By: Laurel Horton
The Chattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD) meet regularly in Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in traditional dance. Over a twenty-year period, members of this group have also made quilts to celebrate weddings and births. This study examines quiltmaking as an incidental activity among a group whose members do not consider themselves quilters. Interviews with CCD participants revealed a high degree of commonality and cohesiveness, and demonstrated ways in which quiltmaking activity and the quilts themselves express the core values of the group. Display of the quilts at an annual festival continues to celebrate and reinforce the social networks that persist among a group of mobile, middle-class individuals. Although the Chattahoochee Country Dancers do not fit standard definitions of “folk” and “community,” the author argues that the shared behaviors, experiences, and values expressed through their quilts support the members’ own characterization of themselves as a community.