The American West is an infinite supply of inspiration for artwork of all types, with its wide-open pastures, rolling tumbleweeds, shimmering warmth mirages, silhouettes of cowboys on horses, and starkly dramatic landscapes beneath a vibrant blue sky. For visible artists like quilters, particularly, the shapes, colours, and normal vibe of the Southwest supply a wealthy, multilayered aesthetic from which to attract upon for his or her designs. Western quilts that includes daring shapes in earth tones, from mild peach and mustard to deep crimson and ochre, are punctuated by dazzling bursts of turquoise and bone white; they seize the heat of the desert and retailer it till wanted. Under, I’ve corralled various favourite western quilts designs that embody the spirit of the American West; let’s mosey alongside and take a gander! I attempted to slender it right down to my high 5 favorites, however there are too many cool designs so it’s my high 5+.
Southwest Gems by Mimi Hollenbaugh and Pat Syta is a comparatively current addition to our quilt sample library and it’s simply so lovely. Three completely different patchwork blocks come collectively to make a dramatic, elegant composition that’s additional enhanced by large, darkish borders. It’s a extra complicated design which incorporates a variety of enjoyable patchwork methods to grasp and when you’re performed you’ll treasure this valuable jewel of a quilt!
Subsequent up is Cactus Blooms by Emily Bailey, a classy, sun-drenched design filled with summer season colour. These blocks are so vibrant and vigorous, identical to a uncommon blossom on a desert cactus. The perfect half about one-block quilt patterns is making every block as completely different as attainable, regardless of the patchwork being the identical all through. You possibly can emphasize completely different parts in every block utilizing colour, worth, or print, and if you deliver all of them collectively your quilt will glow.
The country attraction of Grandma’s Farm by Barb Eikmeier is expressed via her intelligent strip-pieced blocks and attractive colour palette. Strip piecing is one in all my favourite methods—I like how I could make all types of dynamic blocks designs so shortly and this sample isn’t any exception. I can not get sufficient of that heat, lush colour mixture both; the reds and heat browns actually set off the pop of electrical blue and it simply attracts me in.
Talking of efficient colour palettes, try Southwest Sundown by Denise Russart. I like the block mixture and particularly these borders! In fact, I’m all the time encouraging quilters to strive completely completely different colour and print combos than what’s proven, however then again, if the featured quilt is already so fairly, go forward and follow what works! You possibly can all the time strive one other model later should you just like the sample.
Up to now, we’ve checked out some quilts with a Southwest angle, now let’s get a bit extra literal! Each Southwestern adventurer wants a horse as a companion, and possibly an identical horse quilt and pillow set, too, to maintain cozy and cozy throughout their nights spent below the celebrities. Maintain Your Horses by Caitlin Bevevino is a brilliant cute, enjoyable twist on a cowboy theme, although the enchantment of this set is just about common.
So, we’ve received our horses, will we now want a cowboy hat and a few boots? Most likely! Liz Porter has us lined together with her awesomely lovely quilt Wanna be a Cowboy. There are hats, boots, stars, and even some evocative saguaro cacti on this distinctive quilt that’s fast and enjoyable to stitch. It will be straightforward to make this one a bit greater should you wished extra of a throw than a show quilt.
Let’s go a bit additional and simply sew ourselves a whole ranch! A home for the household, a barn with a grain silo for the animals, and all of the animals themselves, all contained inside a tidy white picket fence (I can not discover phrases to specific how a lot I like that fence border—what an incredible thought!). Farm Yard by Theresa Eisinger is a extremely distinctive design. The scrappy background materials! The light grazing animals! The rosebushes! And have I discussed the picket fence border?! I’m not solely prepared to stitch this sample, I’m prepared to maneuver in and reside at Farm Yard eternally.
However earlier than I am going begin packing for my massive transfer, I’ve yet one more wonderful sample to share. Should you’re nonetheless studying, fortunate you, as a result of this final sample is accessible for FREE! Painted Desert, designed by Sherri Bain Driver, is a very attractive quilt made with lush, colourful stripes and florals by Kaffe Fassett. In fact, you should use any materials you want however I’d advocate utilizing stripes of 1 type or one other to recreate that mesmerizing impact.
It appears like we would have a variety of undertaking planning and stitching to do, so giddyup! Should you want somewhat quilting break you may come go to me for some time at Farm Yard, the place seldom is heard a discouraging phrase, and the skies are usually not cloudy all day.
Pleased western Quilting!