Dallas Cowboys Baby Quilts


Dallas Cowboys Quilt B

Our friends Chris and Angel are about to have a son — an unexpected, completely blessed surprise.  Chris and my husband Jay are best friends, and they share a love of the Dallas Cowboys.

Just for full disclosure, I am an Eagles fan.  But when the Cowboys win, my house is happy, so … hard to be a hater.

54. He BIT Me!!

But anyway … Chris and Angel are having a baby boy right in the midst of football season, and the boy will grow up cheering on the Cowboys along with his Dad.  I thought he should be welcomed into the world as I know he’ll go on, as a Dallas Cowboys fan. So I made him this quilt:

Dallas Cowboys Quilt A

The stars are made using the pattern One Star Americana Patriotic Mini Quilt from Bubblestitch.   This is the first paper piecing I’ve ever done, so even though it looks tough, I can vouch for it being an easy pattern.  I altered the pattern ever so slightly.  The middle “1, 2, 3” spaces are made as one piece in blue for the center star, then a ring of white, one more of blue and then alternating gray and white.  Perfect Dallas stars!  For more interest, I tilted the stars a little this way or that.  I think it keeps the eye moving over the quilt and lends a feeling of motion.

Dallas Cowboys Quilt E

The backing fabric is Dallas Cowboys fabric, just in case the point isn’t made by all those stars on the front.  After baby outgrows his little blanket, I’ve offered to sew a hanging sleeve on the back so it can be hung up on the wall if they like.

And they’re getting a bonus stroller blanket in the softest flannel and voile, just because I want to help spoil this baby.

Dallas Cowboys Quilt Flannel

More Dallas blue and stars!

Dallas Cowboys Quilt C

Hooray for babies!  Hooray for football and for unexpected little football fans!



I’m binding Africa.  That sounds like it would take forever, doesn’t it?  It’s going well so far.

Binding Africa

Maybe I’ve changed mind about how to piece the Dallas Cowboys baby quilt.  Maybe the whole top should be paper pieced stars, and the little flannel squares can be a small stroller blanket.  The bright white of the pieced blocks and the cream in the flannels just aren’t getting along, and I’m thinking of keeping them separated.

WIP: Three Stars

I’m falling behind in the Super Mario Bros. quilt along, but I knew I would from the beginning.

Super Mario Bros Quilt Blocks Four

There’s only so much time, after all.

And my 13 year old cat Aslan is spending a few days at the vet’s office.  Instead of being constantly underfoot, he’s getting some much needed medical attention.


This morning, no one has tried to trip me in the kitchen, and it’s surprising how much a person can miss that.  His tech at the animal hospital tells me he’s feeling a little more like himself this morning.  I asked, “You mean he bit you?”  She laughed.  Yes, that’s right.  Ah, my sweet/mean cat.  Come home and boss us all around again soon.

Learning Paper Piecing


I’m working on a baby quilt for friends of ours, for a little boy who will grow up to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys just like his Daddy.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt that celebrated that additional bond father and son will have from watching football together.  The quilt would need to be instantly recognizable by any fan … and to my mind, that meant incorporating the Dallas star logo.

I looked at a lot of star quilt designs and didn’t find anything that was just right until I stumbled into paper piecing and found this pattern from BubbleStitch on Etsy.

Paper Piecing

Did I mention that I’ve never done paper piecing?  Look at all that!  Yes, I was intimidated, but I really needed that star.  So I searched again for a tutorial on paper piecing, and I really liked this one from Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts.  She made it seem possible.  (The  star pattern is just the pattern, no instructions on paper piecing are included.)

I dove in, changed my colors around to represent the Dallas Cowboys, and ended up with this:

Dallas Cowboys Quilt Star

Not perfect, but I think it will do!  If you’ve wanted to try paper piecing, read through Faith’s tutorial a few times to wrap your mind around, then go for it!

Dallas Cowboys Quilt Star

Still more to do on this one, so check back later for the finished quilt!