The Language of Quilts

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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.

cajun quilt language

Cajun Quilt Language

 

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 –

KansasTrouble

Kansas Troubles

When I just happen to look at the calendar and remember a commitment at the last minute –

MyLuckyStars

My Lucky Stars

When I back the van out of the garage and forget the Jeep is parked in the driveway. (#fenderbendermyself)

PatienceBlock

Patience

When I get to the end of back to back traveling commitments –

NoPlaceLikeHome

No Place Like Home

When I proudly make a grocery list – and stick to it –

TheFrugalPatch

Frugal Patch

 

When The Sister and I pass our 5th year in business Anniversary mark-

Memory

Memory

When something gets checked off the UFO list.

ShiningHour

Shining Hour

What quilt message would you use most often?

Thanks to the Quilter’s Cache for their line drawings.

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