Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Feed Sack Match Game

One of my favorite things about the kind of writing I do is meeting new people and hearing their stories. It happens during the interview process, but I also hear fabulous stories from folks who come up to me after I give a talk, or who contact me because of something I've written.
The latter happened recently, when I got an email from Pamela Shadle Flores, who works at the University of North Texas (UNT). She's from a family of ranchers and farmers who lived in the Texas panhandle during the dust bowl and she'd always wondered whether the quilt she inherited (above) was sewn from feed sacks. Pamela learned about the feed sacks book from an interview I'd done in the with the UNT Libraries about using their Portal to Texas History in my research.
To her delight (and mine), she was able to match two fabrics in the quilt to those in the book. I asked if she'd send me photos and whether I could share them, and she agreed to both. It appears that many, if not all of the bow-ties are feed sack—they stand out so nicely against the solid fabrics.
I especially loved that she told me her husband and two teenagers were as excited as she was by the discovery. Teenagers are hard to impress! Thanks so much, Pamela, for sharing your story and these images. 

3 comments:

Wendy Caton Reed said...

How exciting! I love stories like this. I love the quilt too. I'm happy to hear that it is well loved and still in the family. I spy at least two more feedsacks that I have in my collection. Do you have a personal collection. I would be happy to send you swatches if you need them. You can e-mail me you address if you want them. gwreed15ATcomcastDOTnet. I know I have told you before, but I LOVE your book. It is still my favorite of ALL my feedsack books. Wendy

Linzee said...

Thank you, Wendy, for your great comment and kind offer! I'm afraid I DO have a feed sack collection...guess it was inevitable after writing the book, but I told myself I wouldn't collect when I started. Really appreciate your enthusiasm and your kind offer. If I've got a particular swatch need I will keep you in mind. So very generous of you!

samia hussain said...

nice post