When Terri commented on my previous post about my choice of "repros" to make Nancie's Road Trip quilt, I realized I wasn't clear. When I said feed sacks, I was talking about real, vintage, from the 1930's and 40's feed sacks.
Here's my meager collection, after I finished pressing them last night. I didn't realize until I pulled them our of my stash that half of them have paisley designs (and some of the leaves on the other half have paisley-like qualities.)
It's interesting to compare these textiles to modern quilting cottons. The fabric is narrower--from selvage to selvage it's 36 inches--and more loosely woven.
I don't know how many of the 7 sacks will end up in my quilt--there are one or two that definitely have a "not like the others" quality . . . though I'm not sure if that's a reason to take them out or keep them in. Plus, I keep thinking that the one with the big bold red scrolls and blue flowers could become the most adorable apron . . .