This is by far my favorite quilt so far. I finished it in January and Ralph and I claimed it immediately. It was my first attempt at HST's and I think it turned out nicely.
It is entirely from scraps. I didn't buy any new fabric for it. Alot of the plaids were scraps from the quilts that I made for the grandsons with their Paw Paw's shirts in them.
There is a neat texture to the quilt being from scraps, some fabrics softer than others, a little homespun and i love the textured blue polka dots in there. It reminds me of the quilts my mom made back in the 70's with polyester in them (NO! there is NO polyester in this one!!!)
It is 90X90 and fits our queen bed perfectly. We like a little extra on our queens since we have a dog that sleeps between us and she is always stealing the covers! The binding is a piece of red calico that i found in Ralph's mothers fabric stash. His mother passed away in the 80's so finding her stash and some unfinished quilts was quite a treat!
I machine quilted it on my home machine and it is by far my best quilting so far. I quilted with straight lines on either side of the diagonal seams.
The backing is is two vintage sheets.
It got its name because i hand stitched the binding one Sunday afternoon while Ralph and I were snuggled up in bed watching the whole 6 hours of Lonesome Dove, one of our favorite movies. Even he refers to the quilt as the "Lonesome Dove Quilt" because the name seems perfect for it!
I hope you enjoy my entry into the bloggers quilt festival - spring 2012. There are over 600 entries and LOTS of inspiration so I hope yall hop over and take a look at some great eye candy.