Horse Panel Quilt

I loved this panel and I agree with all of you – how does one quilt a picture – type panel?  I gave straight line quilting on this panel a try – not too close together so that the stitching distorted the image.  I like the results!  Another Christmas gift in the books – I know a little girl who’s going to love this.

Here’s another view.

I finished this book and it was very good.  I always love true stores written in novel form – I’ve learned a lot about WWII.

The kittens returned from their surgery and shots.  Reed loves the black kitten, the only boy, and he named him Reed, after himself.  Isn’t that sweet?  

We moved houseplants today – the nights are getting very cool.

29 thoughts on “Horse Panel Quilt

  1. Janie

    Did you read Lilac Girls? Haven’t yet myself, but heard it’s very good. Based on true story. Horse panel is beautiful!

  2. Diane

    Mary, you are so right–of course:) That straight line quilting does not detract from the picture on the quilt at all. Thank you for showing it. I have a Santa for a friend that I haven’t put together because I wasn’t sure how to quilt it. You are the best:) PS I am heading back to Granville, OH to finish setting up for our quilt show. If you want, I’ll send a few pictures. We have some mammoth quilts and some really neat art ones and some that are just wonderful quilts:)

  3. Vickie Devore

    I might be able to manage that kind of quilting! Thanks for sharing the idea, vickie

  4. Donna Sproston

    Your straight line quilting has inspired me to get out of the “ditch” and explore more interesting options. Reed is a lucky boy to have you for his neighbor. My mother died when I was 8, and I was truly blessed to have a next door neighbor who always made sure I had places to go and things to see.

  5. Ann Barlament

    I think most little girls love horses, I know I did. In fact, I spent two weeks on a farm vacation in Manitoba when I was in high school. I was the only guest over 10 years old (about 1967-68). Fresh water came from the pump house, fresh milk from the cows, 12 loaves of bread was made every other day, you were assigned a horse and riding gear that you were responsible for, I would stop at the grain shed to make catching the horse easier…bribery works wonders, I was the only one tall enough and dumb enough to put bridles on horses for the other kids…the secret was placing my thumb on the back of the horse’s tongue and they’d open their mouths to get the bit in it’s mouth (I was braver or dumber when I was younger)! It was fun being on a farm vacation, but truly was an archaic way to live…no indoor plumbing whatsoever…but what an adventure!!

    1. Kathy

      Yes don’t most young girls love horses! When I worked as a 4-H program assistant and girls were asked what were their interests to pair them with the right group leader, they always wanted to be in a horse group but didn’t even own a horse! So I would tell the parents, let them spend one week at 4-H horse camp and see how it is to get up every morning early and take care totally of a horse for the entire week and then decide if that’s what their hope is to learn. Wasnt long before many wanted the sewing , gardening, cooking and woodworking groups instead!!! I use to admire immensely the dedicated horse families.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Ann – love your story of the farm vacation and yes, that’s the way I was taught to get a bit in the mouth! I grew up with horses – mostly quarter horses and we went to the horse sale every Saturday night where we ran around the barn with our friends.

      1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

        That’s how I was taught to get the bit in, too! I also grew up with horses, and was lucky enough to have one of my own: I used to get up at 6 am every day to care for her before I went to school, and rode and cared for her every evening after school before other chores and homework. In the weekends I did longer rides or barrel racing, if there was an event nearby. Love the panel, needless to say,

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Fiona – wow! You rode barrel racing – I am impressed! You must have had a great horse!

  6. Jean

    I found the same panel at Hobby Lobby in Ames. They were out of the matching fabric for the backing. What fabric did you use for the backing?

  7. Kathy

    Your panel is very nice! Many more companies are coming out with sweet panels such as this one . I have started a small notebook binder of panel ideas as I found a book that has some ways to use them so that started collecting ideas I have found. Many ways to use them I am learning. You inspire me to think gifts now! Thanks for sharing your way you quilted it and now I will remember that when I find a large panel such as this.

  8. Kathy Hanson

    What a lucky little girl!! Great idea the straight line quilting. It looks wonderful.
    What a sweetie Reed is – so much fun that he named the kitten after himself – so wonderful to have a relationship with such a neat young friend!

  9. Patsy

    Try also, The Storyteller, Lilac Girls, All the Light We Cannot See, Sarah’s Key, or maybe you’ve already done so. Good books, different perspectives.

  10. Martha Engstler

    Hope you will be able to keep Reed, the kitten, so Reed the dear young man will be able to visit “his” kitten. Here in Penna the nights are cold but days are perfect. Never know how to dress. I think the hummingbirds are gone, love to watch them. The Prairie Mallow flowers are still looking great.

  11. Sue

    I love panels and yours is a beauty. The last one I bought, though, (on line) was so crooked I couldn’t use it. I like the straight line quilting through it.
    I need to go book shopping. I pick them up at garage and yard sales and at a used book store. They buy back your old one for 1/2 the last price. Unless they have too many of the one you are turning in. Then, you get to keep it and try again another day. I want to see if they have some of the ones you have shared with us here on your blog.
    All summer I have been working on a mystery quilt. A rather big one. I finished the blocks and am now putting it on the design wall. Really something to see months of your work go up there. Wish I had a long arm but will have to take it to one instead.
    Nights are getting colder here too. I think its the full moon because it is so clear. The days have been wonderful lately.

  12. Sandy Kolarik

    I love the straight line quilting, I always wondered how to quilt panels, now you have taught me. I still wonder where all your energy comes from.

  13. Betty Klosterman

    The horse panel looks great. Did you use white or a neutral thread? Are the quilting lines about 1 1/2″ apart? It looks like the space varies a bit. Something I could do on my sewing machine.

  14. Brenda archambault

    Aha. So Reed did have surgery! I just knew it. Does that mean that Reed the kitten will go to live with Reed the adorable boy? I had a kitten/cat named Heathcliff 70 plus years ago. No such thing as neutering way back then but we did learn about the birds and bees.
    Your horse quilt looks wonderful and I’m sure that certain little girl will adore it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Reed’s family has some allergies so sadly, no, Reed the black kitten can’t go home with him.

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