Wednesday, February 3

Block of the Month....Day 2

Block #2: Shoofly

Do you ever wonder how a quilt block was created or if it served a special meaning? Might just be my curious mind, but I decided to do a little research into the blocks to see if I find anything.

I discovered this block was not accidentally created by a person trying to "shoo a fly" but according to a Quilt Codes website used on the Underground Railroad. Apparently this block was used to show travelers of a person who can guide and help, a person who would help slaves escape along the way, and a person who could help decipher codes of those traveling.

Truly amazing is it not that something we all consider a hobby, passion, or simply fun had such a huge impact and played such an important role to slaves who were traveling on the Underground Railroad?

No comments:

Post a Comment