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texasmusicmom



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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:38 am

Wow....both are wonderful! Eye candy!!
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:00 pm

Red, I can't offer any help. You are doing blocks way out of my league. I am so bad at math that I once made a bunny wall hanging (log cabin blocks) that fits on the couch. I only wanted it a couple of inches larger. Embarassed That prompted Fiber Babble, who was my secret sister that year, to send me a book "Taking the Math Out of Quilting" (or similar title). I still use that book. geek

All I can say is, it's your Rising Sun. Does it really matter how many points it has? If it does, change it. If not, it's an original. And looks good by the way, so do your other blocks.

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:01 pm

What's wrong with it Red?   Looks good to me.  And paper piecing is EASY.  Learn it.  You'll be glad you did.  I love doing it.  Jill on the other hand HATES IT.   Knuppel  I just need to sit her down and show her the ropes. lmao


Gimpy,  your quilt is gorgeous!  Makes me want to run in my sewing room and get back to work on mine.  Need to finish up a few little things first. 
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:34 pm

Redmadder I got the patterns from a friend who had a quilt store and ran it as a class, another friend did the class, that was in SF. I think I still have them if you need anything, I think your rising sun looks awesome, pp does make it go smoothly but I never do much of it, got a stigma issue in my head about it LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:52 pm

I have 2 rising sun blocks. One is not square, but could be squared. Rising Sun by Cabot is 11" finished size. I think I recall seeing rising and setting sun blocks in Brackman, as well and a vast number of star blocks. Considering the orientation of these parties crossing the plains, I think most Biblical blocks are suitable. It is estimated that one person dies for every 3 feet of the trail. Many travelers also mentioned enjoying impromptu dances at intervals along the way. Names of dance tunes of the time would be suitable.

One song that was frequently mentioned by travelers was Seeing the Elephant (which stood for anything fearful ahead). An elephant block would seem suitable.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:32 am

Good ideas, MN.  There's still Blazing Sun and Setting Sun to do, any Mariners Compass based pattern can serve for those.

I think the last block in the lower left corner has to be a train block.  It was the intercontinental railroad completion that put an end to the Oregon Trail.

While in Baltimore I'll look online for patterns.  DD's computer setup makes it easy to print out anything I find.  Corn and Beans will have to wait, I'm not packed yet.  Little brother will drive me to the airport but I have to go babysit his house while they install internet.  Oh vey.  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:48 pm

I wandered through a part of the 1000 QP blocks today (as opposed to the 3500 I've added to my files). I found some with likely titles:
Shooting star
Shaded trail
air castle
another star
autumn star
campfire star
Indian star
morning star
evening star
flying geese (2)
broken dishes
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:07 am

A lot of stars on that trail west. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:45 pm

Its almost funny.  I had to go back and read this whole thread to pick up what I was doing before going to Baltimore.  As soon as I find the blocks, I'll get back to work on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:01 pm

Its handy having the thread to go over, Ive done that too with my vege garden, can look back and see when and what I was doing in the past, it sure is handy

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:04 pm

Beats trying to remember it all. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:05 pm

Now I remember, it was Corn and Beans I was going to start on when little brother asked me to supervise the cable installation at his house.  Back on track.  After C&B, it will be Winding Ways.  That is in Carrie Halls book.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:48 am

Here's Corn and Beans.  Imagine how monotonous that must have been on your supper plate.  And likely leftovers for breakfast.

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:59 pm

Meal might not have been much but your block is gorgeous. Nothing monotonous about it at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:37 pm

My understanding is that beans with whatever the outriding hunters got and a smidge of dried apple was dinner most of the time on the trail.  Corn was cornbread. Imagine how they would have done with freeze dried meals and Tupperware. My ancestors had a batting and fabric lined box, in which the pot of dry beans started at breakfast was kept warm all day, to be ready for supper. Mom had it. I don't know where it went when Mom died.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:04 am

That's how I do beans.  Soak them overnight, bring them to a boil in the morning and reheat now and then all day.  They don't need to boil all day.  Think what a treat it would to have venison, rabbit, prairie hen or even buffalo with dinner.

Today I'm after a log cabin, sixteen cabins in a 12 inch block.  Winding Ways next.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:50 pm

nah, Ill pass on the buffalo, I reckon that would have been pretty strong tasting!

Your block looks awesome, well done!

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:10 pm

I have had bison and it is delicious, IMHO.

there is a drunkard's path variant called Oregon Trail
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:00 am

MN, where can I find it?

Wagon trains weren't single file.  There are accounts of up to fifty wagons traveling abreast in flat areas.  I imagine the prairie ended up looking like a drunkard's path.

Bison and buffalo burgers are all the rage here.  I've eaten them several times and thought they were delicious.  The meat is supposed to be leaner and better for you.  Not like bear or gamey moose though I've eaten that too.  And goat, horse, rattlesnake, cochineal bugs.  Guess that's another thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:21 am



Here's my first log cabin.  Planning to make a scrappy with orange centers.

The Winding Ways block in Carrie Hall's book is a curved pattern.  Once upon a time I owned a compass, but can't find it.  What would my grannie have done?  Probably used a dinner plate which is what I'm about to do.

My maternal grandmother sewed but I don't think she made quilts. An elderly cousin said Snody took old coats apart, turned them inside out and made new ones for her nieces and nephews during the depression.  She was born in 1900 so that sounds about right.
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:09 am

Red your blocks are looking good! How many have you made and how many do you need?

Bison is yummy! Better then beef. We eat it 2 or 3 times a month!
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:30 pm

The quilt will have 20 'potholders' with four blocks each, 2 12 inch and 2 10 inch.  So that is 80 blocks.  So far I have four done and two in the works.  Yeah, this will likely take all winter and into the spring.  Good thing I love doing these projects.  Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:21 pm

That log cabin is simply awesome. What size logs did you use? They look like twigs to me. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:01 pm

Beautiful log cabin quilt redmadder.  I love log cabins.  I have plans to make another one soon.  But I really want to get ALL my UFO's and other things finished up FIRST.  I want to start with a CLEAN plate!
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PostSubject: Re: Oregon Trail Potholder Quilt   Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:37 pm

log cabin came out so pretty, great fabric combo. Dinner plates or folded pieces of paper work great for me, I dont have a compass! I was drafting a whig rose pattern once copying a very old B&W photo of a quilt, darned if I could work out the central star, from memory it had 10 points. I stopped and thought 'Hang on, how would they have been doing it back then?" and I realised what it was, I got a piece of paper, folded it in 4 and then drew the star, whallah, suddenly I had a 10 point (or whatever odd number it was) symmetrical star. Enjoying seeing your work and have to say, was always fascinated with the idea of cochineal beetles being the ingredient in food colour as a kid

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