I saw saragold's cowboy quilt here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358783.0
and was in love, and was looking for an excuse to make something like it.
My brother gave me another beautiful nephew January 2011, so I was thrilled to have a reason to make something like saragold's quilt. Both my brother and his wife are volunteer firefighters, so I went with a firefighter bear for the character, and backed it with rescue vehicle fabric (sadly no photos of the back).
This was my first experience with applique and I learned a ton. My brother loved it and tells me it's used everyday.