My neighbor recently celebrated a milestone birthday (I care for her too much to share which one) and I wanted to make her something special for that day. I know she enjoys her cows, which she calls “Rich’s Cows” after her husband who always had them. For inspiration I took pictures of them grazing one evening. I love the way the sun plays off their coats and thought it might be fun to try to reproduce that in fabric.
The shot I chose for the quilt was a head-on view of a cow my neighbor later identified as “Lady”. I used several layers of different colored thread to give the effect of sunlight on Lady’s flanks. For her face, I found it necessary to utilize several different shades of white thread to give it depth. She loved it – and was particularly pleased that she could identify which cow I quilted (so was I!)