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Although I am not a huge feed sack quilt fan, I feel a strong connection to them because of my Dad’s mother, a rural southwest Texas ranch wife. They were extremely poor. Raising Angora goats was not a get rich kind of living. There was a lot of hard work and a bit of luck involved. As many ranch women of the 1930s-1960s did, Granny made most of her and her children’s clothing from cotton sack material purchased at the local feed store or grocery store. She also made quilts using scraps of those fabrics. She was not a particularly skilled quilt maker. There were many corners cut off, uneven blocks, poor alignment – but she “made do” with love for her family.
Prior to her death in 1959, Granny made quilt tops for her five grand kids. Mom had one quilted for my brother. Years later, I hand quilted the second one for my sister, and the third one I kept un-quilted for myself. Why, you ask? Because the scraps of fabric were pieced onto foundation paper – a 1950s era black and white Sears or Montgomery Ward’s catalogue. I love looking at the house dresses, foundation garments, etc. featured on those pages on the back of that quilt top. I wouldn’t fix it for the world.
|Sammy Welch 1910-1959|
Thanks Granny for sharing your love and craft with us.