March 13, 2013

January 23, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Cheaters

This week for Feedsack Friday we’ll discuss cheater cloth patterns – patterns printed to look like patchwork or applique. Since there have been many patterns of faux patchwork printed for many years, feed sacks were of course destined to follow suit, and can be found printed in a wide array of designs. You’ll find them in simple squares:
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There are half/square triangles, in random or pinwheel patterns:
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You’ll find hexagons, both in mosaic and flower garden patterns:
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And there are wedding ring patterns:
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Feedsacks seem to reflect mostly the popular quilt styles of their time. We haven’t seen a cheater feedsack in a 9-patch pattern, nor a log cabin. The styles of the 30’s and beyond seem to predominate, along with the primary and pastel color pallettes. But the above are not all of the cheater cloths found in feedsack; there are many more variations.
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Crazy patchwork, compass stars, cathedral windows and yes, even some cheater applique.
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I’ve never seen a quilt actually made from cheater feedsacks, but I’m sure they’re out there. We’ll be discussing other cheater cloths as well in the near future.

1 Comment »

  1. 1.I’ve seen earlier and later cheater cloths but never feedsack cheaters-very interesting.

    Comment by Miri — January 23, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

    2.Love cheater cloth. It is charming. I love the reproductions like this the Japanese are making.

    Comment by nanette — January 23, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    3.[…] Feedsacks: The Great American Recycling Experiment Polka Dots (a couple of those prints look familiar!) Gone With the Wind Cheaters Colorways Stripes […]

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    I hope you’ll continue to write Feedsack Friday. I love them!

    Comment by Sheryl — March 9, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

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