Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Railroad Crossing Quilt Block


I found the pattern for this Railroad Crossing block in Modern Patchwork, published by Farm Journal in 1970.  A free on-line pattern with the same pattern pieces but a color variation and a different name can be found at:  http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BuckeyeBeautyBlock.html  This block is placed on point and is the 6th block of my Starwood Sampler Quilt, made to tell the story of my home and community.   

The railroad played an important part in the history of the Pikes Peak region.  General William J. Palmer came west in 1871 to found the city of Colorado Springs and to start the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.  Passenger trains would stop for ten minutes in my community to take on water from the lake - essential for steam trains.  For $1.50, passengers from Denver could get off for a day of picnicking, wildflower hikes, fishing, and boating.

Although the last passenger train went through in 1971, the railroad still impacts my community.  The trains carry coal now.  Summer concerts in the park are good-naturedly interrupted by the train passing alongside.  The abandoned Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad bed has become a 20-mile hiking trail.  And you can count on occasionally getting stuck at the railroad crossing, waiting for a train to pass by!  Train enthusiasts love my community, and I often see them - camera in hand - waiting to photograph a coming train. 
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  1. When trains come to mind, I tend to think of passenger trains like we have here in Tokyo. Returning to visit my kids, in each home at night, as I lay in bed. I could hear those long lonely sounds of distant trains moving through the night... so different but so familiar to a past I had nearly forgotten.

  2. I love that phrase "good-naturedly interrupted" as it reminds me of my pastor father having every Sunday sermon paused due to the train that cut angled about a block from the church and parsonage. He would stop talking and stand with a bemused look on his face and then get right back to where he was in the sermon. Why compete with a blasting whistle at around 1115?

    I love the stories about your area that you are including in your posts.

  3. I love trains, and my husband and I used to do train chasing here and there. This is a great block.


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