Once upon a time, daughter dear was a little girl. She was about 11 when I decided I must make her the Sunbonnet Sue quilt I had seen in my local quilt shop. It was being offered as a class, and Rachel and I spent alot of time together debating fabrics I should use. Somewhere along the line, it was decided (Rachel's decision, I'm sure!) that there should be a cat in (almost) every block. So those little kitties are all our creation. A couple of the months we didn't like the pattern, so we created our own. Here's a glance at each block, in calendar order.
I happened to have this quilt at my house this month, as Rachel had asked me to sew a casing on it so she could hang it in baby's room. Interesting timing, as Susan of The History Quilter did a podcast that included history about Sunbonnet Sue quilts.
Bertha Corbett Melcher, an illustrator for the Minneapolis Journal, is credited as creator of the original Sunbonnet Sue image at the turn of the century.One of their first appearances was in children's primers. The first quilt pattern was published in 1911 in The Ladies' Home Journal. Listen to Susan's podcast to learn more about Sue's history and how she was popularized.
Here is our quilt, completed in 1995. Note that in addition to the 'monthly' blocks, the four borders reflect the changing seasons of the year. It was fun to take a little journey back in time and remember the fun Rachel and I had making this quilt together.