(Transcribed and unedited story from a WPA
(Works Projects Administration) author from Pike County, Alabama)
Written by Lois Lynn
Quilting parties are still prevalent in the rural sections of Pike County. Usually, the home at which these parties are to be held have from 6 to 10 quilts to be quilted. Neighbors in the community are invited, (sometimes totaling 10 or 18) for a spend the day party. One quilt at a time is put in frames which are suspended from the ceiling; they are marked off in sections, each quilter having a section.
It is customary to give a prize to the women who finishes her section first and also to the one who completes the most sections.
Hostess prepares a feast
The hostess, with one or two of the quilters, or hired help, spends the morning preparing the dinner. It is usually a feast for there is always much rivalry among the hostesses of such parties who try to excel the other in serving an elaborate meal. As a rule every known tasty southern dish is served at these quiltings.
The entire afternoon is devoted to quilting; there is a certain amount of enjoyment for along with the work the quilters participate in telling jokes and stories of various kind. During the late afternoon, just before the batch of quilts are finished, cold drinks and cookies are served.
The parties disband about sundown for each woman has a certain amount of night chores awaiting them at home.
Prior to statehood, Alabama was a vast wilderness with a large Native American population. It is only natural that when new immigrants from other states arrived, conflicts over the land would arise. Soon, these small conflicts exploded into war.
Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.
Some stores include:
- Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
- Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
- Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
- Hillabee Massacre
- Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
- Red Eagle After The War