Saturday, October 10, 2020

Back of the Chutes ~ RBD Project Tour

Oh, was I excited to see this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs!  

Back of the Chutes licensed fabric features the art of Hugh Cabot, an American Master Painter who was "well-known for his highly distinctive, stylized cowboys and bold, powerful Western landscapes awash with light and color that literally glowed...  His cowboy portraits are prized by collectors worldwide."

The fabric line includes two panels.

The supporting fabrics include western motifs and bandana prints.

When I saw the fabric, I knew who I needed to make a quilt for!

Meet my sister Janine, and her husband Brian.  These two live on a small ranch in Southeast Idaho.  They're the real deal.  They raised beef cattle for years until last December when they decided to sell the herd and retire from ranching.  J9 has barrel raced at Jackpot events in Idaho and Utah over the years, and recently took up team roping to spend more time with Brian.  

Check out the motifs on the main print:  Ropin' and Ridin'!  Absolutely perfect.

To make the quilt, I went with the denim blues and browns in the line.  I used a free Riley Blake PATTERN << from a previous quilt (see post).  From a 10-inch "Stacker" I used 26 of the 42 pieces for the star blocks, plus yardage of three other prints for the borders.  

Used my favorite "4-in-1" technique to make a million flying geese units for the stars (OK, it was only 104), just in time to show my students in my "Magic Instablocks" class.  See the tutorial HERE.

I mitered the striped border using a quick pre-cut technique (see tutorial HERE).  I think it frames the stars nicely!

It makes a pretty big quilt:  about 77" x 85".  Here are a few more shots of the quilt top at the Sevier County rodeo grounds. 

Literally, at the "back of the chutes"!

And in the chute!!

I can not wait to give this quilt to my sister and her husband!  I think it resembles Brian quite a bit!

Big thanks to Riley Blake Designs for providing the fabrics for today's project tour! Back of the Chutes fabric is available this month.  Ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it at an online retail shop. 

Check out these projects:  Flying Geese Corners Tutorial 
                                          Star Borders Tutorial

Happy Trails,


  1. Perfect, like it was mDe for them!! The colors and setting for pictures awesome.

    1. That's how I felt too, Mary! They made this fabric just for them! And it tickled me too walk around these empty rodeo grounds for pictures. I've never been in back of the chutes before!

  2. I'm doing a similar cowboy quilt for a customer. Would love a close up of the quilting done on this! Thx!


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