Did you know that "ladies nights" date back 2 centuries? (Yes, we're talking about quilting!).
When making a quilt, the top usually was pieced by one person, but the quilting often was done by a group of friends as quilting bees started to become popular around 1800. These parties were an important social activity: all of the stages of a woman’s life--girlhood, marriage, child raising, and death were shared with the women of her community over the quilting frame. Quilting bees were also an excuse to get together, gossip, and socialize (while having something to show for the time spent!). Women would share family news, exchange recipes, give child-rearing tips and all in all support each other. It has been said that next to church going quilting bees were the primary contact for women, when families lived far away from each other, the quilting bee days were a reprieve from isolation. Entire families would travel far to participate in these social events, and the women would sew while the men and children played.These sessions, often spanning the length of an entire day, ended with a supper of roast chicken or turkey. The men usually arrived in time for the feast, after which there followed singing and dancing.