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.
The free download of My Road to Tehachapi, (12″x 40″), is available until the end of October 2016.
At 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.
You 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.
Click on either image to take you to the site to register to win a CD-ROM of machine embroidery designs.
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!
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.
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
created a row for Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
created a row for Adelaide South Australia
created a row for Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
created a row for Alberta, Canada
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
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
created a row for Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
created a row for Toronto, Ontario Canada
created a row for New Milford, Connecticut
Words & Stitches
created a row for Mt. Hood, Oregon
created a row for Africa
created a row for West Michigan Shoreline
created a row for Port Angeles, Washington
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
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
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
Cheryl LaPlant featured At Quilt In Piece
created a row for York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
created a row for New Hampshire
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
Show N Tell Day TBA