Martha Jane Pettway's daughter Joanna Pettway lived her entire life with her mother, who helped her raise twelve children in a small project house.
We were kind of a big family—seven sisters and five brothers. Back then we cut dresses to make quilts. Go to the field, pick cotton. Go to the gin, wrap it up, put the padding on the quilt. We just enjoyed it. This time of year, the cotton opens up. We pick cotton and go to quilting, after you finish with the cotton, you go back to quilting. All the time, something to do all the time.
It isn't like it used to be. Used to have fun taking quilts from one house to the other one. Get out quilts down here, go up there, get it out there, then go up to that one. Quilt so many in a day.
We're just sitting down thinking back about old times—how they do and what they do. And looking for days to come.