Cecilia is continuing the business her mother started, Pat’s Sacks. Her booth is filled with vintage fabric, sugar sacks, and all things 30’s – including great music playing. I enjoyed time in her booth very much and loved this handwritten memo she had hanging.
Cecilia’s memo reads:
Before telephones, Cajuns spread news by hanging quilts over the balustrades of their houses.
Each quilt had a special meaning.
A red quilt – political victory
A yellow quilt – quarantine
A blue quilt with a big white star – wedding in the making
A patchwork quilt – a big celebration – Mardi Gras, New Years, July 4th
One quilt hung out with the wash – a child has eaten too much watermelon.
It reminded me of the book I enjoyed reading a few years ago — Hidden in Plain View, written in 1999 by Raymond Dobard, Jr., an art historian, and Jacqueline Tobin, a college instructor in Colorado. I found their assertion fascinating that quilts may have been used to send coded messages to run away slaves.
Reading that book, and again when I saw Cecilia’s memo, I stopped to ponder – if I used quilts to send messages, which quilts would I use on different occasions?
During the NCAA basketball tournament –
When I just happen to look at the calendar and remember a commitment at the last minute –
When I back the van out of the garage and forget the Jeep is parked in the driveway. (#fenderbendermyself)
When I get to the end of back to back traveling commitments –
When I proudly make a grocery list – and stick to it –
When The Sister and I pass our 5th year in business Anniversary mark-
When something gets checked off the UFO list.
What quilt message would you use most often?
Thanks to the Quilter’s Cache for their line drawings.