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Thread: feed sack material

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    I was recently given material that was my husbands aunt who passed away. I found several different feed sack material pieces. Any ideas what to do with them? I'm so glad to have them. Does anyone use them in a quilt now or should I just keep them. they don't seem to be worn or fragile. They are thicker than our cottons today.

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    My mom purchased some that were made into dresden plates. Wonderful fabric and fun to work with. I don't know if I could cut it myself.

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    I would make a very special quilt with it. What a family memory that would be.

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    I probaly wouldnt be able to cut them either. Bet they are darling!

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    Stolen Idea: Sometime back, I saw a framed display of wedding dress fabric. The bride saved clippings and later added her mother's and hoped to one day add her daughter's.

    This idea made me think??? why not frame it. How big is it? I remember them being less than a yard after they were washed. Mom and Grandma use to have tea towels made from them, we have even used them for table scarves for end tables, and crochet edging.

    Blessings, Ruth

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    They make darling quilts if you have enough.

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    It would be a shame not to use them. Do you have enough for a quilt or a wall hanging??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    It would be a shame not to use them. Do you have enough for a quilt or a wall hanging??
    There are 9 pieces about 1 yd each. Should be enough to do something with. Thanks for all the ideas.

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    If there is enough I would make a quilt with them even if it was a lap size :D :thumbup:

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    I think that I would make a quilt from them because they would be less likely to be discarded by someone who didn't know their history. That's the way it would be in my family.

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    I have many that I have collected. I got started when I met Jane Clarke Stapel, the original FeedSack Lady, I have yet to make anything with them but when I do it will be Dresdan or another pattern of that vintage in a circular motif probably.

    Happy for you, those are special .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    It would be a shame not to use them. Do you have enough for a quilt or a wall hanging??
    There are 9 pieces about 1 yd each. Should be enough to do something with. Thanks for all the ideas.

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    THere are several patterns that are from the same 30's/40's era that they work nicely in. They can be used just like today's cottons but look best if used with muslin or other vintage looking fabric. Or, many people here love feed sack fabric and if you don't want to use them you could post them here for sale. I'm not certain but I think the average rate for a whole sack is around $15.

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    they are wonderful to use! great quality fabrics good to embroider or applique on. make aprons out of them...great quilting fabric!
    use them! :)

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    I have a book for Feed sack quilts. I am sure they have them on Amazon or Ebay.
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    I agree with those that say to use them.. they are pretty and wear like iron!! Ohhhh.. featherweight.. I'm so jealous.. looks like an awesome book...

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I have a book for Feed sack quilts. I am sure they have them on Amazon or Ebay.
    It does look like an awesome book. I think I will add it to my todo list. Maybe an apron, too. That is if I have enough left over. :)

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    i'm making a basket quilt with the feedsack fabric i have.

    its a free pattern from Hancock of Paducah

    here's a link

    http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item--i-M-4030-KIT

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    If I remember correctly, a yard is one feedsack. They make up beautifully, especially into patterns from the 30's and 40's. I keep thinking I'll sell my uncut feedsacks but so far have been unable to part with them so I have a small but nice collection. Also have a quilt I started a few years ago but put aside; maybe it's time to get it out and work on it. The Feedsack Club used to have a convention in Lancaster PA every year which coincided with the big quilt show in the spring. They were a fun bunch of people!

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