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.
Please visit Cotton Fields Quilt Shop to see the lovely fabrics Lori carries in her shop as well as the books, patterns, kits and notions she has available. She has a fabulous assortment of beautiful batiks!