1950 - 1969 Dorothy Overall's Flour-Sack Bassinet Quilt


This bassinet quilt with a framed center design is made of high-quality plain blue and white cotton feed sack fabrics. Dorothy Overall of Caldwell, Kansas, a contestant in many sewing events in the 1950s and 1960s, pieced and appliquéd this quilt on a Pfaff sewing machine she had won in a contest. In 1959 she won the National Cotton Bag Sewing Contest that included a vacation trip to Hollywood as part of the prize.

According to Dorothy, cotton feed sack fabric was light enough for summer, almost as nice as percale and the colors didn’t fade. Cotton sacks for flour, animal feed and other commodities were produced in many colors and prints. Flour and feed companies found that their sales were often influenced by the popularity of their sacks which were used for clothes and household items.

Date Made: 1950-1969

Quilter: Overall, Dorothy

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Advertising Devices, Children, Feed sack, Flour Sacks, Quilting

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Sputnik, Textiles, Domestic Furnishings, Quilts


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Overall

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0102.07Accession Number: 1992.0102Catalog Number: 1992.0102.07

Object Name: quilt, bassinetObject Type: quilts

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)thread, cotton (overall material)filling, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 31 in x 27 in; 79 cm x 67 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-be2f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556241

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