Friday, 10 September 2010

Underground Railroad Sampler

A photograph from the 1880s of Harriet Tubman with some she helped to escape
from slavery, along with members of their families.

My friends over at the PP Forum are just starting an Underground Railroad sampler quilt. Tessa (a Canadian) is leading us through this fascinating block of the month, starting with a Jacob's Ladder block. You can read more about it here.

I don't have a colour scheme in mind, though I thought it would be interesting to include reproduction fabrics from the 1800s. This red/white fabric is a William Morris print which is called 'willow boughs' from 1887.

I have also decided to sew this quilt by hand, to offer it up as a prayer for those who are still held captive in slavery today, that one day they too will taste freedom.

Here is a beautiful meditation on erinsblog.typepad.
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  1. What a fun BOM! Yours will be beautiful, I am sure!

  2. I am excited to watch your progress on the Underground Railroad quilt.One of my favorite quilts I have made is my UGRR with a feathered star bordered medallion. I used Eleanor Burns book and was so touched by the story behind each block. My extra block was Road to Oklahoma my home state.

  3. There is something very satisfying about hand piecing. The book is really interesting but I don't have time to take on anything else at the moment so I shall watch your progress with interest.