• My Road to Tehachapi

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    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.  She is working in tandem with Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy.

    The free download of My Road to Tehachapi, (12″x 40″), is available until the end of October.  The future pattern will have some added railroad cars.

    Click on the Craftsy button for the free pattern.craftsyOr click on the picture to take you to Craftsy for the free pattern.roadtotehachapiAt the 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.walongloopYou also see the historical Loop, that 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 which 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.

    Prizes and Links

    These prizes are available to you today and until September 22.  To register to win, click on the prize image to take you to the link.  Part of entering the contest is to leave a comment below.

    The first is from Anita Goodesign one of the top embroidery design companies around.  Some really beautiful designs are available on their website.  Click on the logo to check out the company.Anita-GoodesignClick on either image to take you to the site to register to win a CD-ROM of machine embroidery designs.  

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    The next prize is from CALIBRE ART Cutting Mats.  Read all about it at the link.  These are top of the line cutting mats, made with a lot of thought and care.

    Click on the image to take you to the site to register to win a 12″x18″ cutting mat.  When you see it, you will also see my book listed, but there is an arrow if you want to register for the cutting mat instead.  It is a two part giveaway, combined with my book!  You can enter both giveaways!


    Calibre Art Cutting Mat – 12×18


    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.

    September 6

    Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
    created a row for Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
    Cynthia’s Creating Ark
    created a row for Adelaide South Australia
    Kissed Quilts
    created a row for Grand Coulee, Washington
    Renee’s Quilting Addiction
    created a row for Alberta, Canada

    September 8

    Quilt in Piece
    created a row for Amanzimtoti, South Africa
    Sew Incredibly Crazy
    created a row for Colorado
    3 Patch Crafts
    created a row for Bulgaria
    Just Let Me Quilt
    created a row for Las Vegas, Nevada

    September 13

    Tweety Loves Quilting
    created a row for Edinburgh, UK
    created a row for Heber City/ SLC
    Seams To Be Sew
    created a row for Idaho Falls, Idaho
    Pine Valley
    created a row for New Zealand

    September 15

    Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
    created a row for Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
    Patti’s Patchwork
    created a row for Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Seacoast Quilter
    created a row for New Milford, Connecticut

    September 20

    created a row for Denmark
    Heleen Pinkster
    created a row for the Netherlands
    Rebecca Mae Designs
    created a row for Northern Maine

    September 22

    Words & Stitches
    created a row for Mt. Hood, Oregon
    Quilt Art
    created a row for Africa
    Patchwork Breeze
    created a row for West Michigan Shoreline
    Any Pattern
    created a row for Port Angeles, Washington

    September 27

    Creatin’ in the Sticks
    created a row for Dodge City, Kansas
    MooseStash Quilting
    created a row for Alaska
    Sue Griffiths featured At Just Let Me Quilt
    created a row for the Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia

    Seams To Be Sew and Batts In The Attic
    created a row for Hollywood/LA

    I Can Quilt 2
    created a row for Baltimore, MD

    September 29

    Quilted Fabric Art
    created a row for Burlington, Vermont
    Westend Quilter
    created a row for Manitoulin Island, Canada
    Pamela Quilts
    created a row for Oregon
    Quilt Fabrication
    created a row for Silicon Valley, CA

    October 04

    Linda Robertus
    created a row for the Netherlands
    Elm Street Quilts
    created a row for North Carolina
    Sarah Quinn featured At Seams To Be Sew

    created a row for Outer Space
    Patchouli Moon Studio

    created a row for Central New Mexico

    October 06

    Cheryl LaPlant featured At Quilt In Piece
    created a row for York, Maine
    Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
    created a row for New Hampshire
    Bumbleberry Stitches
    created a row for Oklahoma
    Needle in a Hayes Stack
    created a row for the Mojave Desert

    Cloth and Paper Studio
    created a row for North Georgia Mountains

    October 11
    Show N Tell Day TBA

152 Responsesso far.

  1. Marcia Fette says:

    Great row.

  2. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    YAHOO, I won the Calibre Art Mat. I gifted it to a quilting friend who lost everything in the Louisiana Flooding. Amazon will be shipping it right to her.

    • bdieges says:

      That is so generous of you. I was wondering if there is any quilting organization out there helping those quilters in Louisiana who lost everything. I would think so, but haven’t heard of one.

  3. AlidaP says:

    What a fun row! Very beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Pam says:

    Your train is delightful! I love all the details that keep the eye moving!

  5. Theresa says:

    Your row is awesome! Love the train!

  6. Nicole Sender says:

    The green hills are so colorful!

  7. Leslie L says:

    Such a cute design…love the train

  8. Carmen says:

    Very interesting info about the train and tracks. Great row!

  9. Jocelyn says:

    Such a cute row block!

  10. Nicole Sender says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely row!

  11. Sarah@123quilt says:

    Great row! I had no idea the train there looped around like that. Also, I love your artistic license with the green hills, lol!

  12. Nicole Sender says:

    Your row would definitely be a great headboard for a toddler’s bed.

  13. Kim says:

    Love the row and the history behind the train. Thank you for sharing.

  14. usairdoll says:

    Love your row! Great job! My grandparents lived in Tehachapi years ago and I visited there once.


  15. Mary D says:

    My brother loves trains. He has models and train sets everywhere. I have plenty of orphan blocks with train fabrics, now I can add to this budding quilt a row with a train. Love your row.

    This hop is so creative and inspiring. Such great designers.

  16. Nicole Sender says:

    Your row is one of my favorites!

  17. Terri Drake says:

    What a beautiful block, makes me want to visit the area to learn more. Love being able to ride vintage trains and visit areas that keep their history alive. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity.

    • bdieges says:

      Thank you! If you should visit, make sure you visit our two quilt shops, Debbie’s Fabrics and Five Heart quilts on Tehachapi Blvd. There is a railroad museum there too.

  18. Ruthie Peterburg says:

    Hi Barbara, Thank you, I love your row. What a shame that only freight trains move along that line now. The view must be amazing.
    Warm hugs,

  19. Nicole Sender says:

    I so like your mountains and trees. Your row makes me want to go on a mountain train ride. Rode on the Narrow Gauge in Colorado; what fun!

  20. Melody Lutz says:

    Great row and interpretation of the theme! I’ve seen this area many times on vacation in my early years – always looked forward to seeing those trains!!

  21. Kathy E. says:

    What a beautiful row based on a beautiful area! My husband is a train buff and every where we travel, he scopes out the trains. I’m adding Tehachapi Pass to our travel list since retirement is only days away and we will be on the road!

    • bdieges says:

      Make sure you stop at our quilt shops in town, yes shops, we have TWO on Tehachapi Blvd. Debbies’s Fabrics and Five Heart Quilts, within walking distance of each other.

  22. Marti Meadows says:

    Thanks for the cute row by row block.

  23. carol n says:

    I love your train, and the info on your inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Edith Gorzo says:

    What a wonderful row. Reminds me of a train tour my Husband and I took.

  25. Liz Dyer says:

    I love trains, thanks for the great row.

  26. MoeWest says:

    Thanks for a cute row. You have some great ideas for using the row in a child’s room. I enjoyed reading your post.

  27. I drive from tunnel to tunnel on my drive south, so I’m going to add this with my car between the tunnels, but I agree with you that it would be great above a toddler’s bed! Thanks, Lauren

  28. This is such a GREAT row! One of my favorites yet that perfectly depicts the pictures of your area. Thanks for hopping!!

  29. Diane S says:

    I love your row. It would look good on my grandson’s headboard or dresser. He loves trains,,,,and cars and trucks and boats. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Maryellen says:

    Thanks for the train design, and the history of the area. That’s really cool info!

  31. Beth T. says:

    Nicely done! As a native Californian, I think you captured Tehachapi!

  32. Janet T says:

    Love trains! Great block!

  33. bdieges says:

    Please send a picture, if you make the quilt!

  34. Nicole Sender says:

    My grandson would love it if I made his this row! He loves trains!

  35. Teri says:

    What a lovely block! It would indeed make a great headboard quilt for child. Thank you.

  36. Loretta McDonald says:

    Your row reminds me of a train trip I took as a child. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  37. Myrtle Wright says:

    Picture makes me dream of taking a train ride!

  38. Laurie Weimar says:

    What a nice row. This may have to be made into a quilt for my train obsessed grandson. Thanks for sharing.

  39. anna Brown says:

    Well nice ideas, thanks for sharing your talent with us…..

  40. apple blossom says:

    lovely row. thanks for sharing

  41. Wendy says:

    Great row, thanks!

  42. Allison CB says:

    Very cute row!! Love the train!!

  43. I have 3 boys and they love trains. A train quilt is in my plans! A love learning about new places.

  44. Nancy Myers says:

    A very nice pattern. I am enjoying reading the background stories of all these patterns. I am learning so much about different places I have maybe not heard of.

  45. Liz Horgan says:

    I love your row and the row along-we get to learn about see other parts of our wonderful continent! Thank you!

  46. Laura says:

    Great row block, and I love how you have shared a variety of ways to use it! This would certainly be fun for my grandsons! I have spent some time in both the Bakersfield and Tehachapi areas, so it was fun to read a bit of the history.

  47. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    My two sisters were born in Bakersfield. Would love to go back. Love your block.

  48. Tonya Stewart says:

    Cute row! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  49. Vicki H says:

    love you train row. My grandson will stop everything he might be doing if he hears a train going by.

  50. Quilting Tangent says:

    Pretty train quilt.

  51. I love the train, it is perfect! What a fun row!

  52. Susan says:

    Love trains, love Tehachapi, love your row! Thank you for sharing it.

  53. Sonya Fetch says:

    I love the idea of putting different scenes in the windows to have different things riding the train. So cute.Thank you for making this cute pattern.

  54. Lisa Marie says:

    Very nice! I know a young boy who loves trains and this would be perfect for him.

  55. Donna W says:

    Thanks for sharing your row with us. Love your train.

  56. gail says:

    I love your row — who doesn’t love railroads?! Thanks so much, I can’t wait to make this one! 🙂

  57. Mary Furber says:

    Very nice row. I always love the history behind an area and had to read about the loop on Wikipedia. What a beautiful sight. Thanks

  58. Deonn says:

    Oh, this is adorable. I love trains and I can just see little faces in each of the windows. Thanks for the free pattern – I love that it is pieced.

  59. Carol S. says:

    This was a great row and it was beautifully designed!

  60. Lori Smanski says:

    what a fun and pretty block. thanks for the great history

  61. What a great looking row! Love the train.

  62. Joan Kawano says:

    Love your train trip thru the country. What a fun row!

  63. Colette says:

    Cool row, and thanks for the history lesson. I love your alphabet flowers!

  64. Marian Pena says:

    This is such a fun fun row, I really love this one and some great ideas to add to it also, the printed photos, fabulous idea.

    For a first event, you’ve pulled this off beautifully Barbara, I hope you will join in future events, it’s been a sheer pleasure just getting to know you better.

  65. Fran Wiest says:

    I love your row, a great depiction of a very interesting area, thanks!

  66. Becky T says:

    I sooo want to take a train ride!!!

  67. Susan says:

    I love trains and would love to see this place in person. Thanks for the history and the block.

  68. Joyce Carter says:

    I LOVE this row! It would be beautiful in a child’s room or for anyone that loves trains (Like my 25 year old grandson). Thank you for sharing.

  69. Sandy Wootten says:

    I love your road home. Actually I love all your designs. Thank you for your generosity.

  70. Monica says:

    Trains. I tried to get a caboose in my row but gave up. I tried to make it tooo detailed.

  71. Susan Spiers says:

    What a wonderful place you call home – great block-thank you, Susan

  72. Lori Morton says:

    Love your Row!! The idea for putting Family pictures in the windows is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing! & for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  73. Janet Parde says:

    I love your work! This train is wonderful and I like the idea of photos in the windows.

  74. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love your quilt block and the story you shared. I always enjoy the historical backgrounds!

  75. Your row is beautiful and really represents the train and the mountains so well!

  76. Marcia Fette says:

    Thank you for the time you spent making this beautiful row. I appreciate your generosity.

  77. Chris says:

    I love the train. It looks like a fun ride.

  78. Nancy says:

    Ohhhh, love your little mountain train…such a fun quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  79. Allie says:

    One of my favorite rows – this is amazing, love it so much!