Quilts — What They Were; What They Are: Midday Meeting, Wed., 10.14 @ 1 pm

Quilts — What They Were; What They Are: Midday Meeting, Wed., 10.14 @ 1 pm

How often have you heard someone say, “My grandmother used to quilt. I wish I knew how.” Quilting, as it was done “back in the day,” is almost a lost art.

Join us at the second Wednesday of the month for our Midday Meeting; this month it will be on October 14th. We gather at 1:00 pm for lunch (bring a bag lunch). Our program gets started about 1:30 and we are usually done before 3 p.m.

Delilah Marrow will share her story as a quilter, show some of her beautiful quilts, and talk about how quilts helped fugitives of slavery to escape via the Underground Railroad.

Quilts were designed with special patterns which gave information to those seeking to escape from slavery in the South. For example, a quilt with the Monkey Wrench pattern would be displayed through a window or on a fence. The Monkey Wrench pattern, meant “gather everything you think you will need for the journey.” It was not uncommon to hang quilts in this fashion to “air out” or freshen up. Therefore, the slave owners did not realize that the slaves were sending a message to fugitives going north.

In addition to the quilts, there were songs that were sung with code words such as “Wade in the Water.” That meant, get into the river so your tracks could not be followed. The people trying to escape from slavery had to be very, very creative. They did not wait for someone to rescue them, they were thinking and planning all of the time. We will talk about more of these codes at our gathering.

Please join us. All are welcome, membership not required.