When I say ‘No empty seats’ I mean ‘No Empty Seats’!  OK ladies it’s your turn to fill up those seats, and by that I mean let’s make a passenger car for this month’s block.


This month’s block has lot’s of little pieces so go slow and make sure your finished sizes match the drawing.  Linda cuts out all her pieces from the cutting instructions list, pins a tag on each one identifying the part number and then starts to follow the rest of the instructions.


Strip One is easy to build this month, just cut it out!   .


Strip Two is the hardest and actually can be sewn as separate strips to make the final strip as follows: C1 sewn to S2, then make a strip starting with P2 to S3, then P2/S3 to P3, continue to add S3’s and P3’s finishing with another P2.  With this partial strip made, add on the SC sky corners to the upper left and upper right hand corners of the first P1 piece,  sew on this P1/SC piece to the top of the mini strip and another regular P1 to the bottom of the mini strip (to sew on the SC pieces look at the diagram below on how to do the corners for the wheels, the process is the same).  Sew the C1/S2 to the left hand end of the joined center section (mini strip/P1’s), repeat the C1/S2 for the right hand end, this completes the complicated strip two!  Whew!  (make sure your finished measurements let you end up with a 12 inch by 4 inch long strip).


Strip Three is built by making the W1 wheels the same as last month (see figures below), then sewing S4 to the completed W1, add the next W1, sew to S5, complete the right hand end and sew to complete strip three.

Chiloquilters Block of the Month Train Quilt, Block Four, Passenger Car

Strip Four is built by sewing G1 to E1.  Note:  Strips Three and Four will be repeated in most of the remaining blocks for the Train Quilt.


To complete the block sew the bottom of Strip One to the top of Strip Two, the bottom of Strip Two to the top of Strip Three (special note: these seams won’t line up for Strips Two and Three as the rectangles are all different sizes), and finally the bottom of Strip Three to the top of Strip Four.  Block Four complete!  Remember though that there are lot’s of passenger cars in a passenger TRAIN, and after all this is a TRAIN QUILT!.  You might need about 5 or 6 of these to complete your passenger train.


Start thinking about the finished size of your quilt as that will determine how many of the blocks you will need.  As an example a 6 x 7 block quilt will require 42 of these blocks to complete the quilt.  We will have dimensions for the more popular size quilts in future issues.

A special note from your editor, Linda and I are writing the instructions for these blocks and any and all criticism is greatly appreciated.  If you have a different way or a better way or have any kind of a question regarding this quilt, please drop us a line: Train Quilt, P.O. Box 927, Chiloquin, OR 97624 or linda@hobby-tronics.com or gazette@trainmountain.org

S1—1 piece sky material 4 1/2 x 12 1/2

S2—2 pieces sky material 1 1/2 x 4 1/2

S3—4 pieces sky material 1 1/2 x 1 1/2.

S4—2 pieces sky material 1  x 2 1/2

S5—1 piece sky material 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

SC—18 pieces sky material 1 x 1 (corners)

Cutting Instructions

Note:  These sizes include

the 1/4” seam allowance.

P1—2 pieces pass car material 2 x 10 1/2

P2—2 pieces pass car material 1 1/2 x 2

P3—3 pieces pass car material 1 1/2 x 1 1/2

C1—2 pieces dark material 1 1/2 x 1 (couplers)

G1—1 piece light gray material 1 x 12 1/2 (track)

E1—1 piece earth colors material 2 x 12 1/2 (earth)

W1—4 pieces dark material 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (wheels)

Passenger Car Block Copyright 2002-3

Printed with permission From Chiloquilters

Passenger Car Block Copyright 2002-3

Printed with permission From Chiloquilters