Okay, I feel like a total dunce for even posting this in the quilting forum after seeing the gorgeous stuff that you guys have made, but well, I guess it's where it belongs.
1) I have never quilted anything before.
2) I have never taken a sewing class.
3) I am bad at measuring and cutting straight lines, and have a tendency to wing things.
4) I got frustrated after making the inner squares part because nothing was lining up, and quit.
5) This project sat folded up on the bookshelf or hidden in my closet for the last 4 years.
6) One of my new year's resolutions was to finish unfinished projects.
Now that I have that all off of my chest, I shall continue. I started this project shortly after my youngest son was born. At least, I'm pretty sure it was after he was born, because I don't think I would have made such an overtly boyish quilt before our little surprise was born. Anyways, with 5 little ones in the house, there wasn't much time for crafting, especially the undivided attention kind of crafting that cutting out little bitty squares and sewing them evenly and making everything line up nicely kind of crafting. It's getting better as they're getting older.
The squares in the middle are from a Cowboy print, 2 small floral prints, a blue print with ropes and stars, a plaid print that reminded me of my Dad's favorite button-front shirts, and a square from a pair of my Dad's jeans. My Dad passed away in 2000.
The border on the front is a dark red bandana print, and then the back is a light green flannel with a cowboy print. Instead of batting for the inside, I used a flannel blanket that was mine when I was a baby. The finished size is 41" by 35". The top-stitching is a little bit wonky in places, but I had no clue how to do binding, so I just crossed my fingers and plugged away at it.
(It's not uneven like the photos show - it's just wrinkled up from being used to sleep with last night, and then the grass and leaves aren't helping it lay flat, LOL)
That picture was taken before I topstitched it and tied it together.
Here's a couple of links for more pix (and you can click on the pix to see them bigger):http://uglygrayhouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/22365.htmlhttp://uglygrayhouse.blogspot.com/2009/01/18365.html
My little guy loves it, so I guess that makes it all worth it. And, I got to check it off my List!!