Sunday, September 14, 2008

Some stitchery...and Sunbonnet Sue!

I've caught up with my Noah's Ark stitcheries...here are the seven of them (I already showed you my first four about a month ago...but they look so cute all together)! Thanks for the free patterns, Lynette!


Today I also wanted to chat a little bit about Sunbonnet Sue. My grandmother loves Sunbonnet Sue; in fact, she has made lots of them for herself and for gifts for her sisters, daughters, grand-daughters, and friends. Here is a little quilt she made for me about 15 years ago...hand applique'd and quilted. This quilt greets me each time I enter my laundry room. I always smile when I see it because although I really like it, I haven't always understood the appeal of the Sunbonnet girls! In fact, I recall having several conversations with Grandma in which I good-naturedly teased her about her many Sunbonnet Sues...in the days before I was a quilter!
And here are two Sunbonnet quilts she made for my daughters. Grandma isn't quilting very much anymore (she's 87 now), and these are very special to us since they are the last quilts she has made for our family. Her redwork is beautiful, and she hand quilted them as well.

Each quilt has four Sunbonnet Sue blocks set together with the loveliest red fabrics (Grandma also loves red). I'm not sure that my girls yet understand the appeal of these gals...but I don't worry...I think they'll come to love them in time.
And as for me...well, these gals are kind of growing on me as I get older...I might even find myself making a Sunbonnet Sue quilt one of these days.

10 comments:

drucillastitches said...

Oh my, what gorgeous Redwork!! My grandmother is my inspiration for quilting and I miss her terribly! She stitched everything by hand and that truly amazes me! You are so blessed to still have your grandmother with you, I'm sure you cherish her! I love the Sunbonnett Sue! Thanks for sharing!

Sandi said...

Your Noah's Ark quilt is looking lovely.
Love the redwork sunbonnet Sues - So wonderful to have treasured family quilts made by your grandmother.
I am quite partial to red myself :)

Dawn said...

Beautiful! What a great family heirloom.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

My grandma isnt with us anymore but before she passed away she made every grandchild and great grandchild a quilt. They are so special to each of us. I love your Sunbonnet Sue quilts. They are wonderful.

Lorraine said...

I hae the last couple of Noah's Ark stitcheries sitting there just waiting to be stitched...how cute are they all looking!! That redwork is just gorgeous!

Christine said...

Love your Noah's Ark blocks .. I plan to start these soon. I really like redwork and enjoyed seeing your Grandma's lovely quilts.

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ivoryspring said...

Wow, the Noah's ark quilt is turning out to be so pretty. And I absolutely love the redwork sunbonnet sue!!

Carole said...

You bom is turning out nice. What a treasure those quilts are from you grandmother. Thanks for sharing!

Wren Cottage said...

Hello Sherry! Thanks so much for stopping by Wren Cottage :)
I love quilts, I've never made one, so I'm always in awe, especially ones as beautiful as yours!! Love all the stitched pieces of the "Noah's Ark" quilt, just adorable! And I'm with your grandmom, I love her red work sunbonnet Sues, I've always loved them :)
Have a great day and thanks again!! ~*~*~* Madai