Feed Sack Quilts At The Mill

If you’ve read this blog before you know I’m not a fan of cute in quilts.  Any novelty fabric I ever owned has been purged from my stash. No anthropomorphic animals adorn my quilts.  And thirties repro fabric leaves me cold.

However, the cheerfulness and downright chipperness of the feed bag quilts made by Nina Stahlschmidt I saw in Canada won me over. It seems that Canadians use the term feed bags, not feed sacks. Nina scours the Canadian countryside to collect vintage feed sacks/bags and then builds her hand quilted work around them.

The Quilt Canada 2014 folks had the brilliant idea of displaying Nina’s quilts in and around the mill owner’s house at Morningstar Mill.

feed sack quilts 1

The pig is outlined with thread

feed sack quilts 7

A hen quilting bee

feed sack quilts 5

Love the spaghetti legs

feed sack quilts 6

Check out the little feed sacks

feed sack quilts 4

Roast chicken?

feed sack quilts 2 detail

Last words

feed sack quilts hanging systemI thought this was a great way to display quilts outdoors – no drooping clotheslines.


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4 responses to “Feed Sack Quilts At The Mill

  1. Thanks for sharing the pictures of these “feed bag” quilts. These are different than anything I’ve seen before. Love the chicken theme – just too fun!

    • And the mill owner’s house was full of other hand quilted work made of vintage fabrics. There was also a bird themed feed bag quilt plus others that featured really beautiful feed bags.

  2. I agree so completely with your anti-cute stance! That’s why I like the “death of Sunbonnet Sue” quilts so much. Like the feedsack quilt you show here, they’re full of sly and, yes, snarky humor!


    • I think Ricky Timms did a sunbonnet Sue contest that featured SS doing such activities as surfing, and I recall seeing a quilt many years ago that showed SS as “no better than she should be.” But like you I enjoy seeing such images subverted.

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