Sunday, March 08, 2009

Flour sacks

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Flour sacks

A little time ago LaDonna, from Gracious Hospitality, saw flour sacks in her favourite antique shop. She thought of me because we are going to do a Sun Bonnet Sue quilt together. Thanks to her help I could buy these beauties.
Look how bright the colours of the labels are. I don’t know which year these flour sacks are dated. I don't think they are that old. Does anyone know more about them?
I don't dare cut the flour sacks. I will keep these in my collection of feed sacks.
Thank you LaDonna. The sacks are shining on my rack in my living room.



karenfae said...

the flour sacks look wonderful. All I know about them is that they were very popular years and years ago.

Kathie said...

they look wonderful , bright and cheery feedsacks.
nice post Lucy!

Deborah said...

I treasure the quilt from my grandmother that is made with feed sacks. It's just a plain, old quilt, no particular pattern...just what she had scraps of. But you can still faintly see the feed sack stamp. These are really pretty.

sewprimitive karen said...

I have a nice little collection of antique feedsacks that I bought with the intention of using them in quilts, and of course I cannot bear to cut into them :-)

Lurline said...

I don't think we ever had gorgeous flour sacks like that in Australia - what a treasure!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Tazzie said...

Those feedsacks are so pretty Lucy. I have a few in my collection, but none with labels. I can understand why you'd be reluctant to cut them.

Connie said...

I was going to guess the mid fifties, but we had Pillsbury and Medal Gold flour - not familiar with these brands at all.

Heidi said...

Geweldig die flour sacks! Wat een vrolijke gezicht. Gefeliciteerd met je article in de Quiltmania. Moet ik copie gaan halen om het goed te bekijken vandaag of morgen. Ik mag vanaf woensdag niet veel doen vanwege mijn behandeling in het ziekenhuis en lijkt me leuk om dit al vast te hebben om te lezen.

Hugs en groetjes ~

Annemiek said...

Daar zou ik ook geen schaar in durven zetten!
Leuk dat je in de quiltmania staat!! Ik kreeg er een van de kinderen met mn verjaardag maar dus niet de "jouwe" helaas..

La Tea Dah said...

The feed sacks looks beautiful! But I understand not cutting into them --- we can use 'new' fabric for our Sunbonnet Sue's. I don't know how old they are. I don't remember flour sacks like this at all in my lifetime --- I suspect they are 40' or early 50's --- but I really don't know. I will check with Paula and see what she thinks.
:) LaTeaDah

Bonnie said...

Wonderful feed sacks! And I like your new blog header too! :cD


YankeeQuilter said...

I have an article on feedsacks somewhere in the files...I'll try and find it for you. It talks about finding the age of the feedsack. I have a lot of them that I too just can't bare to cut favorite has the pattern for kitchen curtains!

Laura said...

They are sure cheery looking colors, most feed sacks with writing I have come across are not so pretty!

julieQ said...

A patient of mine gave me a whole big bag of flour sacks. I have hoarded them for years and years...maybe time to use them??

Dracaena said...

I'm co-chairing an exhibit of antique quilts (19th-century) entitled "Pennsylvania Quilts: Studies in Color; A Century of Antique Quilts from the Packwood House Museum Collection" running June 9 to October 24 at the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania ( In our documentation process, we came across several quilts that we think used flour sacks and other such "utilitarian commercial" fabrics, especially as backings. Neat stuff!