Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Frugal to the last piece of fabric.....

I am hopelessly drawn to outrageous colours and patterns. So I had to share with you some photos from a recent event I attended. The fabrics are from the 1930's but they have quality that still holds artistic value today, many years later.

American Depression Era Quilts were made in the most desperate of times when money was short, textiles were expensive and frugality was the name of the game.

Although it was a time money was short, colour was king..... anytime there is a depression, colour is turned up a notch or two!

Producers of animal feed looked for ways of increasing sales - they picked up on the demand farmers wives had for fabric and started selling chicken food in sacks made from brightly coloured fabric! This was the birth of Feedsack fabric. 

The egg money the Farmers wives made from selling the eggs paid for the next round of feed - this was the starting point of Egg Money Quilts.

Every scrap of fabric was used - some wedges from this Dresden Plate quilt were made from pieces of scraps.

These are just some of the quilts shared from a private collection, but there are many more out there to inspire us all to make the most of what we have.

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