to achieve desired size. The 6″ block size really showcases the feature fabric. I strip piece the 4 patch then subcut. My Stripology ruler makes short work of the cutting/subcutting for all pieces.

    But I have a special love for the LeMoyne Star (traditionally pieced), and I have used that and its kissing cousin, the Hunter’s Star in lovely quilts too. I use a 9.5″ finished block size which allows diamonds of 2.5″ to leverage precuts. I cut my insets slightly larger to trim down and not lose my points. I cut the QST’s from 5.5 square 2x or 2.75 strips using my triangle ruler. I cut the squares at 3 5/8.

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