Friday, December 4, 2009

My Sougan

Time for another quilt.
We've been sleeping under this one all fall. I made it and it's a rarity for me because:
1. it is made out of all purchased quilt store fabrics.
2. it mostly follows a pattern with no improvisation.

I made it as a sample for a Sunflower Pattern Cooperative book, Calico Cowboys. We wanted to show another colorway, the quilt in the book is darker, with off-white stars. My brick fabrics are all flannels, as are the stars. The stars are appropriate: sougans are tied comforters used by cowboys camping on the range.

It measures 72" x 80", a nice fit for our queen-size bed. It was fun to make because it went together quickly. Lori Kukuk went wild with the quilting, it is gorgeous.

I appliqued my initials and the year onto the top before it was quilted, I wish I thought to do that on my quilts more often.

I'm reading the best book about cowboys and more now. It's Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls' new book. I'm having a hard time putting it down. Click on the book name above and you can see a video of Walls talking about the book!


  1. I really like the way you have appliqued your initials and date on the quilt...think I might copy that idea! It looks so neat and part of the quilt.

  2. This is one of the most beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing the quilt and giving us information (and link) to Jeanette Wall's novel. I loved the video and watched the old one about "Glass Castles," too. Karmen

  3. I'm in the middle of reading Half Broke Horses too, it IS hard to put it down!I cannot imaging the spunk it took to live like that, I just wouldn' have lasted!

  4. Do use that initial/date idea, you won't forget when you made your quilt. Isn't Jeannette Walls remarkable? I'm not sure I would have survived her childhood either, she clearly got some of her grandma's strength.