Tagged: feedsack

May 24

Grandmother’s quilt

Shredded quilt

My grandmother's pinwheel quilt

Just take a look at my grandmother’s quilt.

Made in the 1950s – I think, though employing older fabrics – it has been well worn (dare I say abused?) and is terribly shredded but retains much its pinwheel charm.

Feedsack pinwheels

Feedsack fabrics

I washed it yesterday using a delicate soap, gently agitating it by hand in the bathtub (just prodding it, really) before letting it drain (boy, that water was satisfyingly yellow!), rinsing it, draining it again, rolling it carefully and putting it in the washing machine to spin. Then I let it dry flat and supported before hanging it (just damp) on the line to finish drying in the fresh air. All in the name of work avoidance, of course.

Dotty pinwheel

Feedsack pinwheel

You might see it as a cutter, but I think I will drape it somewhere and watch it gently deteriorate.


Jun 23

It’s Darling!

I’m slowly but surely working myself up to becoming a vintage haberdashery trader, and will be plying my wares at a new vintage and handmade fair in Bath next month. It’s Darling! will be held in the Guildhall (not far from the Abbey, just opposite Cafe Nero) on Saturday 17th July from 9am-5.30pm, so do come along and say “Hi!” if you can manage it. I’ll be there all day with loads of lovely old cotton reels, buttons and other sewing paraphernalia. Plus several vintage eiderdowns. Oh, and an old wooden sewing box. You get the idea.

Catherine Stokes, one of the organisers and she of Mrs Stokes’ China, interviewed me for the show’s website.  I’m quite chuffed with my new coinage, “button glutton”.  Are you one too?

In this and last week’s fog of events, I forgot to post two Scraps of the Week, so here’s a picture taken to accompany the above interview. In it you get a whole yearful of scraps at one go! The picture is supposed to illustrate something in my life which answers the description “It’s Darling!”, so I chose my grandmother’s feedsack patchwork pieces, many dating from the 1930s. They mostly measure  just 4.5cms across.  She was a fairly utilitarian patchworker, not spending a whole lot of time arranging pattern placement, just putting pieces together more or less as they happened to fall. After all, she was a busy lady with five daughters to make clothes and keep house for, and there was a Depression on at the time. Though she finished a fair few quilts and quilt-tops, she never got round to these. They were all ready and waiting to be fed through the sewing machine for 9-patch blocks and are as fresh as the day they were cut. I’ll feature them individually at some point so that you can get a better look.

Feedsack darlings

1930s American feedsack fabrics

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