Quilting · Sew-n-Sews 2011 BOM

Sunbonnet Sue January block

My Sew-n-Sews quilt group chose to do a Sunbonnet Sue quilt for our 2011 Block of the Month project. I’m not particularly familiar with Sunbonnet Sue, except that it is a widely recognized pattern. So I did a little research before delving into the project.

Sunbonnet Sue has been around since the early 1900s, when Bertha Corbett Melcher illustrated this book: The Sunbonnet Babies.

Sunbonnet Babies Primer book cover

[image from sunbonnetsue.com]

Since then, Bertha’s illustrations became widely popular and she illustrated more children’s books. Her illustrations were printed on fabrics just a few years after the first book came out. Sunbonnet Sue was also seen on chinaware, postcards, and many other popular staples of the time.


For my 2011 quilt, I decided to use cream-colored quilter’s muslin for the background. I think this will lend an air of age and authenticity to the work. I’m also going to limit my color palette to “old-fashioned” looking prints and fabrics. I want to end up with a vintage-looking quilt. Here’s my January block.

Sunbonnet Sue January block

It’s a little wrinkly at the moment, but I’m sure I can iron it out. I’m also considering doing a second version that is hand stitched only. No fabric, just perle cotton thread…. We’ll see if I can get that rolling too.

Overall, I’m excited to work on this pattern over the next year!


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