Maggie Benning is the mother of Willie Ann And Sarah Benning and taught them both to quilt. Willie Ann talks about the old days:
We farmed in the one block behind the house in the same area I live in now. Sit around the fireplace and piece, and hang the quilt from the loft. Seebell and Luvinia Kennedy would come and quilt. My oldest and two others would go quilt from house to house. Quilts made of bought material left over from making clothes. Mama was Maggie Benning. She made most of our clothes when we were small. We made quilts out of our old dresses when we got to be teenagers.
Sisters all worked together on the quilt. Mama was the main quilter. She would beat the cotton out and put the lining on the floor, and whip into the frames. We could hang it up till the next day.