I have never been involved in an online challenge, although I have taken part in quilt guild challenges. When Marian of Seams To Be Sew first asked me, this theme popped into my head immediately.
At its present width of 40″, it would make a great headboard for a toddler’s bed. The passenger car could be repeated to make the wall hanging long enough to fit across a whole wall or maybe a window valance. Wouldn’t it be fun to print fabric pictures of the child and the family to put in the windows?
Driving between Tehachapi and Bakersfield via State Highway 58, you see a lot of trains, tunnels, and tracks winding through the hills. You will notice that the actual hills are not quite as bright green as the quilt. I am doing a little wishful thinking and taking some artistic license.
You also see the historical Loop, which was built by hand between 1874-1876. One of the engineering feats of its day, the Loop was built to ease the grade over the Tehachapi Pass. The name is derived from the circuitous route it takes, in which the track passes over itself, a design that lessens the angle of the grade. The train gained only 77 feet, but in the days of steam engines, every little bit helped, when it had to climb from 800 feet elevation to 4,000!
Construction began in 1874, and the line opened in 1876. The quilt shows a passenger train, but today, only freight is allowed on these tracks. Although, on rare occasions, the Coast Starlight is rerouted through the Tehachapi Mountains due to problems on the coastal route.
The Road Home Row Along Schedule
Even though some of the Row Along Reveal days have passed, all of the designers are listed. Just in case you missed going to those blogs, you can still download their rows.
Creatin’ in the Sticks
created a row for Dodge City, Kansas
created a row for Alaska
Sue Griffiths featured At Just Let Me Quilt
created a row for the Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Batts In The Attic
created a row for Hollywood/LA
I Can Quilt 2
created a row for Baltimore, MD
Quilted Fabric Art
created a row for Burlington, Vermont
created a row for Manitoulin Island, Canada
created a row for Oregon
created a row for Silicon Valley, CA
Cloth and Paper Studio
created a row for North Georgia Mountains