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Underground Railroad Quilt Codes

  • North Star

  • Monkey Wrench

    This block is easier than it looks. Cut 4 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 of one color and 4 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 of another.  Place one of each color right sides together. The square on the top fold back to make a triangle. Press. Open it back up and sew directly on the pressed line. Do this to the remaining 3. Then cut/trim oneside back to 1/4". Press Open and set aside.

    Step 2. Cut 5 - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares (This color will be your center square and outer squares. Cut 4 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" of the other color. Sew 4 sets of 2 (One of each color together.) Then take 2 sets and your last 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square sew between each set. When all sewn together the colors should be alternating. Press 

    Step 3 Take one set of your 2x2 set squares and 2 of your 4 x 4 squares. Sew the 1 set of two by two inbetween the 4x4's. Then do this to your other set.

    Step 4 Now sew your strip of 5 2x2's to the top half. Press seams so they inter lock with each other. Meaning one seam goes one way and the other seam in the other direction. Pin. Sew. Repeat with the bottom half. Presss open and flat.

    (There are many variations of this square. Play around with it!)

  • Flying Geese

  • Flying Geese

  • Drunkard's Path

  • Drunkards Path

    This is my attempt at Drunkards Path. This is an easy version. Learn how by watching any U tube videos.
  • Monkey Wrench

    This block is easier than it looks. Cut 4 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 of one color and 4 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 of another.  Place one of each color right sides together. The square on the top fold back to make a triangle. Press. Open it back up and sew directly on the pressed line. Do this to the remaining 3. Then cut/trim oneside back to 1/4". Press Open and set aside.

    Step 2. Cut 5 - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 squares (This color will be your center square and outer squares. Cut 4 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" of the other color. Sew 4 sets of 2 (One of each color together.) Then take 2 sets and your last 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square sew between each set. When all sewn together the colors should be alternating. Press 

    Step 3 Take one set of your 2x2 set squares and 2 of your 4 x 4 squares. Sew the 1 set of two by two inbetween the 4x4's. Then do this to your other set.

    Step 4 Now sew your strip of 5 2x2's to the top half. Press seams so they inter lock with each other. Meaning one seam goes one way and the other seam in the other direction. Pin. Sew. Repeat with the bottom half. Presss open and flat.

    (There are many variations of this square. Play around with it!)

  • Underground Railroad Quilt Codes

    There is a place in Memphis Tennessee I visited many years ago. I learned the underground Railroad was not "underground",  I learned different quilts were a language to slaves heading north for freedom. I found it very fascinating and very intelligent. I am sure some of the these Quilt squares have other meanings also. But I thought I would share with you how they were onced used to develop an important language not so long ago. Each month I will pick one square, copy the page of the revelance of the square and show you how to make it.  I will be making 2 of each square. All together there are 16. Each square will be 10" x 10". I hope you will join me on this journey! This will be a great time to use any scraps or old clothing you may have.

    I apologize I am a bit behind, You will see above that I have added the Drunkard's Path. If you would like to make this blog there is some great teaching videos on line. I am currently learning myself. I will post my results later. Here are the other blocks I have completed.

    Monkey Wrench

    Wagon Wheel