|Saddle Up! by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Pink color way|
Some of you may know me for my multiple lines of cowboy/cowgirl fabrics for Riley Blake. This last month I just released my third Cowboy collection...this one is called Saddle Up! I thought I'd give you the story behind my obsession with this western theme.
|Saddle Up! by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Neutral color way|
|Saddle Up! by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake blue color way|
Interestingly enough, as an adult, I found a home one the edge of town, where country meets suburbs. I stare out my kitchen window and the horse pasture while I do dishes. I will enjoy it for as long as it's there, but I know the inevitable will happen someday. I hope my kids will look back fondly on memories or feeding corn ears and stalks to the horses when they are adults.
In the words of Marie Osmond..."I'm a little bit country!"
I thought instead of just talking about my fabric...I'd also share a little project with you too. Recently in the past few years, I discovered the fun of appliqué. I'm not one to needle and thread it with my fingers...I just don't enjoy the feeling of a needle pinched between my fingers and my thumb for extended periods of time...but I have really enjoyed doing some folksy appliqués scenes with machine stitching around raw edges.
This is a variation of an appliqué I designed for the All Dolled Up quilt that was raffled off at Spring Quilt market last year. I just extended my design to add a horse, and more flowers.
My favorite part about this appliqué is the peek-a-boo panties on my country girl. I got the idea from my Mother's quilt club, when a lady in her group designed a quilt block with an oven door that could open and reveal an apple pie inside. I was so impressed with that peek-a-boo concept, that I carried the memory of that quilt block with me from childhood, until I could use it now.
I didn't have interest in sewing until the last few years. I think my fears overshadowed my desire to learn. Funny thing though...designing fabric can very quickly plant the "I want to learn to sew" bug in you. Now I can't think of a better hobby!
The boots were fussy cut right out of my cowboy toss fabric. I just cut two around the edge, then machine appliquéd them on.
My country girl would have been lonely without her trusty horse. Her name is Star. The saddle with the star was fussy cut from a fabric in my Wanna be a Cowboy 2 collection.
While I do enjoy the cowboy theme for fabric, I also design other types of patterns as well. In addition to fabric, I also design paper, digital cutting dies, manual cutting dies, scrapbooking products, and home decor items. You can see more of my collections on my blog at www.samanthawalkerdesigns.net and www.rileyblakedesigns.com
Thanks for letting me share!