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Thread: Grandma's Quilt

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    My grandmother made this quilt, and I've just now come to appreciate it. She passed away in 1979 in her 80's. I think this quilt must have flour sacks/feed sacks in it.

    Can anyone identify any of the materials as flour sacks or feed sacks?

    I just started doing some simple quilt tops this year, and I'm hooked. After a long career in education, I never thought I would get involved in quilting, but I'm learning and love it!
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    Beautiful quilt, no wonder you love it!!

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    Grandma's are seldom appreciated until their grandchildren are older. You have a great treasure there, it is beautiful

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    Oh, I really wish flour still came in sacks like that, instead of paper or plastic. Think of all the fun things we could make!
    Sorry, I can't ID the material for you :)

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    check out www.feedsacklady.com
    I am doing one of her quilts now.

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    Such a pretty quilt. Those are my type of colors...good job.

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    Your GM's quilt is gorgeous! Sorry, can't help with feed-sack question.

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    Very very Beautiful!!

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    I love old quilts.... reminds me of my grandma!

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    Beautiful quilt! How wonderful that you have that from your grandmother! Sorry I can't help with the fabric. I like the block, though.

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    How very lucky you are!! It is a lovely quilt!

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    Beautiful, what a treasure.

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    Several of the pieces are feedsacks. I recognize a few. The green, yellow, white with bits of orangy red, the blue with roses and I think the yellow print.

    Love quilt.

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    What a treasure!

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    Very beautiful and a treasure to remember your Grandma. Thanks for sharing :)

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    So very beautiful! I use feedsacks in with vintage and newer fabrics and love the look! Feedsacks are rough feeling and coarser than cotton. You can tell just by looking at them usually. They look loosely woven so you can spot them right away! It's gorgeous! :D ;) ;)

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    Thank you for that information!

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    What about flour sacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    So very beautiful! I use feedsacks in with vintage and newer fabrics and love the look! Feedsacks are rough feeling and coarser than cotton. You can tell just by looking at them usually. They look loosely woven so you can spot them right away! It's gorgeous! :D ;) ;)
    What about flour sacks?

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    Beautiful quilt! I THINK it's a 1930's-ish era quilt, am I correct? Could you please tell me how it is binded? I'm working on finishing an old log cabin quilt for my SIL that her grandma never finished (I hand tied it after researching how the original ones were done, but I don't know if I should do a regular binding or not). Hoping to give it back to her for her birthday in June. She thinks she just gave it to me because she knows I love quilts, so she should be surprised when she gets it back.

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    I'm not sure about the feedsacks, but you sure have one beautiful treasure there! It's wonderful. Can feel love flow out of it just from looking at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briar Rose
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    So very beautiful! I use feedsacks in with vintage and newer fabrics and love the look! Feedsacks are rough feeling and coarser than cotton. You can tell just by looking at them usually. They look loosely woven so you can spot them right away! It's gorgeous! :D ;) ;)
    What about flour sacks?
    In your last pic, the 2nd block on the left is definitely a feedsack print with turquoise background and the pink and blue on the right is feedsack material. I don't feel the yellow one is a feedsack print. Flour sacks are quite different from the feedsacks. The printing on them were water soluable but can still be found with some of the inks on them. Usually the line that tells you how to remove the ink from the flour sack is still visible on the backs of quilt blocks today. Most of the feed sacks and flour sacks from the 30's were used in clothing because of the depression era and not being able to afford new clothing. Many were used in quilts though and are quite distinctive in appearance. After you view a couple of the prints, it becomes easier to spot them. Flour sacks are still being made today in cotton fabric by a company in Kansas, (I think Kansas Seal) but you can purchase reproductions of those prints at many fabric shops today. You have a real treasure there!

    :D :D

    one of my minis of all feedsacks
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-31450-1.htm

    Here's a link to the feedsack mini that you can see close ups of the material and see how loosely woven it is.

    n2 :D

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    It is beautiful !! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Treadler
    Beautiful quilt! I THINK it's a 1930's-ish era quilt, am I correct? Could you please tell me how it is binded? I'm working on finishing an old log cabin quilt for my SIL that her grandma never finished (I hand tied it after researching how the original ones were done, but I don't know if I should do a regular binding or not). Hoping to give it back to her for her birthday in June. She thinks she just gave it to me because she knows I love quilts, so she should be surprised when she gets it back.
    Now, that's interesting. I've just started doing some machine quilting tops, so I don't know much. It seems that the binding has been sewn (re-sewn) by someone on a machine in recent years. My mom had it for awhile, so she might have done that to save it. I don't know. It is apparent to me now that the backing is feedsack material and I'm guessing most of the rest. I don't know when she did it. I was born in 51 and always lived nearby and never saw her doing any quilting, so I think it was a survival quilt from way back.

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