Wild West Girls Quilt Tutorial

Posted by alpinefabrics on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

'Wild West Girls' Quilt Tutorial
Instructor Karen Maxwell
Template 1       Template 2      Template 3       Template 4
Wild West Girls quilt
Hi, my name is Karen Maxwell and I'm delighted to share my 'Wild West Girls' quilt tutorial with you. Wishing there was a boys' version of this quilt? Go visit my blog for the boys templates! I blog at www.lisnaweary-quilts.blogspot.com, so pop over and say hello!
Make sure to print all four templates for this pattern. 
Course Materials
1 1/2yds Pina Colada (plain cream)
1/2 yd Brown Cowboy Paisley
1/2yd Pink Cowboy Plaid
3/4yd Cream Cowboy Spots
Fat quarter Pink Cowboy Paisley
Fat quarter Pink Cowboy Quotes
Fat quarter Brown Cowboy Spots
Fat quarter Pink Floral Calico
Fat quarter Brown Floral Calico
Fat quarter Pink Horseshoes
2 yds Pink Cowboy (for piecing and backing)
Fat quarter tea dye
1/2yd Licorice (plain black)
1yd cream ric rac
2yds Pink ric rac
1yd Bondaweb
Black embroidery thread
1. Cut out 10  8" x 8" squares from the various patterned fabrics.

cowboy squares

2. Trace applique pieces on to Bondaweb, to make 5 of each of the girls.

bondaweb transfer

3. Iron faces to tea dye fabric, hair to black fabric and other pieces to appropriate fabrics.(Make sure to leave at least 6" x 22" of fabric for border and stars) Cut out carefully - I put all the pieces in a little bag to keep them safe!

applique pieces

4. Place applique pieces on 8" x 8" squares to make faces. Make sure they are in the centre of the square and iron in place.
5. Using a small zigzag stitch, sew in place.

sew on applique

6. Sew cream ric rac on the each of the girl's hairband.

sew on ricrac

7. Trim squares to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", making sure the faces are centred. Embroider eyes and mouth with black embroidery thread - give each girl their own personality!
8. Make teepee blocks using foundation piecing method. Make 5 paper copies of the teepee template.
Take one copy and place a piece of fabric in the centre portion on the wrong side of the teepee.
make tp
9. Place fabric for top portion of the teepee, right side together with the first piece.


10. Sew across printed line, with fabric underneath paper.

sew tp

11. Turn over to make sure seam is sewn correctly. Then fold back paper and trim seam back to 1/4".

trim seam tp

12. Repeat for remaining portions of the teepee.

finish tp

13. Trim finished teepee block to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2". Carefully remove paper from back of the block. Make 5 teepee blocks.
14. Sew ric rac to each side of the teepee.

ricrac tp

15. Cut out 5 squares of cream fabric 8" x 8". Trace 5 sheriffs stars on to Bondaweb. Iron sheriffs stars on to five different patterned fabrics. Cut out carefully and place in the centre of the cream square. Press and then sew in place using a small zigzag stitch. Trim finished block to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".

sheriffs stars

16. Place blocks in order according to photo. Sew together using 1/4" seam allowance.
17. Cut inside border 4  1 1/2" x Width of Fabric. Sew border to sides and then sew on top and bottom borders.
inside borders
18.To make zigzag border, cut out 17 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares from patterned fabrics, cut twice on the diagonal to give 68 triangles.
Cut out 17  5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares from cream fabric, again cut twice on the diagonal to give 68 triangles.
19. Alternate cream and patterned triangles and sew together as per photo, using 1/4" seam allowance. Press well. Keep the triangle strip as straight as possible.

zigzag border

Repeat until strip of whole triangles measures length of quilt. Make four strips for the side borders and four strips for the top and bottom borders.
20. Sew two strips of triangles together matching triangles to give a zigzag pattern. Before you trim borders, check your own quilt measurements.
Trim side borders to 37 1/2" and trim top and bottom borders to 30 1/2".
21. Sew zigzag borders sides of quilt.

side borders

22. Cut 4  4 3/4" x 4 3/4" squares from plaid fabric. Sew a square to each end of the border, and sew in place matching seams.
bottom border
23. Repeat for top border.
24. Layer backing, wadding and quilt top. Quilt as desired.
25. For binding cut 5  2 1/2" x Width of Fabric. Make and attach binding. For more information on binding, check out this tutorial.
I love the fabric on the back - nothing beats pink cowboy boots! 
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. When you make your own 'Wild West Girls' quilt, make sure and add a photo to my flickr group, I'd love to see it!

Category: Quilts


  1. This is such a cute quilt. I was looking for a cowboy pattern and I came across this one. I love it. Great job.
    by Aileen Payne
    August 15th, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

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