Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quilt # 8 - Sunbonnet Sue Orchestra

This was my very first Sunbonnet Sue.  It was completed on February 7, 2011.  One of the greatest things about Sunbonnet Sue is that you can add your own taste or voice to create a very unique quilt using a very standard block.  I decided on a Sunbonnet Sue Orchestra, and I love it!  My mother gave me a perfect fat quarter that had the perfect sized musical instruments on it, and I appliqued those on with the Sues.  It was really easy.

I used "Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day" as my pattern book, and it was so easy, quick, and fun.  The applique technique is to use fusible interfacing that you stitch, right sides together, to the fabric.  Cut it out, turn it right side out, iron, quilt, and it's done!  The other great thing about this technique is that you quilt the batting on and sew the pieces on at the same time.   When you have your pieces ironed on and ready to sew, you cut pieces of batting that are 1/4" smaller on all sides.  You lay that batting down, and as you do the final stitching around the pieces, you are also quilting it to the batting.  Genius.  Then it's as easy as constructing the blocks, and stitching in the ditch between squares to quilt the backing.  This is so much easier than trying to maneuver an entire quilt while doing the quilting stitches around curves and small pieces.

A lot of people have been inspired by Sunbonnet Sue.  Her history dates back to the 19th century and an illustrator named Kate Greenway.  Greenway was challenged by a colleague to create a character who could show personality without showing their face.  Her illustrations of the first Sunbonnet Babies inspired many to embroider her designs, and eventually the Sunbonnet Sue quilt block was born.

many have been inspired by Sunbonnet Sue.  Here's a traditional Sue:

Here's a quirky Sunbonnet Sue Quilt that puts Sue in different scenarios from different movies:

And this very famous quilt, "The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue"

Whether you love Sue or hate her, she is inspirational.  I really am very happy with how my Sunbonnet Sue Orchestra turned out, and I definitely want to make another one.

To see the full Sunbonnet Sue Orchestra album, click the link:

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