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Blue Bird of Happiness

A couple of years ago my parents served on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Monument Valley.  While there my mom was introduced to Blue Bird Flour.  It comes in these cute cloth sacks. 

She had been saving them to make something.  She has quite a stack going.  Well this weekend my dad was up and brought me the stack.  There are 11 sacks of various sizes.  I called to thank my mom for this wonderful gift.  She told me that she didn’t know when she would get to them but knew that I would enjoy them.  She is so right.  The wheels in my mind are turning.  Plans are forming. 

What would you do with a stack of these lovely sacks?


  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Oh happy day! Awesome. I'd cut the circles out and use them as a motif but I'd also salvage the words. Oh I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • Lynn says:

    Wow!! If I had those the first thing I would do is go to pintrest and get lots of ideas. I just did ( and typed in flour sack quilts), now I'll be dreaming of flour sack fabric all afternoon.

  • liniecat says:

    Ive never seen fabric floursacks, I dont think the Uk ever had them, so I reckon your incredibly lucky to have them.
    what a lovely Mum lol
    I might be tempted to cut them into strips and weave them together and maybe selectively kantha stitch on them.
    It will be nice to see how you make use of them must admit.

  • Needled Mom says:

    Oh…how fun! Those will look fabulous when done. Are they all the same print?

  • Nedra says:

    I will be watching to see what wonderful things you come up with! Great story.

  • Dora, the Quilter says:

    I've lived in Bluebird Flour country for more than 25 years. The quality of the cotton has changed a lot–much thinner now. But launder once and most of the ink/paint is gone. I never tried to heat-set it or set it in any other way, so I don't know if that can be done.

  • Sew Create It - Jane says:

    I think they would make excellent cushions or bags…

    If you type "feed sack" in google and look at the results under images you can see lots of ideas!

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