Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad, by Charlotte Lindsey. Photo by India Brantley.

We kick off Black History Month with a quilt that is simply called Underground Railroad. It was featured in the January 31, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter, and it was created by Charlotte Lindsey.
 Many people believe that quilts were used to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. A book called Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline Tobin attempts to document that history.
The blocks in this quilt are from a book by Eleanor Burns who based these blocks on ideas from Tobin’s book. Quilters call these blocks the Underground Railroad blocks.

Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte challenged herself by making each block in this quilt only six inches square! The entire quilt measures 30 x 44 inches when the sashing and the border is included.
This quilt was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. It is part of Charlotte’s permanent collection of heirloom quilts.

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