This mustang print from Melody miller’s Mustang line is a definite favorite, and I immediately wanted to see it in a quilt. I’ve had this antique quilt pinned for a while and thought it might be a fun way to show off those mustangs.


Not being much of a planner, I found I didn’t have the right solids on hand, except for a couple double gauze solids. I decided to go with that medium blue, but quickly found that not only did I not have enough, I couldn’t even find it available online at that time. No problem – I figured I’d add in the gold as well, but of course I didn’t have enough of that one either. In the end I had to pull out four different solid double gauze solids to come up with enough background fabric. It did change my design, but I think it was for the best!

I probably would have just randomly placed the squares, but once my background become color blocked, I thought it would be fun to group my four main prints. I kept a few of the squares ‘blank’ (used the background fabric rather than a print), and cut all the triangles for my flying geese by hand for more of an improv look.


When it came time to quilt it I first considered some wavy horizontal quilting. I quilted a few lines and then spent time ripping them all out when I found it wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Instead I went with some narrow straight line quilting on the diagonal. As luck would have it, I found a beautiful variegated thread by Sulky that changed from gold to grey to yellowy-brown and works so perfectly with the four background solids.


(a little crosshatch quilting in a couple spots for fun!)


And the backing – mustangs, of course, along with the perfectly corresponding RJR aqua solid (toy boat) for the binding!

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

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42 Responses to steeplechase

  1. 1
    Jenn says:

    This quilt is just gorgeous! The use of the color blocked background is fantastic and I love the improv flying geese. Great job!

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    Megan says:

    This is fabulous! Are the flying geese appliquéd or pieced?

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    Camilla says:

    So Good! You couldn’t have not planned it better. It looks fantastic!

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    sophie says:

    I have your top in progress on my pinterst for a while and I am crazy about the end result! this is amazing! I must say I shamelessly bought prints and solids to recreate this in the future, with full credit to you of course:)

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    Pat says:

    This is so totally cool.

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    Kat says:

    LOVE it! Great colors and movement, an awesome modern take on traditional design.

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    Alexis says:

    That is a gorgeous quilt, I love all the colors together

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    Beth says:

    Love the “blank” flying geese. Haven’t seen it anywhere else and it’s awesome. I am also a fan of multiple background colors, you pulled it off very successfully.

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    Jenny says:

    This quilt is phenomenal.

  10. 10

    I love the color choices. Love, love love.

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    Debbie says:

    oh I really really like this! I’m so glad you didn’t have enough of any one solid – made it SO much more interesting! And love the improv flying geese!

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    Liz says:

    Your finished quilt is awesome! Your combination of fabrics, colors and pattern were perfect. Really love this one.

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    Stacey says:

    Amazing. Love this quilt – colours, fabrics and design!

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    Duluthgirl says:

    I LOVE this! I love how geese fade in and out.

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    Sarah says:

    This is my favorite Cotton + Steel quilt I’ve seen so far.

  17. 17

    It looks awesome, very inspiring. I love that some of the design was born of necessity (not having enough of the solids).

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    lynnemcl says:

    Stunning quilt – I love the design and colors

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    kitty says:

    This is a brilliant quilt!! To me every aspect of the quilt is spot-on. The idea to group your four main prints is ingenious and the horses steeplechasing right through the diagonal create a wonderful dynamic in the quilt. The improv flying geese, the color choice and disposition, it all adds up to this phenomenal quilt!!

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    Helen says:

    This one had me at first glance! Love every detail!

  22. 22
    Stephanie says:

    I read your blog regularly but don’t know that I’ve ever commented. Thought I’d take a moment to say how talented you are! Your quilts are always so gorgeous and individual. I always find inspiration here.

  23. 23

    This quilt is so beautiful. I love the story of how your design came into being. Gorgeous colors!

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    Amanda says:

    This is gorgeous!! It’s perfect with the four different solids and such a great modern interpretation of the vintage inspiration piece…kudos! 🙂

  25. 25
    Elise says:

    Gorgeous! I have been following the making of this quilt on your blog and it is just stunning!

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    Hannah says:

    Oh. My! Ashley, this is fantastic! I love this quilt! Great job!!!!

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    Karen says:

    WOW!!! This is amazing and considering all of your hiccups you still managed to pull it together into a beautiful quilt. I could NEVER have done that. Love the name you gave it. Absolutely beautiful.

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    Jude Jones says:

    Love this quilt Ashley! One of my favorites of yours! It is just lovely and I love the antique quilt inspiration piece. I pinned it too!
    Thanks for all you do to inspire us!

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    Rebekah says:

    Wow!! This is amazing! Any chance you’ll be writing a pattern for it?

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    Alli says:

    That looks fantastic! 🙂

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    Carla says:

    It’s so gorgeous! Great layout for these fabrics

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    Eve berry says:

    Wow, that quilt is stunning!

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    Becky says:

    And THIS is why I follow your blog. Stunning. The multiple solids in the background just make it.

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    kristin says:

    i ADORE this quilt, Ashley. You have such an amazing eye for color and pattern. Seriously.

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    Cheryl says:

    Double gauze solids? Where did you get those?

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  41. 39
    Kati says:

    This quilt is breathtakingly beautiful!

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    Cath says:

    Brilliant use of these gorgeous prints!! My favourite of all time!!!

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