I think the rainy season has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest…I was hopeful yesterday when the weather was beautiful for the first day of November, thinking the rain was going to wait a bit longer, but today it was completely opposite. Rain, wind..overcast all day :(… Time to snuggle up with my favorite quilt and catch up reading my favorite blogs. I have two favorite quilts that I love to snuggle. One is my twisted rail fence quilt that I have shared in a previous post and my next favorite is a quilt I call, Southern Charm.
It is the Underground Railroad Sampler, by Eleanor Burns & Sue Bouchard. I was pretty much raised in the South (Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, & Virginia). Summers were spent on occasion with Grandparents up in Michigan, but for the most part we lived down South during my growing up years. We visited lots of historical places and loved going to the living museums. All the employees would dress up in period costumes. One of the things I remember learning as a kid was they used quilts to help direct people North. Each block had a secret meaning to help people on their travels without sharing the information with those who didn’t need to know. A very simple, yet effective way to help travelers get North to safety and freedom. I don’t want to spoil the story for you as to what each block means, so I have given the name and what I liked about a few of the blocks I made below. You’ll have to make the quilt to learn about the journey. 🙂
I like the play of light and dark within the block
|The Bow Ties
Got to use lots of my fabrics and practice my triangles
|The Wagon Wheel
I was scared to do this block at first,
but it ended up one of my favorite blocks to make
When I decided to make a sampler quilt, this pattern came to my attention. I thought it would be a perfect way to remember the history I learned back in my childhood days.. 🙂 I found the border fabric first and then went off to find scraps for the quilt. I used Warm-N-Natural for the batting and Flannel for the backing…With that combination, you get a super warm quilt. (Perfect for days like today.) I originally was going to machine quilt and started with two rows down the sashing, but it was too much weight for my personal sewing machine. I wasn’t liking how it was coming out, even with the walking foot to help…I didn’t work on it for quite a bit..I was frustrated with how the machine quilting worked out and I didn’t want to rip out all those stitches (I know..I was being lazy..but it was a lot of tiny stitches) After months of pouting I figured…..this was a quilt for me…. I would be the one using it……and decided I could handle knowing about my mistake. I decided to hand quilt the rest…I didn’t do anything to fancy, I am not the best at handquilting. I went in the ditch with my stitches. It took me all winter to quilt it, but that’s okay it kept me warm 🙂 I finished this one Nov of 2009.
|My Version has extra Jacob Ladder blocks…
These two blocks I don’t believe were part of the actual story.