The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue…
One of the most famous applique quilt designs of all time is Sunbonnet Sue, the darling little youngster with her face hidden under a huge hat. Based on children’s books from the early 1900s, Sue is the probably the most adorable quilt pattern ever created.
And that’s the problem – she can be a bit too cutesy for some people. By the 1970s, a group of quilters from Lawrence, KS (my old home town) determined they’d had enough of sweet Sue and they decided to kill her off. Each quilter created a block showing Sue meeting her demise in some terrible, and terribly funny, way, including tied to railroad tracks, eaten by a snake, and, since it was the 70s, even hit by Skylab!
The finished 20-block quilt, called “The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue” (see it here), became notorious in quilting circles and was eventually donated to the Michigan State University quilt museum.