The social aspects of quilting are confirmed by a loose affiliation of women who customarily gathered to quilt in recent decades at the home of Candis Pettway, the wife of another of Sally's and Esau's children, Tank. Candis and Tank had sixteen children of their own; for a time, they also took care of their niece Loretta Pettway. Tank Jr. can recall the origins of the quilting group:
After most of her children had gone, she went to work as a cook's helper over at the elementary school near her house. She got disabled by heart problems and couldn't work no more. She was in her late fifties. She had got so sick she couldn't do much of nothing. So she would get together with her auntie Allie Pettway, and Lucy Mingo, and Aunt Allie's daughter Lola [Pettway], and they'd sit out there, sewing under the old sugarball tree in the yard. They did that almost every afternoon till she passed.