The quilts for them were just a part of life. You needed them to keep warm. Often times they relied on them solely, for staying warm at night. I've no doubt that women that could make quilts were valuable wives/mothers, as it was a necessity as store bought quilts were not an option for them due to finances. (Lack of!)
- I cried often during the play (to be fair, I am an easy crier. I cry when sad AND when happy!) Here is a disjointed list of thoughts I had during/after the play:
- I need to be thankful for the women and men who broke their backs working cotton fields (this is discussed as family history in the play.)
- I am very fortunate to be able to make art quilts, that I have so much fabric and materials that are available to me. I do not have to scrimp and save scraps from clothes to "save up" to stitch a quilt!
- I am humbled by the fact that the Gee's Bend women (and no undoubtedly elsewhere too) were given something none of the women there had before - financial freedom. They may not have made a ton, but most saw more money for their quilts than they had ever made. And it was THEIR money.
- There is a message in the play about locked doors versus an open door - this message has stuck with me now, and it's meaning is deeper than you first realize.
- Lastly, I would see it again!