I have been sick for the past few days and I haven’t felt up to working on the trapunto on my big whole cloth quilt. I felt like I needed to be doing some quilting today so I decided to do some hand piecing.
A few days ago I got this stack of partially finished fan blocks.
There is a lot of fabric from “feed sacks” in these. Feed sacks are an often misunderstood item. The earliest were mostly plain unbleached cotton, with the printing directly on the bags, that printing was very difficult to remove. Feed sacks then began to be sold in colors and around 1925 colorful prints began to appear. Manufacturers began to paste on paper labels making it far easier to remove them. Flour, sugar, beans, rice, cornmeal and even the feed and fertilizer for the family farm were packaged in these “feed sacks” We often think of feed sacks as depression era goods, but they were popular before and after the depression. By the 50’s paper bags were cheaper to produce than cloth sacks, and the use began to decline.
So how can I tell some of these fabrics are feed sacks? almost every fan segment has at least one piece that shows where the stitching was that held the bag together.
Here is a single piece segment before I piece in the missing parts.
If I trace it onto a piece pf paper I can make a pattern.
I wanted to add an additional piece to the outside edge I added that to the drawing
and then re drew the curves so they were even. I needed to adjust the sizes of the pieces to account for the seam allowances and then cut them out, and cut out the fabric from these pieces
then piece them together.
Not perfect but close. I will make a few adjustments and try another one. Once I get it exactly how I want it I will cut a set of templates from plastic.
And then I will need to decide how to set the finished fans.
I am thinking of doing this to make a block.
Set all together they would look like this. The colors will need to be adjusted but its an Idea.
That’s enough for one day. I think it is time for me to have a nap