A few years ago I was obsessed with authentic vintage feedsacks, and with buying them on ebay. After making the GFG with one inch hexagons, I was done with feedsacks. I haven't opened this box in four years! But I will open it today for show and tell.
So here's some of the loot, all carefully stored in what occurs to me now are tolulene off-gassing plastic bags and box, sealed to create harmful micro-environments. Sorry, my museum conservation training slipped in there for a moment!
I've got lots of stuff! In the lower left is a feedsack dress that I bought that was never finished. I REALLY want to wear it, in fact I would wear vintage dresses every day, but alas, I don't know how to make clothes. I will ask my mom to help me when she comes. There are a few stacks of large pieces, then bags of six inch squares and bags of piles of 4 inchers. Of course I have no real plan for any of these, though I saw a quilt by Darlene Zimmerman once that was a simple square pattern sashed with "that 30's green" that I want to make. Also, this one by Darlene is in my future.
Here are some of the "novelty" print squares I have. I have some that are considered very rare, so I was pretty proud. Click to enlarge.
Now these guys are another story! I bought these on ebay precut. They came in a box that clearly had been sealed since the 1940's. This is how I found them, carefully bundled and tied with red thread. Then I made a classic mistake. They smelled like moth balls so I thought, I'll just give them a nice swim in the sink with some Tide and then dry them in the dryer. Yeah....not so much. As you may imagine, they frayed like crazy and I ended up having to individually iron them when I was done! There must be 1200 of them. Although, I have to admit that I did love looking at each one of them individually as I re-piled them. I LOVE tiny pieces of fabric. Just love anything close up or tiny.