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Red Rover... come on over!

Red Rover... come on over!

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Feedsacks Red Rover by Linzee Kull McCray.

The spirit of Feed Sacks: Red Rover comes straight from an age-old idea - at the end of a summer’s day, there’s nothing better than gathering out-of-doors with family and friends. 

The grown-ups pull up chairs on the porch to talk about neighborhood news and swap recipes, while under the shade of the oak trees the neighborhood children play games—Simon Says, Mother May I, Capture the Flag, and of course, Red Rover.

If this scene took place in the 1940s and 1950s, it’s likely that the women on the porch would also be sewing, the baskets at their sides filled with scraps of the feed sacks they’d transformed into curtains, aprons, and the clothing worn by their scampering children.

Feed Sacks: Red Rover is based on actual feed sack prints, the very fabrics that children may have worn as they ran whooping under the trees. Just like those original sacks, Feed Sacks: Red Rover is perfect for skirts, curtains, pillowcases, and baby bloomers. And of course, it’s perfection for quilts.

Signs of String - CSQ103.  This fat-eighth-friendly quilt finishes at 64" x 64".

And while today’s quilters may not be using scraps to piece quilts in the same way that the “waste not, want not” generation did, plenty of contemporary scraps become hexagons or are stitched into a pincushion.

The bright, clear colors of Feed Sacks: Red Rover work well all together and in two- and three-color combinations, as well—blue and yellow; blue, green and yellow; and red and green.

On Every Corner - CSQ104 - measuring 62" x 62", this quilt is fat-eighth friendly. 

The allure of evenings in the yard is as strong today as it ever was. A July 2018 issue of Real Simple magazine sang the praises of “Backyard Bliss” and provided ideas for screening outdoor movies and “glamping.” Though the suggestions included technology not available in the heyday of feed sacks, the attraction to a quieter, simpler time remains strong and these fabrics will speak to lovers of traditional and modern fabrics and quilts.

On Every Corner - Red.  Don't you love how a simple change with the color palette makes a quilt look so different?

CSQ102 - Goodness Grows.  Measuring 65" x 68", this quilt is also available as a kit.  

So grab a tall, icy glass of lemonade, put down your cell phone, and stitch awhile.

Enjoy the view of zinnias in the garden, the wind whispering overhead in the willows, and the shriek of happy children. Red Rover, Red Rover, won’t you come over?