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Friday, January 4, 2019

Vintage Flour Sack Quilt


Some of you may remember the story of 
my sister-in-law's vintage flour sack quilt top.

 cute pillow

After her mother had gone to be with the Lord
and she was going through her things,
she happened on to this hand-stitched
quilt top made by her grandmother. 


It was all pieced by hand, so it seemed
only right that it should be hand-quilted
and I was blessed with the honor of doing that.

  
The fabrics were all from the 30's and 40's.
They were very soft and as I worked on it,
I had the feeling that her grandmother was
watching and smiling.
Happy that her quilt would be finished
and that it would soon be in the hands 
of her sweet granddaughter.


I have never finished anything that someone
else had started and in doing so I learned 
a lot about being more adventurous with
combining patterns.


As I worked I noticed fabric that I would 
never have put together and yet I loved them.
It was exciting and a lesson
 in combining patterns that this girl needed.

 The Thrifty And Colorful History Of The “Feedsack Dress.” | Dusty Old Thing | Page 3

It is going to make me a better quilter:)


I used a tiny yellow print for the back,
because I know that my sister-in-law loves yellow.
She had yellow roses on her wedding day :)


Because her grandmother had used pink and blue 
to join her nine squares together, 
I choose blue for the binding.

feed sacks

Now, it is in a box ready to mail
and will soon be in my sister-in-laws  hands. 


This was my label, 
because many years from now 
if her children find this quilt
among her treasured things, 
I want them know it's history.

It was an honor working on this
old and lovely quilt :)

Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 

54 comments:

  1. Connie, this is an absolutely beautiful quilt with a history that will be cherished by future generations. You did ian outstanding job finishing it and I know that it will be very much appreciated. Thank you for sharing the process with us and the history of this beautiful quilt.
    Blessings, Betsy

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    1. It was a blessing to work on this quilt and I feel honored to be a part of it's wonderful history.

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  2. Dear Connie, I am touched by the beauty of this quilt. How beautiful to quilt such a gorgeous heirloom which was lovingly stitched all those years ago using such pretty fabrics of those eras. The stitching and quilting of this beautiful keepsake is the stuff of emotive stories. How moving that your sister-in-law's grandmother's quilt is now finished and can be loved and enjoyed for many more generations. Your hand quilting and indeed your beautiful heart is amazing♥

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    1. Oh, my goodness . . . girlfriend you are going to make me cry :)

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  3. Love this quilt and the history behind it... and that your loving hands finished it! Be sure to put a date on it! Future generations will want to know when it was finished.. and maybe when it was started. I love the old flour sacks.. weren't they just wonderful? I would love to find some genuine "real" pieces of the old flour sack fabrics. Your hands must have been flying to get the quilting done so quickly! Glad you are getting to quilt and make again! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. My hands weren't really flying, but it gave me something to do while recuperating last month. When I was finished I gave it a good washing and rinsed it in Downy. I didn't want to send any of my gems along with it in the mail:)

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  4. You have finished the quilt, how lovely it looks with the sunny yellow backing. As you say, an honour to be asked to work on it, and what a wonderful job you have done. Love the label telling the story, your SILwill be thrilled!

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    1. It feels so good to have it done and ready to mail. I will remember this quilt and hopefully be more adventuress in my fabric combinations from now on. Don't you feel like you learn a little more about quilting with every quilt you work on?

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  5. Wow, what an amazing quilt. I love the fabric you chose for the backing and binding. It's perfect. What a treasure for your sister in law and future generations

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    1. It was a delightful experience working on a quilt with this much history and love already put into it. It would have been a shame if it hadn't of ever been finished and to think that I was the one blessed to be able to work on it. I'm honored :)

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  6. I love that quilt! Thank you for the history lesson on flour sacks. I had no idea.

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    1. I remember going to the store and Mama letting me pick out the flour sacks. They then turned into my early school dresses.

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  7. I love the pretty small designs in the old flour sacks! This one really is special and I love your tag! So much love in everything you do! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you . . . it was a pleasure to work on a piece of history and something that another woman had put so much love into :)

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  8. I love it! I love the colors and texture of flour sack material. You did a great job and im sure it will be cherished for years to come.
    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for your sweet comment, it was a pleasure being a part of this quilts history. I do have a question: Is my blog still jumping around on your computer screen? I hope it has stopped.

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    2. Hey Connie. I have been visiting you from my PC now instead of my iPad and it seems fine so It must have been on my end not yours.
      Lisa

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  9. Gorgeous quilt and your label is just wondeful!

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  10. Wow that is so pretty. Love all the colors.

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  11. What a treasure you have helped pass on. Your quilting is lovely and you have kept the integrity of original.

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    1. Thank you. I thought it would be a shame to have anyone quilt it on a machine. It needed to be hand-quilting. The top that her grandmother had made was all done by hand too :)

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  12. The quilt is so pretty and so old fashioned. You do beautiful work Connie and had to be just the person to finish the quilt. I love how you label everything too.

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    1. Thank you. I was worried about the label, but thought that the history of the quilt needed to be included. It needs to be remembered and treasured by my sister-in-laws children.

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  13. A lot of work but you did a terrific job and I'm sure it was much appreciated. Great idea to include a "history" so future generations will know and cherish the quilt.

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    1. I hope that she likes the label. I was worried about how much information to include.

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  14. Hi Connie, That quilt turned out beautiful! And you are overflowing with kindness! Is that one picture your stash! If so, wow! Loved your putting the thoughtful label on! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy and thank you so much :) You need to look at that photo again. It is not my stash of fabric, but it is stacks of flour sacks stacked up in a store ready to sell. I remember going to the store with Mama and she would let me pick the flour sack that I liked best and then she would make me a school dress from it :)

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  15. How wonderful to be a part of the story of this quilt. Including the story on the back is such a great idea. It's sure to become a treasure in the family.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, thank you, it was a pleasure to finish her grandmother's quilt and I know that it will be treasured by my sweet sister-in-law ans her children. Thanks for stopping by to visit, it's nice seeing your pretty face in your profile photo :)

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  16. How wonderful that you were able to finish it and the stitching looks great. Like the idea of using her favorite color for the back and that was a great idea adding all the details in the label for future generations

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    1. Thank you, I feel very good that it is done, but will be even happier when it is finally in her hands. There is a responsibility when you have a treasured item that doesn't belong to you in your hands and care. Especially when the value is in family history and love and not monetary value.

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  17. Connie, I wore many a dress made from flour sacks! You just couldn't find better fabric. You did a fantastic job on this sweet piece of history. I had the honor of doing something similar, when my oldest great niece was born. A family friend started making a quilt for her but couldn't finish it because of illness. She gave it all to my sister (baby's grandma) and she tried to work on it but she has RA and couldn't do it, either. She asked if I could do something with it and I finished it up. I lovingly named it, the "Three Old Ladies" quilt! My great niece still drags it around, all these years later. It was such a pleasure and I felt like I took on the spirit of those other two old ladies, when I was working on it! I am sure your sister in law and all her descendants will treasure that beautiful flour sack quilt!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Hello Pam, I loved reading your comment. We did have similar experiences and I know what you mean about taking on the spirit of the dear lady that pieced this quilt together. It was hard to explain the joy I felt while finishing her work, but I felt like she was there cheering be on, knowing that it would finally be in the hands of her granddaughter. I will treasure the memory of working on it and who knows maybe someday someone will finish one of my pieces.
      P.S. My Mama made many of my early school dresses from flour sacks, too :)

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  18. Absolutley love everything about this quiltand especially the note you created! You are the queen quilter!

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    1. Hardy the queen . . . maybe the joker, LOL

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  19. Connie what a beautiful job on the quilt. My grandmother use to make dresses for her little girls with the material from these sacks. She would also keep the string off the bag to tack her quilts with. She raised her family of 14 through the depression era. Nothing was wasted and she made do with what she had. Her quilts where made out of clothes that no longer could be repair or beyond mending. Her quilts were not fancy but, they was made to keep her family warm. Thank you for the visit and for leaving a sweet comment. You always make my day bright!

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    1. I love this story about your grandmother. It is a story that many families shared during the great depression era. I think that quilts actually began as a way to recycle old fabric into useful and warm blankets. I love it when I hear young people talking about their movement of recycling . . . like that's new, LOL. Our mothers and grandmothers never thought of wasting anything. Everything was used and reused until there was nothing left of it, or until their family out grew it and then it was passed on to another family that could use it.

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  20. What a joy it will be to read that label in future years. It is such a simple but very effective idea to label it so that future generations will know the history of this stunning quilt.

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  21. Hello Connie,

    Thank you for visiting me today, I'm so blessed to find your beautiful blog.

    I know that I will be spending some time enjoying your blog home and getting to know you.

    God bless you

    Shirley

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    1. Thank you for following me back. I love meeting new sister bloggers and sharing ideas and encouraging one another. Your blog is a blessing and I'm so happy I found it:)

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  22. If only quilts could talk, they all would have a story to tell. I enjoyed the history behind this lovely quilt. Your stitches certainly added to its beauty.

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    1. Thank you . . . oh the stories they could tell. That's why it is nice to add a label :)

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  23. Lovely! Nice work on your part too.

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  24. This is absolutely beautiful! What a most treasured gift.

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    1. Hi Sweetie thanks for stopping by. I was just thinking about you. We are having two trees cut down and four topped out today and it made remember your experiences with your one neighbor. Thank goodness we have wonderful neighbors and they are as happy as we are to see them come down and get tidied up, before a wind storm does damage :)

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  25. That was a lovely and thoughtful thing to do! Happy New Year to you, Connie.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed my visit to your blog, too.
      Happy New Year!

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  26. Such a very special quilt will be handed down through the family as an heirloom, I'm sure.

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