This block is called Wagon Tracks. Here is the pattern we received:
As usual, Quilter's Cache has a wonderful set of instructions, too.
These blocks took a bit longer to put together. It took me a bit more than two hours to sew all 4 blocks. I love the way they look in this arrangement. I'm still not sure how I will put the final quilt together. But there is no hurry to decide, this class lasts until August 2010!
We also had a short history lesson about pioneer wagons, wagon trains, and what the pioneers would carry with them across the plains. The thing that I had never heard of was a constitution for a wagon train. It made sense to have a plan and a contract of sorts that everyone in the party could agree to.
Here are a few links that give the same information that our quilting instructor gave us:
Wagon Train Constitution
The Oregon Trail
The Emigrant Road
Links to Trails West