Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday Morning Finish

We are invited to an Open House later this month. The people are customers of my husband and I wanted to make a small little gift for them.

Their home was built in the 1800's and they like that time period as well. I had this feed sack laying around and thought this might make a good background. Notice the date on the sack. I do believe that is how old the company is, not the sack.

I cut it in half and that is how the size of the wall hanging was determined. I do have a use for the other half.

I started out using a much brighter and more modern color scheme and it just didn't work. All the pieces were cut out, it was tempting to just go with it. Instead of just plowing ahead I re-thought my
colors to feel a little more traditional.

I like how the petals fade in and out. It feels older to me and reflects the feeling and age of the feed sack.

I did very simple quilting in the shapes, again being true to the background fabric.

The "1842" shows up and adds a nice unexpected touch.

The text showing through was planned and I am happy with it.

There was only half a chicken on the sack that I think adds more interest than if there had been a whole chicken.
Overall I had a lot of fun making this quilt. Sometimes it is just plain old fun to sit down and sew with no real plan. Total time to make was about 4 hours.
The other half will also be made for a customer of my husband who is having a party as well. The interesting part about both of the wives is that they are artists. The kind that paint beautiful pictures in water colors......I mean really awesome pieces. I am excited for them to see something done in another medium.
In the next week or so I will start on the other wall hanging. Both of the ladies are friends so it will be similar but different. I hope I have just as much fun!



  1. Kelly, I love your wall hanging! I am sure the artists will appreciate it! Love that you used the old feed sack as a base, it is Wonderful!! Hugs and can't wait to hear what they say!

  2. Love this! Your friends will LOVE their quilts! Have fun making the second one. ;)

  3. What a perfect gift for them. Love how this one turned out.

  4. The feedsack is a beautiful background. I love the french general fabrics you used. Just perfect with the background. Love it. Can't wait to see the second one.

  5. I LOVE this! Brilliant!

  6. This is really lovely--I am sure that your friends will really apprecaite the feedsack and your lovely choices of fabric for the applique...hugs, Julierose

  7. Kelly, I just love this so much!! Every detail is so perfect and beautiful. It's wonderful to be taken through the steps of your decision making. It's interesting you mentioned the recipient is a watercolour artist because I think this wall hanging has that ethereal watercolour look to it. I'm excited about seeing the next one now...

  8. I really like your quilt and the colors you chose are just perfect! The feedsack background with the writing going sideways and the flower petals going off the edge are very artistic choices! I think it will be a much appreciated gift. Can't wait to see the other one when you finish it.

  9. Kelly, you are brilliant! I can't say enough about how much I love this project....perfect fabrics for the background. The quilting and applique style make it modern even with the antique background. I love how you think!

  10. I love the use of the flour sack! it adds so much graphic interest to this piece. Great quilting! wow, are they super lucky!!

  11. Kelly that is just brilliant. I have some old feed sacks and some old blocks made by my grandmother. You have inspired me to do something like that. Love it love it

  12. Love this idea and would like to try it. I'll have to look around and see if I can find my old feed sacks. I'm pretty sure I have some somewhere. Love it, thanks for the inspiration!

  13. This is just fantastic! I love those chicken feet.


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