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Feed Sacks: The colorful history of a frugal fabric

Join author and fabric designer, Linzee Kull McCray at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Newton Public Library for a presentation on the history of feed sack fabrics.

McCray will discuss the history of the humble feed sack, from a plain burlap sack to exuberantly patterned and colorful bags that were repurposed into frocks, aprons and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the 20th century. This event is free to attend and open to the public. No registration required.

McCray spent 13 years as a writer and editor for the University of Iowa, then turned her focus to freelancing on topics dear to her heart: textiles, craft and art. Following the publication of her book, Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, she created a line of feed sack-inspired fabrics for Moda. McCray’s writing appears in American Patchwork and Quilting, UPPERCASE, American Quilt Retailer, Modern Patchwork, Quilt Sampler, Oprah, and on Etsy’s blog. She’s also the author of the book Art Quilts of the Midwest and has curated museum exhibitions based on her books.

For more information, contact the Newton Public Library at 641-792-4108.

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