|Sampler Quilt Blocks|
The names of the quilt blocks are fascinating and very much rooted in American history, politics, and religion. Churn Dash, for example, may have been devised as a safehouse sign to runaway slaves, though some quilt scholars dispute this as a bit of an urban myth. The Shoo Fly block is much favoured by Amish quilters. It is named after the wild flower, clover bloom, a member of the deadly nightshade family, whose juices were mixed with milk to make a natural fly killer! Hence 'shoo fly'!