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About the Author

Gloria Nixon and her husband Roger live in the Flint Hills of rural Wabaunsee County, Kansas. They enjoy attending local farm auctions where Roger searches for woodworking tools and Gloria keeps an eye open for a feedsack or two. That's how she found her first dress print bags some ten years ago. She also collects Kansas City Star patterns and old quilt ephemera. Gloria is a quilt history researcher who especially enjoys studying individuals and the contribution each made to quilt history. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), the Iowa Illinois Quilt Study Group (IIQSG) and the Feedsack Memories discussion group. Her articles appear in Pieces of Time: A Quilt and Textile History Magazine. This is her first book with The Kansas City Star.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Kansas City Star Quilts (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935362313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935362319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in the art of quilting should plan on purchasing this book. It really drives home that we have not always had beautiful stores where all the fabric is color coordinated to visit. Our ancestors made do with what they had. This is an important text for followers of women's studies AND quilters alike.
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If you are a "Feedsack-aholic" like I am, you will enjoy this book! I am a quilter and actually have a collection of feedsacks, but I never really knew the history behind them, other than the fact that previous generations used them a lot to make clothing and household items. This author goes into historical detail more than other books I have read on the subject. A bit pricey, but the old pictures as well as the color photos of fabrics are great!
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Quilters: Do you like the cheerful, colorful novelty prints of the depression era? Do you wonder why they're called "feedsack" prints? The story of feedsack cloth is told in such a fun and colorful way that it'll make you into a textile historian in no time. The book traces the origins and development of a marketing idea that made cloth bags appeal to ladies for more than just their contents. Why buy ordinary flour, when there's a brand that comes with a colorful fabric sack that can be reused for aprons or kitchen curtains?

Pure marketing genius! Feedsacks are an important chapter in American history. They clothed a nation that had fallen on hard times.

I found it a bit difficult to read the sans serif font overlaid on the feedsack textured background. Other than that, the format of the book is charming. It's a small (8.5" wide x 6" tall) colorful coffee table type book that invites flipping. There are many (small) illustrations from old advertising to go along with the text. Some of the advertisements are from trade publications, speaking to shopkeepers about the appeal of colorful cloth-bound merchandise to consumers. Many interesting stories and newspaper clippings accompany photos that track the development of these colorful textiles over the decades. More than anything else, this book emphasizes the MARKETING of feedsacks to consumers, so not much of the book is devoted to showing the many colorful prints.

The feedsack craze continued into the 1950s. One small section shows a marketing stunt--making dresses for chickens from feedsack fabric. Some bags were designed as fully hemmed tablecloths, others to be cut into the shape of an apron and embroidered. Some bags were printed with dolls and toy animals that could be cut out, sewn and stuffed.
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Do you collect 30's fabric? Ever wonder why they made patterned bags in the first place? This book tells you! Granted, there are not a lot of fabric patterns to view, but the history is just as interesting! Lots of other pictures, too!
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I ran through this book, I have feed sacks, absolutely love them. This book will help people to understand the importance of the feed sack.What a wonderful time period that was.
I guilt, and love that, I have alot of beautiful feed sacks, But!! I can't bring myself to cut them. They should be in a museum.Thankyou Amazon...
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What an interesting review and history of the production of feedsacks. I couldn't wait to show it to my Featherweight Frolics Club. I couldn't put the book down until I had read it cover to cover. It will stay in my reference library for a long long time.
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This book was a fun, informative read - especially for the price of the ebook. I enjoyed the history and the photographs. Some of the information might be found in other books, as well - such as the Quilt History books by Barbara Brackman, but this book was very enjoyable to read, and a good value for the information it contains.
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The book was a bit smaller than I hoped but very interesting. I wanted more visual samples of the feedsack patterns but I suppose I'm just greedy. That said, I'm very happy with the purchase, it tells an interesting story with lots of visuals to illustrate.
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