Painted Cow Quilt Pattern PDF Digital Download


The Painted Cow pattern uses raw edge applique and thread painting to create a colorful and fun design. Don’t be afraid of it, the pattern explains how to do every step. The finished quilt measures 30” square.

This pattern features 18 pages of instructions and templates/pattern outlines. This is a super fun pattern and you will certainly stop the herd with her!





Read all instructions before you begin.

Fabric Requirements:

  • Background piece that measures 32” square. This is tricky to pick in advance. Think about fabric choices when making this decision. It should help the Cow “pop,” not hide. It is also fun if it has texture, an example would be linen.
  • Backing piece that measures 36” square.
  • Fat quarter for the “fence” in the image. Something with texture works well.
  • 10” x 10” piece of solid black, white, light grey and dark grey for the eyes and nostrils.
  • 6 to 10 different fabrics. Fat quarters work well, but this is also a great pattern for stash busting. Use the provided coloring pages to audition fabrics/colors by coloring them in with marker or colored pencil.


  • Finished quilt: 30” x 30”


  • Raw Edge Appliqué & Thread Painting

Additional Materials Needed:

  • 5 yards of 12” wide Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 or something comparable.
  • 40 and/or 50 weight quality thread work well for thread painting.

* BLACK is required for the outlines, eye lashes and whiskers.

* Other colors as desired to match fabrics.

  • “Sharp” type needles. You may need a couple for this pattern.
  • Batting piece that measures 35” square in a low loft poly with minimal to no shrinking.
  • Iron with NO steam.
  • Sharpie, pencil, pen and fabric markers or chalk.
  • Scissors for cutting potentially “gooey” items.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Basic quilting notions and materials.
  • Alcohol swabs (They help get any gunk off the needle).
  • Optional: A light box makes it easier, but not required.
  • Optional: Piece of 32” square clear thick vinyl for tracing the pattern onto as a layover for the placing pieces where they belong.



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