Sunday, September 1, 2013

What I'm Collecting Now: Feedsack Quilts


I've never been much of a quilt collector.  I think simply because I could never afford the price when they would come up at the local PA auctions I would attend.  I would often sit by and watch as the Mennonite and Amish women fought it out for antique quilts and vintage linens.  They had good taste and deep pockets.  Though I was never able to purchase a vintage quilt at that time, I've always enjoyed seeing the designs and fabric used in making them.   Feedsack patchwork quilts have always been my favorite.  I love the random cotton fabrics used and the crazy stitched designs. I also happen to love a well worn and broken in quilt.  Why you may ask?  See above and times those two by a bunch more beasties.  I like using my vintage treasures and I prefer them to not be perfect.  It takes some of the guilt out of any accidental destruction that might some how occur with daily living.  Yes, that's right....imperfect means, no quilt guilt for me!


I happened across an auction the other month and was finally able to snag a few quilts at really good prices. Don't get me wrong, there was still competition for them when they came up, but the prices didn't go that high.  I discovered later from talking with some of my friends in the "dealer scene", that quilts just don't have the demand that they use to have. They're just not hot right now around here!  Well now, I guess this means it's the time for me to start my awesome feed sack quilt collection! Five out of six cats agree that this is a most excellent idea.  The dogs don't care, they'll lay on anything!

The quilt below, I fell in love with because of the most fab fabric on it's backside.  Oh did I happen to mention I also love a quilt with not one but two awesome sides.  Please don't give me a boring backside, Momma likes some fun colorful fabric junk in her trunk!  Like pretty seafoam green and pink!

I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more vintage quilts in my future! Now's a great time to start picking them up for fairly decent prices. 

Happy Collecting.