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In a message dated 7/17/00 9:45:02 AM Central Daylight Time, kimberly
<< There was a neat book I read awhile back about a girl who was a slave. She
worked as a seamstress in the main house. Using scraps of fabric she was
given she created a quilt that was really a map that led slaves to the first
station on the Underground Railroad. Does anyone recognize this book? >>
Kimberly - This book is titled "Freedom Quilt" unfortunately I have forgotten
the author. I read this book to my thrid graders and then I did a large
patchwork quilt with embroidery - 60 kids!!!. and it turned out so well. We
planned it so that the river
ran through the middle from top left to lower right and the plantation area
at the top
had more geometric patterns and man-made shapes. As we reached the middle
we felt we were on the way to the "freedom land" and we changed our patterns
to more colorful ones and natural shapes such as animals and flowers. It was
a beautiful quilt and became a source of comfort for many -as our beloved
nurse died suddenly of a heart attack. We decided to dedicate it to our
we shed tears and talked of fond rememberances as we sewed and embroidered.
This was displayed at our local library and given a special award. When our
graders graduated from fifth grade we presented this quilt to our nurses
for her safe keeping.
I stitched the top quilt to a large bed sheet and we put tie stitches through
Even the boys loved this sewing project and the embroidery!!! Roberta
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