Debra Wagner's "Rail Through the Rockies" is one of those quilts I have seen in magazines and books, and just last week my friend Madge sent me the pattern, found in the "Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts" book. Thank you, Madge!!
The quilt was made in 1990, it is 70" x 92" and it won first place in the professional traditional pieced quilt category of the 1991 American Quilter's Society show in Paducah. It was designated a Masterpiece Quilt by the National Quilting Association in 1992, the first such recognition for an entirely machine-worked quilt. It appeared on the cover and inside American Quilter Magazine, Winter 1991, Vol. VII, No. 4, as well as Wagner's 1994 book.
There are more than 4000 pieces in the quilt, and it was made with what Wagner called "striplate" piecing, which is basically paper foundation piecing. It was fun to read about it and see the pattern because this quilt predates other foundation pieced examples of the "New York Beauty" design by a few years.
My friend Georgia sent me some other clippings a while back, and those materials supported the information about Wagner's method of foundation piecing.
|information sent to me by my friend Georgia|
I have learned a lot about foundation piecing recently, and I have to thank Madge for directing me to several great resources. Two of those were the books, "Precision Pieced Quilts Using the Foundation Method" and "Firm Foundations" by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood.