Sunday, February 5, 2023

Quilt Reveal: Boundaries

The Project Quilting Challenge this week was to make a quilt inspired by the 54-40 or Fight quilt pattern. When I saw the challenge post, I was all ready. Laundry and dishes washed, groceries bought, cooked food packed up in the freezer. I had just finished a whole bunch of triangles for the Aunt Daisy quilt. Since I had taken so much time making a quilt last time, I thought I should make something small and simple. Maybe an ATC for my ATC holder that hasn't been worked on for years.


Then I saw the challenge and I was in full panic mode. I couldn't think of a way to make that block into ATC size. I thought about just making one block, but that block is much more interesting when used in in a group. Plus, I had made so many triangles, and I have another quilt I want to make that uses these triangles that I just couldn't see myself making any more triangles.

So I decided to do something else inspired by the post. The 54-40 block is about boundaries and where they should be drawn. 

It’s about land acquisition, and in the 1840s many suggested the northern edge of Oregon should be drawn at the 54°40′ north line of latitude. And they were willing to go to war to make that happen. “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!”

Boundaries make me think of fences. Good fences make good neighbors. So I decided to make a rail fence quilt. A rail fence I can handle in a week. I made the rails bigger than my standard size of one inch. I thought they would make a bigger impact.I didn't take any in-process photos so you can see the finished photos throughout.


The 54-40 block is about where the boundary for Oregon should be drawn. I like that there are several rows of fences, so it does reflect the decision about where the boundary should be. I think I've used all three of the fabrics in other small quilts. 

The background fabric is in Aunt Daisy. I sure hope I am done making the blocks for that quilt and don't find out after I do the inventory that I need more blocks! It took some thinking and planning to make the lines go in coherent directions. I like how it turned out.

I scribble quilted in the red sections. To make it quick, I hand stitched the binding down with a running stitch. I like the way it looks.


2023: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 5


I worked on the Project Quilting challenge this week. I also made some of my "daily" circle blocks. I will show them to you next time.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 35 out of 35 days
Success rate  = 100%



Kris said...

I see you have a fun take on this challenge too. Turned out great.

Joyful Quilter said...

Nice interpretation of the block and cute little quilt.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I think that's a great interpretation of the inspiration. Nicely done!

Queeniepatch said...

It is a striking design. I like the combination of stripes and dots.

Nikki said...

fun interpretation and very sweet quilt.

Kate said...

It's always fun to see how the prompts are interpreted, you definitely put some thought into both the idea and the implementation. A very bold and fun mini! Great stitching metrics for 2023 so far! Happy stitching this week.

PersimonDreams said...

so fun! Cool interpretation!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Boundaries to borders to fences? I can totally see the connection, Shasta! I must say that I don't blame you a bit for not wanting to make those triangles.

Tanya said...

Very pretty! And the rail fence pattern was a great choice for that striped fabric!

Rose said...

I love that little quilt. The light fabric you chose is a perfect with that red/dots. I still need to take a lesson from you, and make some little projects till I can finish a project occasionally.