Quilting patterns in the Underground Railroad

Quilting patterns in the Underground Railroad

 The meanings of the patterns are written in blue.

Bear’s Paw  

Follow the bear’s tracks. Bears know where to find food.

Drunkard`s Path

On the journey you will have to take a zig-zag path.

Flying Geese  

Travel in the direction of the migrating geese.


Start dressing up because you’re getting close to the North where blacks are free. 

Bow Tie

Clothes may get dirty during the journey.

North Star 

Follow the north star to safety.

Log Cabin 

This is a safe house for runaway slaves to stay in.

Monkey Wrench

Be prepared. Gather tools for the journey.


You are close to a  place where two paths cross.