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Monday, March 15, 2021

Pieced Sunbonnet Sue

 

Merikay Waldvogel sends a picture of this block,
an appliqued Sunbonnet figure.

She knew the source, a 1937 Laura Wheeler pattern
from the syndicated newspaper column.


Recycled in 1977
as an Alice Brooks design
by the same company

They intended it to be pieced - I've darkened the lines
here. I think that vertical, rather wavy line in the lower left is
meant to be embroidered. You could print this out
8" and you'd have a pattern.

The pattern brings up several questions. Did anyone ever piece it?

 Merikay's appliqued version is the only made-up block we've found.

More questions. What is she doing? 

A music stand?


What is that item on the left?


In the appliqued block it looks like a podium. We like it for a logo for our Six Know-It-Alls lecture.
Next one: Sunday March 21st, 10 AM Eastern Time. Link soon.

But then again, maybe it is a giant martini.





The pattern is in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns & BlockBase+ 
but I was working from drawings by other indexers and we never quite got
the lines right. If you have an urge to piece it follow the pattern above.

8 comments:

  1. Well, Merikay's appliqued block does look like a music stand. I would like to think it was a giant martini, but knowing how busy Sue has been over the years, I would guess that it is a large bowl and she is plate spinning. Oh how I miss Ed Sullivan!

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  2. I've always thought that it was a flower that she was picking. I've been collecting sunbonnet patterns and quilts for years and have never seen an actual one!

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  3. NOBODY ever made it? There might have to be a challenge.

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  4. The "pretty maids all in a row" in one of the clippings makes me think it was intended to be a flower. But it looks like the person who did the applique changed it to a music stand.

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  5. Hmmm, I might have to try this one when I get to that block on the Grandmother's Choice quilt I'm working on (12 blocks done). How to make her holding or planting a "Votes for Women" sign like I was planning to have the applique version hold though... There may be a bit of pattern drafting in my future.

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  6. I thought it was a bird. But I'll take it as a martini. Shaken. Not stirred. lol

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  7. I thought it was meant to be a chicken.

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