54/40 or Fight by Jennie Rayment

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54/40 or Fight by Jennie Rayment

Easy-peasy way to make this great traditional design. This is the Tri-Recs way – oh sew simple! The points are so accurate.


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The Tri Recs Tools is not essential but it does make the patchwork much quicker, easier and more accurate.

Some ideas contained in the books which we thought you might like to see:

The first is from Quilts from Lavender Hill Farm and is featured as January


and this is fromGinnie’s Patchwork Exercise Book II.


For those who like the story behind the design….

AND a big apology – I got the name wrong … You just can’t get the staff these days!

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!
The Development of the Boundary Between the U.S. and Canada

In 1818, the United States and the United Kingdom (controlling British Canada) established a joint claim over the Oregon Territory – the region west of the Rocky Mountains and between 42° North and 54°40′ North (the southern boundary of Russia’s Alaska territory).

Joint control worked for over a decade and a half but ultimately, the parties decided that joint occupancy wasn’t working well so they set about to divide Oregon.

The 1844 Democratic presidential candidate James K. Polk ran on a platform of taking control over the entire Oregon Territory and used the famous campaign slogan, “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!” (after the line of latitude serving as the northern boundary of Oregon at 54°40′). Polk’s plan was to claim and go to war over the entire territory for the United States.

Polk won the election with a popular vote of 1,337,243 to Henry Clay’s 1,299,068 (the electoral vote yielded Polk 170 votes vs. 105 for Clay).

Through negotiations with the British after Polk’s inauguration, the boundary between the U.S. and British Canada was established at 49° with the Treaty of Oregon in 1846. The exception to the 49th parallel boundary is that it turns south in the channel separating Vancouver Island with the mainland and then turns south and then west through the Juan de Fuca Strait. This maritime portion of the boundary wasn’t officially demarcated until 1872.

The 54 40 boundary line for the Oregon Territory forms the northern boundary of the state of Washington and the southern boundary of Canada.  Oregon is directly south of Washington.  The border between the two states is the Columbia River.


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