By: Erma H. Kirkpatrick
Every spring for fifty-four years the small North Carolina community of Eli Whitney has held a quilting. Originally proposed as a means of bringing together parents of students who attended the Eli Whitney School, “Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party” has outlasted the school. It is an event which has been and continues to be significant in the life of the community.
I have traced the history of “Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party” from its beginning in 1932 through the most recent one in 1986.
Information comes from newspaper files, conversations with faithful attenders and other community members, and from my own personal experience as a participant for the last