Quilt club recreates Civil War era masterpieces

Eloise DeSpain’s finished Underground Railroad quilt.

Owned and operated by Dale and Carol Patton, Canyon Rose hosts a club called The First Saturday Club. Every first Saturday of the month, starting in February of this year, the club attends a Sampler Class. Each participant pays $5 to learn how to complete a block pattern for a top of a quilt.

This year’s theme is “Underground Railroad,” taught by designer Eloise DeSpain.

The Underground Railroad Quilt is more that just a quilter’s masterpiece, it is a story in itself.

In Civil War times, the blocks on each quilt were used as secret symbols to inform escaping slaves as to when it was safe to come in or when it was not. Each block of the quilt became a symbol telling a story. These blocks joined together became more than a blanket, it became a symbol of freedom.

The Canyon Rose Quilt Company will be hosting a new sampler class for next year with a new quilt telling a new story.

If you are interested and would like to attend, sign up will begin after the first of the year. Stop by the Canyon Rose Quilt Company and pay Carol and Eloise a visit and let them tell you the story that is behind each and every quilt.

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