Quilting is and has always been a social event. The American pioneers lived in harsh conditions, often isolated from other families. Sewing, and particularly quilting, brought people together.
Women organized quilting bees, where they gathered together and jointly sewed a quilt, often a whole day’s work with lunch and dinner, which they also prepared together. The result of a quilting bee was a beautiful, personal quilt, perhaps for a young woman’s hope chest.
Quilting still offers that social function. The need to get together and create something is as great as it ever was, and quilting is steadily growing in popularity as a group activity.