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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"Drinking Gourd"

When I saw the Drinking Gourd block in Barbara Brackman's book on quilts and the Underground Railroad I knew I had to use it. I also wanted to make a quilt with a "butternut and blue" color scheme.
(Historical note: "follow the drinking gourd" was a folk song. The drinking gourd was the Big Dipper. Slaves headed north on the Underground Railroad would look for that constellation.)

I volunteered to coordinate a quilt to raffle as a fundraiser for the Illinois Library Association. The days got away from me and I never got around to contacting other quilting librarians. A call from the ILA fundraising committee chair saying that they'd like the quilt in January got me going. I made the entire top myself. The blocks are 12". The middle border is made from the cutaway triangles of the flying geese. The top measures 92 x 92. Yes, I'm sending this out to be quilted!

Dawn also loves this block. She and I have made a pile of 8" blocks, though knowing her she's a lot farther along with them than I am. We're getting together next week so we can compare.


  1. Don't worry - I'm not any farther along that I was! Oh I like how you used those triangles! I've been saving and sewing mine up and was going to make a mini quilt - but now I think I want to make a border with them!

  2. This quilt is gorgeous! Welcome to blogland, it's very nice here!

  3. Lovely quilt. Welcome to the world of quilting blogs. Please let us know how long it takes you to be pulled in.

  4. Dawn mentioned that you are making this quilt. It is wonderful!

  5. This quilt is just beautiful. I love your striking color combination!

  6. This is gorgeous - both pattern and colour :)


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