QAL – Cowboy Boot Block

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Yee Haw! I’ve been having such fun celebrating MBS’ 7th birthday, have you? When I thought about how to commemorate this site’s 7th year, I thought about how fun and welcoming this site is for quilters and what a BIG Texas heart Moda has for fabric and quilters. I also thought about the contact I’ve had with ‘Moda Lissa’ and other representatives of Moda – they all just exude southern warmth, hospitality and charm! So, I thought a “Howdy Ya’ll” welcome banner would be perfect, and besides, I was wanting to make something quilty to hang on my fence to welcome family and friends to the farm;

Today, I’m going to share how to make my Cowboy Boot block. So let’s get our Boot Scootin’ Quiltin’ Boogie on!

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Bread 'n Butter Jelly Roll

I’m using a jelly roll of American Jane’s Bread ‘n Butter (because I just love its country girl charm) and one of American Jane’s Basics called Lorraine in Ivory (because I love pin dots!).

For one cowboy boot, cut:

Fabric 1 – Boot Top

(A)  2 – 1 ½” x 2 ¼” rectangles
(B)  2 – 1 ½” squares

Fabric 2 – Tab

(C)  1 – 1” x 1 ½” rectangle

Fabric 3 – Pinwheel Background

(D)  4 – 1 ½” squares

Fabric 4 – Pinwheel

(E)  4 – 1 ½” squares

Fabric 5 – Boot Leg

(F)  1 – 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle
(G)  2 – 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles
(H)  1 – 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle
(I)  1 – 1 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle

Fabric 6 – Foot

(J)  2 – 1 ½” squares
(K)  1 – 1 ½” x 7 ½” rectangle
(L)  1 – 1” x 3 ½” rectangle
(M)  2 – 1” squares

Fabric 7 – Heel & Sole

(N)  1 – 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle
(O)  2 – 1 ½” squares
(P)  1 – 1” x 3 ½” rectangle

Fabric 8 – Background

(Q)  2 – 1 ½” squares
(R)  1 – 3 ½” x 8 ½” rectangle
(S)  2 – 1 ½” squares
(T)  1 – 1 ½” x 10 ½” rectangle

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Note: Instructions are for a right facing boot. Items in (parenthesis) are for a left facing boot. All seams are ¼” unless otherwise indicated.

Boot Top:

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the Fabric Q background squares. Layer one Fabric Q square on the left and one on the right of the Fabric A rectangles as shown below. Sew on the line. Trim and press seams open.

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Sew the Fabric A rectangles to either side of the Fabric C rectangle. Press to Fabric C.

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Pinwheel:

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the Fabric D squares. Layer a Fabric D square to a Fabric E square. Sew on the line. Trim and press to the Fabric E square. Repeat for the remaining 3 Fabric D and Fabric E squares.

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Sew two half-square triangles (HST) together. Repeat for the other two HST. Press seams open.

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Sew the two HST sets together to form a pinwheel. Press seam open.

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Boot Leg:

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the Fabric B squares. Layer the Fabric B squares on the left and right top corners of the Fabric F rectangle. Sew on the lines. Trim and press seams open.

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Sew the boot top to the Fabric F rectangle. Press to the Fabric F rectangle.

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Sew a Fabric G rectangle to the right and left side of the pinwheel. Press seams to Fabric G.

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Sew the pinwheel section to the boot top section. Press to the boot top. Sew the Fabric H rectangle to the bottom of the boot leg unit. Press to the Fabric H rectangle.

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a Fabric J square. Layer the Fabric J square on the lower right (left) corner of the Fabric I rectangle. Trim and press to the Fabric I rectangle.

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Sew the Fabric I unit to the bottom of the boot leg unit. Press to Fabric H.

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Background – Right (Left):

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of a Fabric J square. Layer the Fabric J square on the lower left (right) corner of the Fabric R rectangle. Sew on the line. Trim and press to Fabric J.

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Sew the Fabric R unit to the right (left) side of the boot leg unit.

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Boot Foot, Heel & Sole:

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the Fabric S squares. Layer a Fabric S square on a Fabric O square. Sew on the line. Trim and press to Fabric O. Make two.

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Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the Fabric M squares. Layer on the Fabric O corner of the HST. Sew on the line. Trim and press to Fabric M. Make two.

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Sew the Fabric P rectangle to the Fabric L rectangle along the long side. Press to Fabric P.

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Sew the HST units to the right and left side of the Fabric L/P rectangle. Press to the rectangle.

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Sew the Fabric N rectangle to the left (right) side of the sole unit. Press to Fabric N.

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Sew the heel/sole unit to the Fabric K rectangle. Press to Fabric K.

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Sew the foot unit to the leg unit. Press to the foot unit.

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Background – Left (Right):

Sew the Fabric T rectangle to the left (right) side of the boot.

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We’re done! Let’s kick up our heels! I had so much fun designing and making this block. I hope you enjoy it too!

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This block measures 8½” x 10½” (8″ x 10″ finished).

If you’d like to join in the MBS Birthday QAL fun, you can pick up a “Spell It With Fabric” pattern book at your local quilt shop or visit Moda Fabrics “Spell It With Fabric” Pinterest Page for the letter block patterns.

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To make my “Howdy Y’all” quilt, you will make the letters but do not sew on the borders indicated in the pattern. Make 26 – 3 1/2″ pinwheels. I used 2 1/2″ squares, drawing a diagonal line from corner to corner on the background square, layering on top of a 2 1/2″ print square, then sewing 1/4″ on either side of the line and cutting apart to create my half square triangles. Then I sewed the HSTs together to make a pinwheel, trimming them to 3 1/2″. To make the comma, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on a 1 1/2″ background square, layer on one end of a 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ print rectangle, sew on line, trim and press. Use the following diagram and cutting chart to complete the quilt.

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Cutting Chart for Background Fabric:

1 – 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle (Under Comma)
2 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles (Right & Left of Comma)
1 – 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle (Left of Letter H)
1 – 4 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle (Right of Letter Y)
8 – 1 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles (Sashings between Letters, Boots)
24 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles (Sashings between Pinwheels)
3 – 2 1/2″ x 51 1/2″ strips (Horizontal Sashings between Rows of Pinwheels & Letters)
2 – 2 1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strips (Side Borders – sew first)
2 – 2 1/2″ x 55 1/2 strips (Top & Bottom Borders – sew last)Finished Quilt: 55″ x 36″

I’ve been making other Spell It With Fabric projects for Moda Bake Shop’s Birthday QAL– including a Monogram Pillow Tutorial – and I’m sharing them on my blog, Thistle Thicket Studio. You can also follow my progress on Instagram, Ello, and Facebook @thistlethicketstudio & Twitter @StudioThicket. If you make a project using my Cowboy Boot block or make my “Howdy Y’all” quilt, I would love to hear about it!

Sharla Krenzel
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17 comments on “QAL – Cowboy Boot Block

  1. Laura Hershey says:

    Adorable Sharla! Hope ya’ll were safe through the tornados!

  2. Karen says:

    Love this!

  3. Lisa Calle says:

    I really love this mini and the cowboy boot block. So cute. Then the American Jane Bread n Butter fabric?! Cutest combination ever. Thanks, Sharla

  4. Sandra D in Joliet says:

    So adorable. I wasn’t quilting when the Spell It QAL was going on. Now I’ve tried to get all the alphabets but the one for B has their website under construction and the one for U gives me something other than the letter. Kind of a bummer. I love pinwheels and boots. The fabric is so wonderful too.

  5. Peggy says:

    Get all letters for Moda Spell It

    modafabrics.com/A_spellitwithfabric.pdf

    Swap A for other letters. Maybe this wil. Help Sandra D

    Worked for me. I’m downloading into iBooks a few at a time.

  6. Sandra says:

    I love this! If someone makes one to sell, please let me know. I would like to buy it. My email is draggint2@yahoo.com

  7. Jilleen Marchant says:

    After my Cowboy Dad passed away I saved his western shirts and have been wanting to make a cowboy boot quilt using some of the fabric from them with other fabric included. Your boot pattern is the best I have found. Have you made any other cowboy or western quilts you could share a picture of with me? We have built a cabin decorated western style and I am ready to make several quilts to put in the cabin that is decorated cowboy style. Thank you, jilleen.marchant@gmail.com

    • Jilleen, I really haven’t made any other western-themed quilts. But making an entire quilt using my cowboy boot pattern using your dad’s western shirts would be awesome! What a wonderful tribune to and remembrance of your dad.

  8. Allison says:

    I love this so much Sharla! It’s adorable!

  9. Puppilalla says:

    Wonderfull, congratulations Sharla

  10. Love this cute banner. Thanks for the tutorial. I’m gonna save it for when I have time to make it later.

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