When I saw that Pickle Dish had just come out with a new book, A Bag of Scraps: Quilts and the Garment District by Edie McGinnis, I immediately wanted to see it. Long ago, my grandmother made a quilt from leftovers from woolen quilt bindings that came for the Faribault Woolen Mills and I was intrigued that others too had benefited from leftover scraps from manufacturing companies.
I loved reading the history portion of the evolution of the garment industry and how they distributed scraps. I loved reading about immigrant workers, the Triangle Shirt factory fire and the evolution of unions which completely changed the industry.
I also loved seeing the quilts. I love this block!!
There are eight quilts in the book and five projects. The quilt below is very unique.
This basket quilt is cute..but I am still afraid of applique..that doesn’t mean I don’t love looking at it!!
I liked this book best from the history aspect..and there is lots of that. The first 26 pages are history. I was so intrigued. In 1929 one factory had 1,000 workers and were producing 5,000 dresses a day!!
So would you like to win a copy?? Leave a comment telling if you like the history aspect of quilting or just like it as a hobby.