Quilt Making

Chickasaw Culture Keepers

Peggy Immohotichey grew up in a large rural household, in which quilting was less of a hobby and more of a way to provide warmth during the harsh winters. She learned from her grandmother and other elders how to sew the quilts by hand from materials such as flour sacks and old clothes. Now she continues to practice the art of quilting and creates her own beautiful patterns, using wildflowers and other aspects of nature for inspiration. Peggy describes how to form patterns and explains how time-intensive a single quilt can be. Worried that quilting is at risk of becoming a lost art even among the Chickasaws, she is dedicated to passing on the tradition and is in the process of teaching her granddaughter her techniques.