The Quilting Bee
The following article is from Source:Strickland, 1853, and deals specifically with "quilting bees" in Canada, but applies about as well to those in Southwestern Virginia.
The quilts are generally made of patchwork, and the quilting, with down or wool, is done in a frame. Some of the gentlemen are not mere drones on these occasions, but make very good assistants under the superintendence of the Queen-bees. The quilting bee usually concludes with a regular evening party. The young people have a dance. The old ones look on. After supper, the youthful visitors sing or guess charades. Mirth, good to which they have humour, and pleasant company, generally abound at these quilting-bees, which are not liable to the serious objections which may be made against other bees in Canada.
If several gentlemen receive an invitation to tea, they may be assured that their services are required at a quiltiug-bee, which often is followed by courtship and matrimony: indeed it is one of the methods taken by the Canadian Cupid to ensnare hearts and provide work for Hymen.