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Thread: Underground Railroad Quilt Top

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    Senior Member Deara's Avatar
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    I am making this for my husband. :D
    He loves all things pertaining to the Civil War.

    I have been inspired by all of you who have done the URR Quilt. :lol:
    This quilt top has been a learning experience for me. :roll:
    I have only sewn a friendship star and a nine-patch block previous to this undertaking.

    I have had many days when I ripped out more than I sewed. :oops:
    I have learned so much in the process. :)

    Hubby helped me choose the fabrics and the backing for this quilt. :D
    He has a good eye for color. I love his choices. :lol:

    I do not know how I will quilt it. :roll:
    Hubby suggested quilt in the ditch.
    I want this quilt to hold up to everyday use.

    Please give me your suggestions and comments.

    Thank you all,
    Sandi


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    Didn't mean for two pics of the backing.

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    Your blocks are wonderful! You certainly got a lot of practice making different kind of blocks.l

    The backing fabric is really special, too!

    Lucky husband!

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    Your underground rail road is really, really nice. I am sure you are proud of your results. That was a ton of work to make this quilt for him. I enjoy learning new blocks. Did you?

    It is a very nice quilt for hubby. He must be thrilled!!!

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    Thank you Joan.
    I appreciate the encouragement.
    Hubby spied the backing at Hancocks when I was looking at the flannel.
    He called me over and said what do you think about this for the back.
    I just smiled and said that's it.
    Sandi



    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    Your blocks are wonderful! You certainly got a lot of practice making different kind of blocks.l

    The backing fabric is really special, too!

    Lucky husband!

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    That is fabulous! I love that backing.. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Your underground rail road is really, really nice. I am sure you are proud of your results. That was a ton of work to make this quilt for him. I enjoy learning new blocks. Did you?

    It is a very nice quilt for hubby. He must be thrilled!!!

    Thanks Red.
    I am very happy with the results.
    I so enjoy sewing and making things for others.
    I was very excited when the blocks turned out sorta looking like the ones in the pics. Some were smaller and some were larger, but I enjoyed making them all.
    Hubby is very happy. His smile was all I needed to see when I showed him the finished top.
    Sandi

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    That's beautiful, and I love how your dh helped pick the fabrics!! That's such a special treasure for both of you.

    For quilting, I don't know. What was the common quilting method of the day in the late 1800s? Surely someone here knows.

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    That is just beautiful. You did a great job on it.

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    Love the quilt! So many different blocks, I could look at it forever and never get bored. You mist be so pleased with the way it come out!!!

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    What a beautiful quilt!! Awesome job on everything!

    My quilter says if you don't want to distract from the design--meander. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    That is fabulous! I love that backing.. :D

    Thank you Ms Grace.
    Hubby has good taste.

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    I love the colrs your hubby picked out. The quilt is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAHM
    That's beautiful, and I love how your dh helped pick the fabrics!! That's such a special treasure for both of you.

    For quilting, I don't know. What was the common quilting method of the day in the late 1800s? Surely someone here knows.
    Thank you SAHM,
    Hubby & I have like minds in many things.
    It is wonderful to share our interests together.
    He gets as excited as I do looking at fabric.
    I would say he has added to my stash more than I have. :lol:
    Sandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    That is just beautiful. You did a great job on it.
    Thank you Quilt4u,
    This quilting forum inspired me with their pretties.
    Sometimes you just have to sit and look to learn.

    Sandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    What a beautiful quilt!! Awesome job on everything!

    My quilter says if you don't want to distract from the design--meander. :D

    Thank you barnbum,
    I appreciate your compliment. :lol:
    Meandering huh? :shock:
    Sounds good..........
    Never quilted other than in the ditch. :oops:
    The learning experience continues......... :D
    Sandi

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    This turned out really good and the backing is perfect.

    Are you planning on handquilting or machine? Either way I would opt to do SID or better yet 1/4" from the ditch with, perhaps, a decorative design around the dresdin plate, maybe a ribbon and bow or something like that. IMHO meander is too "modern" a look for such a traditional pattern and you did say your DH is a civil war buff, this would be more in keeping with the era. I think you will be very pleased with the results if you do 1/4" stitching from the ditch inside each piece of patchwork. Very traditional.


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    The quilt top looks wonderful. Your husband will certainly love it. :D I also like the backing fabric. Very appropriate for the time period. Some people are unaware of the purpose for these underground railroad quilts. They were used as maps to guide the slaves from one stop on the underground railroad to the next. The former slaves only needed to remember the sequence of the blocks to know where to travel.

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    Your quilt is beautiful, and I just love the material you choose for the backing!

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    It's lovely Sandi! Great work, no wonder hubby is pleased! :D

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    Very nice and I love the back.

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    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Your URR is beautiful!!!! I bought the URR book last year, and I started a wall hanging size that was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. I only did the first 4 blocks, tho.

    So I just showed my husband your photo and he loved it!! Acted like he's never seen a URR before!!! LOL So I may be pulling that book out sooner than I'd thought. hehehe

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    Sandi, your quilt for your DH
    is just beautiful!! :D You have
    done a great job sewing it together.
    I love it!! Thank you for sharing.
    :D :D :D :D

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    What a great quilt!

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