30 years a slave, 4 years at the White House. A quilt made by Elizabeth Keckley, a woman born into slavery who became a distinguished writer and seamstress. This quilt is said to be made from scraps of Mary Todd Lincoln's dresses.
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.
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