I haven’t introduced a new pattern for quite some time. I’ve had lots of stuff going on, and have been too distracted to sit down and write. And now, I’m gonna have several in a row. Which only proves, I guess, that at some point, if you just keep plugging along, something does actually get finished now and then!
She was pregnant when I bought her, and gave me a fine colt in September of 2006. My Cowboy immediately dubbed him PeeWee because he was the smallest one in the pasture at the time. (Definitely not so any more!)
Bette was perfect for me because she was so level-headed and calm and quiet. She just did her thing, and let you know when you weren’t doing things right. In her prime, Bette was a prize-winning Reining horse, and some of her offspring have gone on to be prize-winners (no, NOT PeeWee), and one of her offspring even lived in Germany!
She had a special funny way of turning her head around to look at me, and she’s passed that trait on to PeeWee — makes me laugh every time.
Pretty much doing whatever she wanted in her retirement.
Bette passed away last fall at the ripe old age of 28. While it broke my heart, I was also glad that she didn’t have to go through another hard winter with her arthritis. And I’m comforted by the fact that My Cowboy and I gave her a great life in her last years, and did all we could to take care of her and keep her comfortable. And PeeWee was with her till the end.
And I have my memories, and my pictures, and PeeWee, and . . . I’m having her hair made into a bracelet that will have her name engraved on it.
The “Out To Pasture” pattern was originally introduced as part of a larger project that is no longer being published, so I decided to bring it back as an individual pattern, both in printed and PDF format, so it’s still available when people ask.
You can make it as a 22″ x 24″ wall quilt like shown, or use it as a portion of a larger quilt. Or square it up and make it into a pillow. There are lots of possibilities.
Both versions of the pattern are available in my Etsy Shop right now.