Friday, March 11, 2011

Beautiful feed sacks

Encouraging words of the day:
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!
~ Psalms 98:4, NLT

We’re at our little ranch in the Hill Country of Texas for a couple of weeks.  The days are warming up somewhat and we’re looking forward to beautiful weather.  We’re involved in “Wildlife Management” and one of the things we do is supply supplemental food in the form of “deer corn” and “wildbird food” which come in plasic or paper feed sacks.  

This got me to thinking of feed sacks of old which were much more interesting.  Aren’t these feed sacks beautiful ?  Even better, wouldn’t it be wonderful if these feed sacks were still made of cotton?

According to  "Feedsacks in Georgia: Their Manufacture,Marketing, and Consumer Use"
by Ruth Rhoads from Uncoverings 1997  farm and food products were initially shipped in barrels. Between 1840 and 1890 cotton sacks gradually replaced barrels as food containers. Women quickly discovered that these bags could be used as fabric for quilts and other needs.
Cotton had been king until the period of 1914 to 1929 when the price dropped out of the cotton market because synthetic fabrics like rayon became popular for dresses and undergarments. With the drop in the price of cotton even more companies began using cotton sacking as packaging.  It took a while for feed and flour sack manufacturers to realize how popular these sacks had become with women. Eventually they saw a great opportunity for promoting the use of feedsacks.  First feed sacks began to be sold in colors then around 1925 colorful prints for making dresses, aprons, shirts and children’s clothing began to appear in stores. 

Back to my sewing:
I finished Block #10 from the “Layer Cake Quilt-Along.”  This block was designed by Kari Ramsay of Fresh Cut Quilts.  This was also an easy block.  I guess I’m getting better at since the first one was probably easy as well but SO HARD for me.

Giveaways I've run into!   

  "The Vegetarian Hunter"  is having a giveaway of 4 fat quarters and a quilt pattern.  Ends March 20th.

 "Amy's Creative Side"   is having a giveaway of your choice of two beautiful fabric bundles from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The winner will be chosen on March 14th.

 "Sew Fabulous"   is having a giveaway of a Central Park fat quarter bundle.  Ends March 31st.

 "Leona's Quilting Adventure"  is giving away three copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2!   This ends on March 18th. 

 "Desert Quilter"  is having a “March Madness Giveaway.”  You have the chance to win 12 Fat Quarters of "Rouge et Noir" by Michael Miller and a 100m spool of red Gutermann thread.  Closes on March 12th.

 "Sew We Quilt" is having a huge giveaway of layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, patterns, silk fabric, silk floss, embroidery
packages complete with pattern and floss, background fabric...books...
Ends March 12th.

 "The Plaid Scottie" is giving away a fat quarter bundle and a box of scraps, ends March 17.

About  UFOs:
UFOs will remain on the shelf for a while longer as the Dresden Plate quilt is taking me forever and I have other projects I’m working on .  I’ve decided to quilt at least one of the blocks each day but that’s kinda faltering…
That is all.


Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Great information on feedsacks - thanks! I love your flower block. You did an excellent job!

Needled Mom said...

I have always enjoyed feed sack fabrics. I'll bet the newer plastic ones would make great tote bags for groceries, etc.

Enjoy your stay.

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