Big Wilbur was a kit, and I hand-appliqued it to look just like their version, except that JoAnn had me add a 6-inch border of a large red floral fabric from the same line. I didn't take a finished picture of that one.
Little Wilbur was made from a set of half-yard pieces of the complete Purebred line of fabrics. She left it up to me to come up with a design, setting, size......EVERYTHING. She gave me the names of several quilt designs that she liked from the Craftsy site. I chose to adapt the design from a pattern called "Peachy Keen", resizing some of the proportions. I renamed my design "Don't Fence Me In", as I proceeded to piece 'corrals' around each of my horses.
Of course, Little Wilbur was the star of the quilt, so he was top center. Instead of a corral, he was surrounded by a wreath of roses, as though he had just won the Kentucky Derby (a fanciful notion for which I have absolutely no basis).
The rest of the 'corrals' contained ponies or a red-roofed stable that had been fussy-cut from the landscape fabric from the same line.
When the center was finished, I still needed a border to bring the quilt up to a good usable size. JoAnn had requested that I use the same red floral fabric, and make the border the same size as on the Big Wilbur quilt. So, rather than be redundant, I designed a 'rail fence' border to enclose the horses in their corrals. I only had enough of a light fabric remaining to make a single rail, but I think it is still effective.
Spring is trying it's best to sneak in early this year, with my Buttercups blooming hesitantly, and my Lilac bush leafing out. I fear that Winter is going to send her scampering back into hiding, biting off all the tree buds, but I surely love the little bursts of fresh color in the meantime !
Hubby goes in for his second 3-day session of this new chemo treatment this coming week. He is suffering with knee-pain in his left leg (which has always been his GOOD one) this weekend, and his feet keep swelling horribly. Thank you for your continued prayers for him and myself. Without God's presence, we couldn't go on.
I am so very thankful for JoAnn providing my 'escape' with these projects that she sends me. And you should just SEE the box of fabric that she sent my way this week just to clear out her OWN shelves ! God bless JoAnn Gilley !