Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
My friend Brian and I used to work together. Knowing that I was a quilter, he gave me his grandmother's old quilt approx. ten years ago. Today I was stuck in the house while contractors worked on the master bathroom so I decided to do something with the old quilt. Brian lives in Southern Ca. but I remember he told me his grandmother lived in Maine. She used an old thin blanket as the batting on her quilt and she knot tied it to keep the layers together
She used feed sacks for her backing fabric and placed the side with the writing toward the inside of the quilt.
I took apart the layers to read the writing on the inside. This one was made out of a feed sack bag from the St. Albans Grain Company in St. Albans,
The bottom feed sack is from the "Worthmore" Pig and Hog Feed Company. It was a 100 lb. bag of "growing and fattening" feed. The feed sack companies expected the sacks to be used in quilts. This one includes a washing label on how to remove the inks. Obviously it didn't work but at least the ink didn't smear. I used the parts of the quilt that weren't worn, torn or shredding to make this. Two Christmas stockings. I still have to put the cuff and hanger on them. All in all, I think Brian's
grandmother would be happy with the results.