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The graduation quilt "Ain't No Bull" (taken from the Troy Co. fabric line name) is finished!  It is a twin size (63 x 84), original design using a 3" grid, tied with a Decatur Knot technique in perle cotton thread, and backed in flannel.  Besides the outside gold border, the red, and the 4 bull rider quilt panels, all the rest of the fabrics came from my stash.  In fact, I must have really loved the fabric with the brands in it, because I've used it in several western quilts and still have quite a bit of it left!  I used 2 layers of a handquilting Hobb's poly batt - just because I had it on hand - to give it a little bit of a loft, since it was going to be tied and not quilted.

 The back looks like arena dirt to me.  :)

A closeup of the Decatur knots:

It turned out a little more biscuit-quilt-like than what I envisioned, but it will be fine.  I'm sure the mistake was mine - in that I probably stretched the back a little too much on the frame and when it released and relaxed, it caused the top to "poof."   It has been just what I needed to get me out of the quilting slump.  Deadlines are good!  :)  This one was finished with a week to spare.  

This is for my niece.  I know - it is more of a masculine quilt, but this is her interest.  She's dating a bull rider and is as country as they come.  It also has a little bit of Native American elements to it, which is in her heritage as well.  I hope she'll love it, but time will tell. 

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 8, 2015 at 6:47pm
I didnt know about Decatur knots.
Comment by Jodi Cramer on May 8, 2015 at 6:10pm

I love it!! And if she doesn't, take it back and let us know. We'll fight over it. 

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on May 8, 2015 at 3:27pm

Love it.  And I'm sure your niece will love it too.  What a great gift.

Comment by LKC on May 8, 2015 at 1:23pm

Love all the bright colors of the flying geese, brings out the bull riders. The quilting looks neat too. glad you were able to get it done on time.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on May 8, 2015 at 7:48am

For a gal that loves doing all the country things, this quilt is just perfect for her. Also, it'll keep her warm on those cold winter nights. Love your Decatur knots and the puffiness looks great. Great Job!!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 8, 2015 at 5:33am

Joan, when I ordered the wide flannel backing, it looked much darker on my computer screen and the name was "chocolate" (how could I go wrong there?) and I envisioned something closer to the dark brown on the front of the quilt.  When it arrived much lighter (should have been called "milk chocolate") I wasn't sure I liked it, but then decided it was perfect as arena dirt.  Yes, I can justify pretty much anything...  Creativity comes in all forms, right?  

Comment by Pam/NY on May 8, 2015 at 4:56am

I love this quilt...I agree the extra loft is needed when tying it. The Decatur knot was a good choice. She will love this! It is all about her...how many times have you received a gift that you know... there wasn't any thought behind it!!!!

Great job!!!

Comment by Janet/MO on May 7, 2015 at 10:37pm

That turned out great.  Your niece is going to love it.

Comment by Joan on May 7, 2015 at 7:52pm

Wow, P.Q.!  Your quilting prowess is exceeded only by your humor.  Arena dirt backing to be specific.   Seriously though, I think the Decatur knots look great with the rodeo theme.  Very nice quilt!

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