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Reproductions, Today’s polymer clay quilter is Jennifer Patterson from Minnesota. Jennifer’s designs are meticulous reproductions of traditional quilt patterns. For example, this polymer clay pin replicates an Underground Railroad Sampler and shows how slaves used the quilt block patterns as code to help navigate their escape.

# Underground Railroad # Quilt at Bristol Welcome Center

The Edwards History and Genealogy Center ... Sampler Quilt for the Underground Railroad

The Quilt Club of Linden, Texas gave a history lesson in how quilt patterns were used to communicate secret messages to escaping slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Quilters teach lesson about Black History

Photo - Candice McKnight poses in front of a hand-made quilt containing pictures of members of the African-American Historical Genealogical #genealogy #familyhistory

Deborah Pettway Young (American, 1916-1997). “Roman Stripes” variation, c. 1960. The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibit at the Cleveland Art Museum

Quilt Code of the Underground Railroad

New Book Examines Black Quilts From Slavery to the White House. This quilt of President Obama was made by Riche Richardson, late of UC Davis, now of Cornell, and was displayed in Paris before the inauguration. (Keith Stevenson/photo)

Threads of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story in Quilts, Oberlin, Ohio

Threads of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story in Quilts

Slave quilts and pension reform

Readers sound off on slave quilts and pension reform

Slavery Quilt by Susan McEntee Comeaux

Civil War Speaker Series: Slave Quilts at the Jesse James Farm & Museum

Southern Quilter: Kadella, 1810

Southern Quilter: Dorothy Holden