Brian and Jenni’s Mustang Quilt

IMG_0989Horses really are beautiful animals their substantial size can be intimidating, although when those big dark eyes, jolly jaunt, and mesmerizing mane come trotting toward you it’s hard not to be beckoned to say hello.  One evening while I was on a run in Park City these two beauties came up to me.  I thought I was a horse whisperer for a minute (uh huh), but I quickly realized these lovies just wanted to socialize!  These two let me pet them and say hello, I was giddy with excitement since I haven’t had the privilege of having much contact with horses.IMG_0549

 

 

A few years back I used this Cotton and Steel mustang print for the back of a quilt.  Luckily I had plenty left over and thought how great it would be to make a scrap quilt for an old friend of my husbands who loves horses!  Jenni is her name, and she competed in equestrian competitions throughout her junior high and high school years, leaving her with a lifelong love of horses.

 

 

 

Jenni’s fondness of horses was my initial inspiration for this scrap quilt, which is made up of blue, purple, green, mustard yellow, and pink scraps that are sprinkled throughout the quilt.  Looking at this quilt from a distance I love how the colors seem to dance against the snow white backdrop.IMG_1006

The great thing about this quilt, it was almost entirely made with scraps.  The dark blue binding was left over from another quilt.  And the back of the quilt is bathed in a dark blue (ow so soft!) chambray that I initially bought for another project but I wasn’t able to use.  I did purchase two 5” charm packs that make up the white portion of the quilt.  Construction of this quilt was quite easy and came together quickly since it’s only half square triangles paired with one plain white 5” square.  Initially I started with a 6” half square triangle (the pattern portion) and cut that down to 5” pairing perfectly with my white 5” solid.   Everything fit together perfectly!  Quick and easy!

 

 

Looking a little closer, you’ll notice the green and blue horse against the mustard yellow backdrop that initially inspired this quilt.

Jenni’s mustang peeking through!

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I love the dusty pink color that compliments so well with the mustard yellow, it almost reminds me of one of our western sunsets.

So there you go, a quilt inspired by horses!  A couple things I love about this quilt.   One it was super easy to construct, a gentle reminder that even incredibly simple patterns can be beautiful.  Second, I’m in love with the colors, the dusty pink, mustard yellow, and green pair so nicely with the dark blues and purples.

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Thank you for reading and letting me share what starts as inspiration and becomes reality.  Looking a little closer at inspiration what inspires you to create?  Is it a color, or a combination of colors, maybe a rug, a painting, or even a beautiful image?  In this case for me it was an animal, well really another’s deep love of an animal that started the wheels turning in my head.  The next time inspiration hits write it down, make a quick note in your phone, or take a quick picture so you won’t forget!

 

 

Heather

 

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