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Quilt Bomb 3

It’s that time of the year. Kids are crazy excited because it’s sunny outside, the days are long and there is water to play in. Moms are happy to have outdoor playtime, maybe a little anxious at the long days ahead, but happy to relax the schedule a bit.
The school year is winding down for my son in second grade, and I wanted to share with you a display in the hallway outside his classroom that I really enjoyed.
I think his favorite subject is social studies (other than Phys. Ed.) and this year they were really focused on state history, including the Civil War. One of the subjects studied was the Underground Railroad.
I was really excited that they were taught about the role of quilts in aiding the slaves’ quest for freedom during the American Civil war. For the displays pictured, each child created their own quilt block with paper. My son explained to me that the blocks depicted in the quilts were used to communicate with the slaves searching for freedom.
Safe houses might display a quilt in front of the home to indicate the slave was would be protected there. Symbols on the quilts might tell them what to expect on their journey. My son’s block, the boat (above bottom) might indicate a river crossing.
I also read an account that indicated that the slaves who were planning an escape used quilts to tell each  other what they needed to do, or what stage of the plan they needed to prepare for. Historical accounts indicate that nobody knows for certain what the quilts represented or how they were used specifically. These are just guesses.
It makes me really happy to think about how an art form that I love so much has such important history….and that second graders are learning about it!
Think about all the eras in quilting, from Victorian Crazy Quilts, the Underground Railroad, Gee’s Bend, 1930’s, and now the enormous variety we see in Modern Quilting.
I feel lucky as a quilter to have access to such gloriously beautiful fabrics and useful tools, but having these things also makes me recognize how miraculous the old-time quilts are.
Just Thoughts.
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9 thoughts on “Quilt Bomb 3

  1. ~Diana says:

    My daughter, who loves to quilt, is very excited to do an underground railroad quilt. I’ve shared your blog with her…it will make her happy 🙂

  2. Helen L says:

    I just found you through pinterest ( sewkindof wonderful’s board) and just had to tell you that I LOVE your Twirling Fans pattern!!! I saw it and just gasped, and it is in my Craftsy cart already!! It is just stunning!! I so admire those of you who can take a traditional pattern and tweek it and make it new and wonderful!!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  3. Nifty Quilts says:

    Kids have the best design sense, just naturally. Thanks for showing it!

  4. Polly says:

    Apnaerptly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin’ ’bout.

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  6. This is a tricky question. I do not think you be able to find all references. If a person is weak and can not be seen by their works, chances are that someone will be there to do it for them. Friends, neighbors, family. Can you talk to your teacher and ask for another assignment – one, where there are instructions available?

  7. michèle, je pense qu’il s’agit plutôt d’une ressemblance de prononciation : je clous/ je clos ont pu se prononcer de la même façon.Ceci dit, et pour reprendre votre idée, cela faisait une belle économie pour le croque-mort, qui en maniant son marteau autour du cercueil n’avait qu’un mot à dire.

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