On our recent trip, I told my Mom to plan on hitting the island's Twice Around Shop. She asked me what I was looking for, I told her I'd dearly love to find a vintage feedsack quilt.
'Feedsack? What's feedsack?' She logically wanted to know. I explained it as best I could- vintage material originally used to hold feed, flour, sugar, salt, and the like. Sometimes found with a ditsy, calico, flora-esque quality... I told her she'd know it when she saw it.
While the Twice Around Shop holds treasures aplenty, no such quilt was to be found.
On our journey home through the Door County peninsula, we stopped in at a few antique stores (much to the girl's chagrin). The last one, desperately cluttered, and excessively hot on a 99 degree day without air conditioning, proved to be lucky for me.
One of the girls approached me carrying the heavy, almost king-size quilt, and said 'You wouldn't be interested in this would you? Good, let's go....'
'Not so fast', I managed to say. 'Let me look at it for a minute'.
Bob had spotted the girls hiding it behind a wicker hamper, hoping I wouldn't see it as they were anxious to leave and they thought it was too expensive. Bob knowing what I had in mind, sent them over. It needs a few small repairs, but it was pretty close to what I'd envisioned at a very reasonable price.
Moral of the story, don't let your girls precede you in an antique store or they might attempt to pre-edit the selections.
If anyone has any information regarding the quilt, fabric, or pattern- I'm all ears.
To find an interesting article about feedsacks, click here.