My husband and I lived for a year in Washington, D.C. while he did his sabbatical at the Department of State. (That’s what they call it. Most of the rest of us just call it the State Department.) I investigated any fabric store within reasonable driving distance and one of the ones was Material Girls in La Plata Maryland, about 45 minutes drive from where we lived. Fast forward a year, and I went back for a visit to see my pal Rhonda, and of course, we had to hit some fabric stores. Didn’t have a lot of room in the luggage, so I was drawn to the collection of fat quarters they had, and selected as many of this line as I could find.
But what pattern? Luckily they had a whole rack of Schnibbles patterns, by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company, and Rhonda and I each chose a couple of them. I decided on this one, Decoy, then enlarged the blocks, cut them out, and had to piece the border because I was running out of fabric.
But what backing? Of course it had to be a Western theme. The cowboys were heavily represented on the front, so I went with the women on the back.
And I had lots of letter fabric, so I envisioned them all out on the plains, posting letters to each other as they herded the cattle wherever cowboys and cowgirls herd cattle.
We all know that the ladies are more frequent letter writers than the men. So I titled it, Cowgirls Write Letters. I made it extra tall for my own cowboy to use while he watches his spaghetti westerns on the television. Thanks, Carrie, for such a great pattern!