Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's a month of kitchen stuff, ( pillow for your kitchen ) and look what Samantha has.....Saddle Up! with Samantha Walker

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
I grew up in San Jose, California...in the Almaden Valley.  One might not immediately think of San Jose as a country western town; but it was, when I was a kid. We were the last neighborhood before you hit the country roads out to Calero reservoir. Our neighborhood was surrounded by horse stables, pastures, a creek and grassy hills to wander and play in!  Every Wednesday, the horse shoer would go to the stables and shoe the horses. My sister and I, and other friends would wander there, and ask the shoer a myriad of questions...which often ended with us asking him for the old horse shoes.  Sometimes, we got lucky!
Saddle Up!  by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake blue color way
Over time, the horse stables were sold, and condos were put up on the property.  The hill across the creek behind our home with the lone oak tree, became a neighborhood.  Slowly, our neighborhood got swallowed up to be part of the suburbs instead of on the edge of the country.  However, the memories of that wonderful country playground will forever reside with me.

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 paper crafty side came before the sewing, and so paper piecing and appliqué are much alike.  I draw my pieces on paper, cut out patterns, then pin them to the fabric, and cut.  Then I arrange my designs on my panel as I go.  If I don't like a blank area...like with these flowers...I just add another element, like the simple circle flowers.  For the simple shapes, I just go straight to the fabric with scissors, and skip the paper pattern part.
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!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, you have beautiful fabric. and your work is just amazing. Love the little cowgirl dress. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. How cute - just had me with the peek a boo skit - and the bloomers, oh my! Very lovely story behind the fabric line, thank you for sharing with us today.

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  3. Love your pillow and all the cute details...TFS!
    ~Terry~

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  4. Just wonderful....Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  5. Sweet story, sweet project, sweet fabric! Yummy!

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  6. I absolutely adore this project and all the little details you add to everything you do!

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  7. very very beautiful. I like...

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  8. Just as cute as cute can be!!

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  9. Gorgeous. I love the peek-a-boo idea. Any chance of a tutorial. I would love to make a quilt using the idea, especially love the idea of the oven or windows and doors on a doll house quilt.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh my gosh! That is just adorable and the skirt is too cute. Love it.

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  11. Love the cowgirl and her skirt! I also love the idea of an oven door with a pie inside!
    You do amazing machine applique. Love the fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. SEW sweet - my GD would LOVE this - she wants to be a cowgirl!

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  13. I adore your cowboy fabric! Your applique pillow is so fabulous! Thanks you for sharing your story and your love of horses.

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  14. Love the peek a boo skirt. Very clever! I'll have to remember this for a future project. :D Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I grew up in the big city and now live in a country area where I can still see people riding horses down the road. There is a rodeo lasso "factory" down the road from my house. It does get in your blood, doesn't it? Love your fabric designs!

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  16. Yahoo! That is just so adorable. I really love it.

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  17. Love that little peek-a-boo skirt, how cute!

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  18. thanks for the many cute ideas on using your fabric collections

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  20. Love the fabric! That little cowgirl is adorable and those flowers are just too cute!

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  21. I like a little bit of country too...nice fabric

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  22. Adorable! Love the little cowgirl!

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