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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 Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 12, 2015 at 5:22am

Jodi - you are welcome.  I plan to use it again as well.  

Comment by Jodi Cramer on May 11, 2015 at 8:03pm

PQ, thanks for turning me onto the decatur knot. I love it and I am going to use it on the next quilt I am finishing. It will be perfect. Thank you again.

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 11, 2015 at 9:56am

Great quilt, PQ! She will love it. If you made her something all pink and hearts and flowers, it would be wrong. This is perfect.

Comment by Catherine/TX on May 11, 2015 at 7:08am

It turned out really nice!!!  Your niece will love it! 

Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 9, 2015 at 7:02pm

Turned out great! I'm sure it will be greatly enjoyed. Glad that slump is now in the past!

Comment by Barb/WI on May 9, 2015 at 7:29am

Tip-toeing or leaping, call it what you will.  The main thing is, once again, you've dazzled us with a great quilt.  Keep 'em coming.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on May 8, 2015 at 7:26pm

Love that "bull"!  Beautiful quilt for a lucky young lady.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 8, 2015 at 7:10pm

Barb - Tip-toeing out of the slump might be a more accurate term than leaping.  Notice I used LARGE quilt panels, a basic grid, and very simple elements to jump-start me out of the slump.  Even my flying geese were oversized.   :D

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 8, 2015 at 7:05pm

Thanks, everyone.  I appreciate your kind comments.  

Peggy -They were new to me, too, but I wanted something different than the regular tying method.  I didn't want thread tails to distract from the top.  Apparently this technique can be found in this book as well as on a couple of tutorials on the internet.  

Comment by Barb/WI on May 8, 2015 at 7:03pm

I'm willing to bet your niece is going to love this quilt!  I really like the colorful flying geese border.  It really works well with the center panels.  You sure know how to leap out of a slump!

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