Judy W's ~ "Dream Horse"
My lifelong obsession with horses is hands down the most consistent subject I daydream about. I gravitate to horses like bees to pollen. I love everything equine, even the smell of their stables.
From my first initial pony ride as a child, to present day, horses have captured my hearts desire to be near them, touch them, smell them, feed them, ride them, read about them, and on occasion draw them. This is the first time I have specifically hand drawn a horse from memory and translated it into a quilt.
This pictorial portrayal is straightforward, nothing fancy or cutting edge here. The horse applique was cut from the shiny side of rust-dyed satin that I'd backed with Wonder Under fusible stabilizer. I used Fray Check to keep the edges from unraveling. The word HORSE is cut as one piece from fusible-backed brown cotton fabric. I positioned the horse between the letters to create a frame before ironing both to the blue background fabric. To avoid stitching the horse head edge, I spot glued it for reinforcement. Mane and face features were free-motion thread stitched.
A wood grained border fabric depicts a stall and rawhide lace was anchored with Fast Grab Aileen's Glue, to frame the piece. (Great glue for a no sew item).
As a child I often wished for a horse but my parents reply was usually, "if wishes were horses then beggars could ride", or simply stated, "dream on!" So for now the dream continues. I'm considering donating this piece to the Friends of Pets Quilt Auction this Fall.