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July 16th, 2009, 12:57 PM
I saw this mentioned at a quilt show I was at a while back and was wondering if anyone had any information about the quilts they used along the trail slaves used to escape to the north? Anyone ever made one? Are they hard? I thought it would be a fun project if I can figure it out.

July 16th, 2009, 02:11 PM
oooh! I'd love to learn more myself!! I will look into it, and see if I can find anything out about it.


July 16th, 2009, 03:19 PM
Here a few really informative links for you! This is very interesting! Good Luck!

http://eliot.needham.k12.ma.us/technolo ... uilts.html (http://eliot.needham.k12.ma.us/technology/lessons/allaboard/quilts.html)



July 16th, 2009, 07:19 PM
Thanks Natalie. That was very interesting. I did not know anything about the use of quilts to warn and protect the slaves.

July 17th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Thanks Natalie!! There is so much information out there. I love learning the history about different quilts. Thanks Jeannibee, for bringing this up!!

July 17th, 2009, 09:42 PM
Natalie!! Those links helped a lot, I think I'm going to try this!! Take a look at this example I found once I figured out what to search for (on the NSA website of all places :lol: )
Slave Quilt example at NSA (http://www.nsa.gov/about/_images/pg_hi_res/slave_quilt.jpg)

I'm really excited! How cool would this be, and what a story!

July 18th, 2009, 12:35 AM
WOW, that is so cool! I'd love to see what you make, Jeanniebee. Keep us informed!

Quilt Vader
July 18th, 2009, 03:01 AM
Not meaning to be a downer, :V but I have done some follow up also on the Underground Railroad Quilts,,, and there is some controversy as to the accuracy of those stories.

July 18th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Come on Quilt Vader, out with it. Tell us what you know :D

July 18th, 2009, 08:55 PM
There's always controversy and because it had to be such a secret, who knows if we'll ever really know :) It's still a fun idea! I'd love to hear what you have heard though qv :V
I still struggle to understand how these quilts really gave instructions but they are pretty.
I really like the wagon wheel block! I'd love to make a whole quilt of that... I think :? I have such a hard time deciding on anything!