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Border or No Border?

Sometimes when making quilting decisions, I feel like I am at the eye doctor’s when they asking “Which is better, one or two…”  I found that taking a picture and coming back to pictures a few hours later to be very helpful when determining the next phase in the quilting process.  Soliciting input from others is also beneficial!  Thus, blogging about my quilt is perfect; I review my pictures and receive comments with great input!

What do you think…Border or No Border?

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The Development of the Sashing

Now that I determined my sashing for the Underground Railroad Quilt, I was able to quickly piece together half of the quilt.  Here is a glimpse of the quilt and each of the blocks are becoming more defined.  Although I was concerned previously, I have exactly enough of the sashing fabric!  Best of all. today was the discovery that the quilt looks awesome in my living room.  I just may be keeping a lap-size quilt for the first time!

The only block that I was not able to incorporate into the front of the quilt was the ‘Underground Railroad’ block.  I am going to piece it into the back with all of my left over fabric.  Additionally, I am going to determine a way to incorporate leftover fabric into the border.

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Sashing Fun

Sashing provides additional definition to blocks.  After spending hours determining my sashing method for my underground ground quilt, I decided not to use a traditional layout with the ‘square’ or ‘on-point’ layouts.  Each of my blocks will be tilted either left or right. Here is my first row.

Does anyone know the name of this layout? From my class, it was referenced as ‘a-kimbo’.

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring, Take Two, Last Block

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Last Block for the Underground Railroad

I am very pleased at the result of my Drunkard’s Path Block for the Underground Railroad Quilt Sampler. For my class tomorrow, we will discuss the layout of our blocks. My initial thought is to have the 10 main blocks and have it organized in a 4 x 3 block layout. With the extra two spaced, I could add a title and the words from Ozella McDaniel William’s Underground Railroad Quilt Code. My other option is add the quilt code into the sashing.

“The Monkey Wrench turns the Wagon Wheel toward Canada on a Bear’s Paw trail to the Crossroads. Once they got to the crossroads they dug a Log Cabin on the ground. Shoofly told them to dress up in cotton and satin Bow Ties and go to the cathedral church, get married and exchange Double Wedding Rings. Flying Geese stay on the Drunkard’s Path and follow the Stars.”

(Source: Ozella McDaniel Williams, as reported in “Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard. Published by Doubleday in 1999. Softcover edition by First Anchor Books, 2000.)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring, Take Two

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Take Two – Underground Railroad Sampler Continued

Due to my flop yesterday with my measurements, I took another shot at my Flying Geese block and started over.  It is now a perfect 12.5 inch square, matching all of the others.  My plan is to incorporate the extra-large block into a pieced backing.  I also completed the Friendship Star and the North Star blocks.  My last block for this quilt is the Drunkard’s Path with the arches.

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring

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Which one is not like the others?

As I finished my tenth bock, I noticed it being different from all of the others.  Can you tell?  Additionally, let me know if you have a creative idea to fix it that does not involve starting over or losing my points.

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Double Check the Double Wedding Ring

It doesn’t take long to sew a mistake, but takes very long to rip it out.  When working with the 53 pieces of the Double Wedding Ring block, it is always good to compare your layout with a completed block (or picture).  This Double Wedding Ring block is part of my Underground Railroad Sampler.  With only four more blocks to go and two more classes, this sampler is winding up quickly!

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names

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Same Block with Many Names

As I continue my Underground Railroad quilt class, the homework for this week consisted of the ‘Underground Railroad’ block.  I knew that it had another common name of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’.  Many blocks have different names, pending the era and the region.  According to WomenFolk.com, there are several other names for this same block: Road to California, Off to San Francisco, Gone to Chicago, Stepping Stones and Trail of the Covered Wagon. Do you know other blocks that have multiple names?

Each week, I continue to learn about the Underground Railroad through this class and I am still fancinated by the history behind each of these blocks.  Here are the blocks for tomorrow’s class:

  • Square 6: Shoofly (Right Bottom)
  • Square 7: Bow Ties (Right Top)
  • Square 8: Underground Railroad (Left)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues

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The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues

Yet again, it is Sunday night and I am finishing my blocks for tomorrow’s Underground Railroad Sampler Quilt Cass.  This homework was quick because I pre-cut all of my fabric during the previous class.  All I had left tonight was a piecing.  Here are my finished squares:

  • Square 3: Bear’s Paw (Left)
  • Square 5: Log Cabin (Right)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks

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Underground Railroad Blocks

It is Sunday night and I am just now finishing my blocks for Monday’s Quilt Cass.  Since I was out of town for the previous quilt class, I had two sessions of homework.  Here are the first three blocks for the Underground Railroad Sampler Quilt.

  • Square 1: Monkey Wrench (Top Left)
  • Square 2: Wagon Wheel (Right)
  • Square 4: Crossroads (Middle)

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class

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