Friday, 1 March 2013

New block for Quilt from around the world

Well here is March and Hive 3 has its new 12 inch block to make. This one is called Sawtooth Star and our Queen Bee this Month lives in  Virginia USA.

The colours for this block are red/blue for the star ( any shade) with a medium grey solid from the background. And the sashing is to have stars.

Here is a little bit of history about this block;

This block goes by two names, The North Star and Sawtooth, it's a very traditional block that appears in lots of history books about quilts. It is said to have been used as a signal on the Underground Rail Road during the 1800's. Escaped slaves travelled at night following the North Star, the quilt's other name. If you supported anti-slavery you hung this quilt out during the day and night to let the slaves know you were a safe house. Not much is know about the Underground RailRoad, it was a secert organisation to help escaping slaves.

It is also said that, this block gets it’s name from the triangles that are reminiscent of a saw’s cutting edge.

Once I have choosen my fabric I shall be back to show you, also I should have it all cut out by then too.

See you soon and thank for stopping by.

Keep sewing....

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