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Underground Railroad reproduction
Beth Donaldson top's maker, and John Putnam, quilter
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan
Cotton with cotton/polyester filling
72 1/2” x 96 1/2”
MSUM TC2001.2
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

This quilt was inspired by another Underground Railroad quilt in the collection of the Michigan State University Museum.

The design is a dynamic combination of plain blocks and pieced blocks in the Underground Railroad (also called Jacob's Ladder) and Grandmother's Fan patterns. The colors of the original quilt are soft and lovely and, since the original was made relatively recently, it is fairly easy to find fabrics and duplicate it. Beth thought it would be interesting to reverse the color palette in the reproduction to show a different view of the quilt. To add variety and show a scrappy approach as well, she placed her blocks of soft blues and a full range of yellows on a background of several deep navys.

The pattern for this reproduction can be found in Great Lakes, Great Quilts.

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