Wednesday 2 November 2011

The Underground Railroad Quilt

Well, it has been in the making for 15 months, so I had best get a picture of it on here.  It is actually hanging on the clothes line, and then the picture was rotated 90 degrees....this is why Abbie is floating in the top left corner. 
It's been a joy to make, mainly because I shared the experience with so many friends.  The quilt will now be used on my bed and it certainly won't take much time before Abbie has christened it with her dog hair.  But then, it is meant to be used. 
The centre of the quilt with its 16 blocks and sashing measures 63" square and then with the 11" wide outside border, the whole quilt is 85" square in total.  The outside border was strip pieced using leftover fabrics from the centre of the quilt.  The border was 14" wide, then I cut 3" off and set it aside to make the final binding.  It worked well. 

Marlene Hutchison did a marvelous job on the overall meandering stitch with a leaf pattern on the border.  My backing fabric is a lovely floral print on a purple background which makes the quilt reversible.  Here's a picture of the stitching shown on the back. 

I'm pleased that so many friends decided to follow the progress of the Underground Railroad story.  It really turned out to be an adventure worth taking. 


  1. Oh that is so gorgeous Tessa. Well done. And Marlene has quilted it beautifully. Irene x

  2. Tessa, great Quilt. I love the border.
    This gives me a kick in the butt to get me moving on with mine.