McKissick Museum Collection 1990.02.00.18
A hand-pieced, one-patch quilt using a diamond-shaped block that features feed sack fabrics in pastel colors characteristic of the Depression-era. By 1890, cotton sacks had replaced wooden barrels as containers for shipping farm and food products. Women were quick to repurpose these sacks as clothing and in quilts. Initially the sacks were made of unbleached muslin and printed with product brands. But by 1925, seed and flower sack manufacturers began making sacks in colorful prints that women sought out for their quilts. Feed sack fabrics remained popular until the 1950s, when companies switched from using cotton sacks to less expensive paper bags.