The eldest daughter of Martha Jane Pettway (1898-2003), Plummer T. Pettway was, like her mother, an active quiltmaker for over sixty years. Bettie Bendolph Seltzer talks about her cousin and friend.
Her daddy was Little Pettway, her mother was my aunt, Martha Jane, my daddy Jacob Bendolph's sister. She was a hardworking lady, used to go to the fields and hoe, pick cotton, pull corn—they had to do all that at them times. She was baptized and joined the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She married Famous Pettway and was a good wife to him, far as I know, and had six children with him. She didn't get around all that much, not like her sister Joanna. Joanna was a busybody, loved the highway. Any time you call her, she was ready. Plummer T. wasn't like that. Quiet lady, but she listened.
She quilt in a lot of places. They used to go from place to place helping each other. Had a little something like a quilting group. They make things for Reverend Walter and send them up there when he first started the bee off. We all used to make "house quilts" at home to sell to the bee, at first. They didn't like Plummer T. "house quilts" up there, so she just do the quilting for people. They quilt at Mattie Ross's house, and they quilt at the old house next to Aolar Mosely—Ruth and Wisdom Jr. had lived there, but after they go, they used that as a quilting house. And they quilted in a little house over the creek, across that bridge toward John Gragg house. And up to the Senior Citizen site—they had a group up there—Louella, Marie, Linda, Arlonzia, Annette, and them. So that was her life, the fields and making quilts. She loved to quilt.