Friday, October 17, 2014

Feed Sack Fun!

So, I happen to work at a quilt shop.  Surprising, I know.  And the owner knows well my love for all things vintage.  So when a woman comes in saying that she has a tub full of feed sacks, she gave her my number.  I thought she might be looking to sell them, but she was actually looking for someone to piece together a couple of quilts for her.  I don't usually do a lot of commissioned quilts, but once I saw the fabric, I knew I just had to do it.  I mean they were still in their sack form!

She seperated them into a pile of blues and greens and a pile of pinks and yellows and asked me to make two double sized quilts.  She picked a very easy pattern of quarter square triangles that looks very patchworky and shows off all of the fabrics nicely.

Here is the stack of blues and greens all washed and clean ready to go.

 Here are the blocks I have so far.  I think I should have the top finished tonight. This is SUCH a fun project!  I can't help but think about the history of this fabric as I cut and sew it.  I wish it could talk.
 Here is a close up of some of the blocks.  Aren't they fun?
More pictures to come soon!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fun indeed!
    Last year I finished a quilt for a woman (her dad had started it). The fabrics were not feedsacks, but had a similar colorful eclecticism. They were so cheerful that they lifted my spirits all the time I was working on the quilt.

  2. So jealous! That would be fun to work with---maybe you can sneak some scraps for yourself once you're all done.

  3. I loved seeing your photo of the feed sacks in their 'original' form. I have always wondered what they looked like before they were cut and sewn into quilts or garments. The quilt top is looking lovely!

  4. What a fun project for you! It's fascinating to me that such mundane objects as feed sacks were made with such delightful prints.

  5. Oh my gosh, how gorgeous are those! LOVE them. Too bad she didn't want to sell them, but getting to piece with them is the next best thing. Very well done on those triangles!

  6. Beautiful! I also love to imagine what stories some of my flea market find quilts could share.