Feed Sacks – (Call for Stories!) Mother Necessity’s Sewing Champion

Feed Sacks – (Call for Stories!) Mother Necessity’s Sewing Champion

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Feed sacks are the perfect example of a utilitarian product turned into something beautiful. Our friend Janine Vangool (creator of UPPERCASE magazine) recently introduced us to a forthcoming book from UPPERCASE, written by author Linzee Kull McCray, who explores the history of the humble feed sack, from a plain burlap or cotton sack to exuberantly patterned and colourful bags that were repurposed into frocks, aprons and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the 20th century. Extensive imagery and at-scale reproductions of these fabrics create an inspiring sourcebook of pattern and colour—and offer a welcome visit to a slower-paced way of life.

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We just love to hear your stories of quilts and quilt tops made by mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, and so many of these heirlooms are made from feed sacks. They were often made from scraps left over from sewing clothing for their children. This makes them gorgeous artifacts of a time gone by, when women found a way to make something beautiful from every bit of leftover fabric they had.

While there’s plenty of history on feed sacks and the ways they were used, we’re looking for more personal stories from the people who experienced them firsthand. We’d love to hear your stories and answers to the following questions:

  • Do you have a feed sack quilt made by a female relative?
  • Did you or someone you know ever wear a garment made from feed sacks?
  • How and where did they get the sacks?
  • What kinds of things did they make with them?
  • How did they feel about feed sack clothing/household linens?
  • Do you have any connections to historical feed sack manufacturers, designers or things of note?

To answer these questions and have your story included in this publication,  please fill out the survey form HERE! We can’t wait to hear from you! The form will close on July 25th, so don’t wait!

If you’d like to know more about the book, check it out HERE!

Flutterby Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Christopher Thompson

Flutterby Tutorial Reboot Featuring Guest Blogger Christopher Thompson

Make Missouri Star's Flutterby Quilt with Christopher Thompson the Tattooed Quilter!

Hello and Happy Fourth of July!  My name is Christopher, otherwise known as The Tattooed Quilter, and I’m coming to you from Times Square in New York City!  I grew up in a family of traditional quilters including my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mom.  Today, I’m proud to carry on this family heritage and American craft through my modern spin.

Today, I’m sharing a mini version of the Flutterby Quilt Tutorial.  Isn’t this block modern and chic?  I used 2.5″ strips and fat quarters from the Sunprint 2016 Collection from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics and (should be in everyone’s stash) Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Indigo. I also had my 2.5″ x 8″ MSQC Ruler handy!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

It’s no secret I’m a fan of 2 ½” strips (check out my Light Box quilt in the latest issue of ModBlock) and this quilt is the perfect project for those jellyrolls you have collecting in your stash.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

TIP:  LintRoll before you UnRoll your JellyRoll.  This will save you from becoming covered in fuzz balls.

Working in the fashion industry by day, I’m completely surrounded by color and prints and one of my favorite combinations is tonal color on color.  This simply means you pick different shades of colors in the same color group (i.e., grey: dark grey, light grey or pink: dark pink, light pink).  Tonal colors are the complete opposite of contrasting colors.  Mixing in prints is an easy way to build a tonal color story, especially if they’re as beautiful as Alison Glass’ Sunprints!  I also love combining a neutral color such as white, grey, navy, or black with my colors—it’s a great way to ground the color.

I kept my color palette to whites, greys, pinks, and blues.  I like to think of this a big ole’ slice of mixed berry cobbler.  Yum!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

I love how straight forward Jenny’s tutorial is!  This block is fun to make and if you’re a fan of chain piecing, this one’s a dream.

I made the block exactly as Jenny did, even down to snowballing my edges.  I chose to make one block with my darker color on the inside and one block with my darker color on the outside.  Mixing and matching is fun!

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt
Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

To shake things up a bit I made one larger block simply by doubling the size of my finished smaller blocks.  Enlarging a smaller block is a fun way to add drama to your project.  For this project, I used a couple of Sunprint 2016 Collection fat quarters that I had in my stash.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

Have fun with your block placement, balancing color and print.  Then join your blocks together, row-by-row until you have your finished quilt top.  Layer your quilt back, batting, and quilt top together and quilt as desired.  This quilt block is so easy peasy that anyone from a beginner to an advance quilter could bring it to life.

Easy Step by Step Tutorial: How to make the Flutterby Quilt

I hope you enjoyed my version as much as I enjoyed sharing it!  Now, let’s go, grab the hot dogs, potato salad, a quilt, and watch the fireworks!  Have a happy and safe holiday everyone!

Here’s where you can find out more about my work and me:

www.thetattooedquilter.com

www.instagram.com/the_tattooed_quilter

www.facebook.com/thetattooedquilter

www.twitter.com/tattooedquilter

New Friday Tutorial: The Courthouse Steps Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Courthouse Steps Quilt

Make a Jelly Roll Courthouse Steps Quilt with Jenny Doan in her YouTube Tutorial!

The courthouse is an imposing figure in any town, and if you happen to make the trek up those stately front steps, chances are you’re about to experience something memorable. From a brand new marriage license to a triumphantly contested traffic ticket, the courthouse is the place to get things done! (And hopefully you’ll walk out those doors with a new ring on your finger and not cuffs on your wrists! Ha!)

This week’s new tutorial, Courthouse Steps, is a jelly roll pattern similar to a Log Cabin. It’s easy to put together, but so pretty and eye catching.

Make a Jelly Roll Courthouse Steps Quilt with Jenny Doan in her YouTube Tutorial!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get everything you need to make your own Courthouse Steps Quilt!

Make a Jelly Roll Courthouse Steps Quilt with Jenny Doan in her YouTube Tutorial!

July 2016 Planning Printables!

July 2016 Planning Printables!

Some call it, “money spent on fabric,” but we call it “resources invested in material inventory.” Doesn’t it sound so much better? 😉

The more resources we have in material inventory, the better system we need for keeping track of it all. That’s why we’ve created some great Planning Printables for you! Download these three FREE printables to help keep you organized this July!

This Pheobe’s Flower Box Quilt Block Calendar inspired from the quilt pattern in BLOCK Magazine Volume 2 Issue 4 will look adorable on the wall next to your sewing machine!

Have some UFO’s you plan to finish this month? Stay on track with this Weekly To Do List! It’s great for keeping track of non-quilty tasks as well!

As quilters, sometimes fabric speaks to us and we’ve just gotta have it! The only problem is, by the time we get around to using it, we often forget what pattern we had in mind for it. Download this handy dandy list to help you keep track of all that fabric and what you want to make with it!

We hope you enjoy these free Planning Printables for the month of July. Be sure to share any projects you make with us on social media using #msqcshowandtell and check back next month for some more printable fun! 🙂

New Friday Tutorial: The Susannah Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Susannah Quilt

Make the Classic Susannah Quilt made easy with Precuts! Free Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Fashion is a fickle thing. Just when you get used to the idea of high waists, platform soles, and billowy ruffles, the fashion world has marched on to the next big thing. The good news? If you hold onto that burnt orange double-knit lounge suit long enough, chances are it will come back into style, and your grandkids will be super impressed with your trendy digs! Of course, quilts never go out of style, they just become vintage classics!

Make the Classic Susannah Quilt made easy with Precuts! Free Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

The Susannah quilt is an old block, and today we’re making it new with fresh, modern colors. This is a quick design that packs a punch with snowballed corners, easy sashing, and cornerstones. Here’s what you need to make your own vintage-fabulous Susannah quilt!

Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need! Happy Quilting!

Make the Classic Susannah Quilt made easy with Precuts! Free Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Make the Classic Susannah Quilt made easy with Precuts! Free Tutorial with Jenny Doan!