Quilting Bee ladies. Pioneer Daze. Methodist Church features quilts.

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Pioneer Village Historic Society Quilting Bee Picture

Quilting Bee

Here's a fun picture that was clipped and saved by someone in the past.  These Searcy ladies (who have no names except through husbands and we've complained about this in other blogs) are on the porch of the old house located in Pioneer Village in Searcy.  They have on period dress and are named.  It has no date saved so we can only guess about the time.  The one called Mrs. Jim Wilson is actually my sister-in-law with the nice name of Barbara and she was a Duncan before becoming Mrs. Wilson.  Some folks have said to me, "I know Barbara Duncan."  and they sorta disbelieve that I am now Barbara Duncan.  Look through them and see if you remember the ladies or the affair.

Comments (3)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Funny thing, for most of my working life, I thought it would be neat to spend part of my retirement quilting and doing pottery.  Now, I don't seem to have the patience!

Oct 06, 2021 05:49 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Bet it also sounds boring to you!


Oct 06, 2021 06:05 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I had to look up quilting bee to find the meaning.

Quilting bees originated during the nineteenth century and gained much popularity during that time and continued in popularity long after. A "bee" is another word for a party or social function and in this case, it's a quilting party, thus it was named "quilting bee." But it's much more than just a party.

So it could have been called a quilting party but bee is so much more catchy.

My mother spent a lot of time with other ladies making quilts. All of her's are sewn by hand except the edges done on a sewing machine.

I have 12 of her quilts. 

My daughter has a quilt made by her great grandmother that has panels created by each lady in the quilting bee in Los Angeles, CA and each lady stitched their name on the panel.

Oct 06, 2021 07:12 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Don, all of that is very interesting.  I also remember quilts but not any "bees."  To this day, I still don't like quilts because they remind me of being cold and having to cover up with those things.  Houses had no cha and it became very cold in South Georgia where I grew up.

Oct 07, 2021 05:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - photos like this one can reveal stories beyond the image even though the first names of the ladies in it are kept secret.  

Oct 07, 2021 04:00 AM
Barbara S. Duncan

That's right, Michael.  We do better now with our own identity.

Oct 07, 2021 05:37 AM