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Thread: Feed Sack Blocks

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    Super Member KGoodhand's Avatar
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    Aren't you lucky! Your aunt did a beautiful job on them! Whatever you decide to do I am sure your aunt will love that they have been put to use!

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    KarenMay, yes, if it is original feedsack material, it did start it's life as a holder of cattle/horse/chicken/pig/etc. feed. My mom tells me that sometimes the women would go with the men to pick out the fabric they wanted/needed. Or they would tell them to pick up such and such. She remembers that even if the bag you wanted was at the bottom with 10 bags on top, they would move the bags to get to the one you wanted.

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    There are reproductions of the old feed sack materials available now on the market. But it is quite possible these are from the sacks of long ago given the age of the blocks.

    Elenore burns has a book out called egg money quits that might have some of the information about them in there. My aunt told me about them long ago. She had a long low building out back and I asked her what it was. A chicken coop. The government actually subsidized these home businesses during the hard times of the depression, or right after it. My memory of that conversation so many years ago is a little fuzzy. But, I remember how she had said many girls would not have had a new dress for school if it had not been for those feed sacks.

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    That really is a fascinating history...thankyou...now I'm going to start looking over here for that book...I'm sure I'll find it on Amazon!

    Karen xx

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    Morning everyone. Not feelin so chipper, had gum surgery Thursday so takin it easy. Finally got to bottom of box these were in and found 9 1/2 yds muslin 36in wide. Guess I know for sure what I'm going to use. Also check out new posting called What's this? New Find.

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    How about creating 2 more and doing 8x8 and adding borders, plain blocks, or sashing to make the size you want

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    Beautiful blocks. This is a wonderful treasure. I agree with others about using muslin for sashing. I think on point would be pretty. I can't wait to see what you do with these.

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    very nice quilt blocks

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    Marcia, thank you for the articles! Very interesting. I'm a farm girl and I remember we used feedsacks, but there was much I didn't know (or remember!). So glad you shared.

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