Quilts are multilayered textiles that are made from a process known as quilting. They were commonly used as table clothes, table runners, wall hangings, and other forms of decoration. Historically though, the were most commonly used for bedding. Perhaps the most creative use of quilts occurred during the underground railroad. In the early and mid-nineteenth century, many slaves escaped from their masters via secret routes known as the Underground Railroad. Many quilts were designed with special patterns, serving as maps for many escaping slaves.