Working with and learning from her mother, Arie Pettway, Nazareth Major started early as a quiltmaker, but arthritis brought a premature end to her work. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.
I was about fourteen or fifteen; Mama went to Camden to get a rooftop for the house and she had said she was going to put up a quilt when she got back. While she was gone, I put up the quilt on the horses she had made. When she got home, I was out in the yard under the chinaberry tree quilting. She had to ask, "Who put that quilt in the frame?" I was always so nosy; I did whatever I saw my mama doing.
I loved piecing and quilting. I made quilts at home for the quilting bee. Sometimes I would quilt them, too. Mrs. Witherspoon would get some of the prettiest cloth. I like things to look odd. I collect odd big rocks to put in my yard—don't like things looking perfect. I don't like the new stuff. I like antiques. I love garage sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army.