Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Underground Railroad Sampler Quilt!
A while ago, I stitched this Underground Railroad quilt top from blocks I made through a local quilt shop's sampler workshop, based on Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day. I loved using the reproduction civil war fabrics and the patterns which were mostly new to me. And I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture series supported by the shop.
A local woman and friend of mine, Karen Simpson, who teaches African American quilting and who also lectures in our area came to the quilt shop and brought her own Underground Railroad quilt made on consignment for the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens show that year. She talked about the various myths and beliefs accorded the patterns belonging to the Underground Railroad blocks and provided a thoroughly fascinating journey of her own quilting adventures.