Feed Sack Paper Piecing Project-FREE today!

Feed sacks


One of my favorite posts and discussions at The Inbox Jaunt was September’s post on Feed Sacks.  The stories and comments generated were quite nostalgic and often funny.  (I loved the stories about the teenage boy clerks who would have to move bags and bags of meal in order to get the right fabric for the ladies…)   All of the stories were filled with history and Americana–thank you to all who shared!


Peggy was also impressed by the memories garnered by the feed sack photos and was inspired to create this fabulous paper piecing pattern for us.

  Note from Peggy:

I did a quick full-sized line drawing for the War Eagle Mill feed sack. No color chart, no individual templates, but a simple plan that fits on 4 pages to finish at 12 ” x 16″. There are 6 pages in this PDF. The first is a color page, then 4 pages for the line drawing, and last is the template for the water with the original text superimposed on it for people to (trace and) sew as text outlines if they wish… A real FMQ project ! This probably all that’s necessary, though I can do a detailed plan like the others, if you wish.



Paper piecing project (6 pages) HERE

The house and the wheat above will be a fun project for the Fall.  I hope you enjoy this gorgeous pattern…

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You may contact Peggy at PaperPiecingHeartland@gmail.com.

And be sure to check out her blog, Wisconsin Quilting 


We have a busy week ahead–so get your bed made, and the rest of the house, too!

I think you’ll want to be stitching!

Let’s change the (quilting world)…one bed at a time!


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

This pattern is copyrighted by Peggy Aare.

7 thoughts on “Feed Sack Paper Piecing Project-FREE today!

  1. I have posted the first half of a tutorial on Freezer Paper Piecing at http://wisconsinquilting.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/printing-on-freezer-paper/
    to give you a look at how to use this technique on any of the paper patterns.
    The concept is the same you use when making a log cabin block… starting in the middle and adding pieces to sections you have already joined.
    What makes FREEZER paper piecing very different (and for me, the only way I’d attempt it) is that you never stitch through the paper… and when you are finished, the paper peels off the back with no fuss. Oh, and the freezer paper template is reusable for 3 or 4 rounds.
    I was firmly opposed to paper piecing till I tried this technique and used it with my guild to make New York Beauty blocks. Works great.
    I will post the second half of the tutorial tomorrow.

  2. What a fun building! Am sorry that somehow I missed the earlier discussion on feed sacks. Years ago I lucked into an amazing buy at an auction of a lady who was a hoarder. Bought 7 barrels of homespun yarn, commercial yard, fabrics, etc. Mostly contents unknown because these were 55 gallon cardboard drums. Turned out that one of them was mostly feed sacks and/or flour sacks. Sold most of them in a bundle to a woman who dealt in feed sacks, but kept enough for myself to do a little something with. My favorite was a Mickey/Minnie/Donald pattern in several colors. Have never been sure what to do with them, and, though I know almost nothing about them, have never heard of Disney patterns before.

  3. I have such a great affinity for mills…. A nearby rural town hosts an old-time farm equipment weekend in July with all the old corn-shuckers and sawing operations and thrashing done with the old tools and equipment. Over the last handful of years they built a working grist mill to grind flour. I was lucky enough last summer to spend the weekend giving out pancake samples from the flour ground that day. I think they need a feed sack designed to go along with their mill, don’t you think?
    Photo of the mill under construction:
    and the interior of the mill with it’s line shaft from the waterwheel:
    and, of course, feed sacks, in use:

  4. This looks like such a fun project. Thank you so much. I have too many irons in the fire at this time but have downloaded the pattern for later. Heading over to tell Peggy, too.

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