Although unproven, many believe that quilts were hung on clotheslines and draped over porch railings to send messages to fleeing slaves.
As the slaves traveled north, spotting a quilt made with the Shoo Fly pattern allowed the slaves to identify a person that might guide or help them; a person who helped slaves escape along the Underground Railroad and knew the codes.
This quilt-in-the-hoop block has also been published as:
"The Eight-Cornered Box", (The American Farmer 1896)
"Fence Row, (Kansas City Star, 1931)
"Fifty-Four Forty or Fight", Nancy Cabot, Chicago City Tribune
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Machine instructions for 5 and 8 inch blocks
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