Tending and befriending: The intertwined relationships of quilters

Kathleen W. Piercy, Cheryl Cheek

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Using the convoy model of social relations, we explored the contributions of quilting activities to the relationships of middle- and older-aged women in three distinct groups: Amish, Appalachian, and Latter Day Saints. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten women from each group and analyzed qualitatively using McCracken's five-step method for analysis of long interviews. We found that these women had considerable horizontal and vertical connections to others. Specifically, they exhibited generativity by teaching their skills to others, building bonds with grandchildren through quilting, and leaving legacies through their quilts. Many developed friendships with other quilters that provided social support to deal with life challenges. Additional study of the contributions of mid-late life women's leisure activities to their social milieu, personal development, and well-being is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-33
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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