Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Quilt That Took 75+ Years To Make

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This pattern was very popular during the Depression and is called Sunbonnet Sue. It is applique and there are a gazillion different versions of Sunbonnet Sue. Most of these quilts were made from whatever little scraps of fabric the ladies had hanging around, or from old feed sacks, damaged/worn out clothing, etc.

My grandmother made these Sunbonnet Sue blocks around 1930. My mother had them and had pretty much forgotten about them until 3 years ago. Thankfully they had been lovingly stored in her cedar chest and she remembered them and asked me if I wanted to see them. Well of course! So she got them out and we inspected them. Overall they were in terrific shape. A few little tiny stains that give the blocks character ... a few places where the embroidery needed to be repaired ... the blocks needed to be squared up and cut to a uniform size. Then we assembled the blocks using some 1930's replica depression era fabric for the sashings/borders and binding.

This was truly a quilt from the heart and I love to look at it and know that 3 generations of women (my grandmother, my mother, myself) had a part in making it come to life. My grandmother passed away 20 years ago, but I'm sure she is smiling about this quilt.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun find and project for you! I remember seeing that pattern as a child! Great job! I am sure it is something you will always treasure!