Anonymous women quilting bee c. 1900

These women look like they’re having a grand time. Wonder what they chatted about while working on this quilt. Wonder what the quilt looks like, what colors those fabrics are.  Wonder who took the photograph. Was it staged? Did these women want to have a photograph taken of them working on a quilt?

Here’s an image of the cabinet card the close up comes from, the two-box telephone on the wall places it around 1900.