Myths and Quilts

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Myths and Quilts

I found this story reported yesterday online in Time. In Unravelling the Myth of Quilts and the Underground Railroad oral historian Laurel Horton tries to trace and debunk the story of how coded signs on quilts helped slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Quilters will find this interesting.


  1. Absolutely fascinating. I had never heard about this but it doesn’t surprise me. I see a lot of quilts who use symbols words and messages. I quite often have a look through somehow we all like to leave our mark in some way or form. I also use the symbols as inspiration for new stitch patterns for seams when I get stuck for ideas. Thanks for sharing this story.

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