My grandmother and Aunts would make Sunbonnets all the time. They had a cousin who worked in a sheet factory years ago who would send them several 50 pound boxes of sheeting scraps every year. And they would make applique quilts. Sunbonnet Sues and Overall Bills using coloring books to embroidery interesting backgrounds.
They would also do the gingham dog and calico kitten poem, with appliqued dogs and cats romping around the poem.
30 years ago, they were selling their queen size quilts for several hundred dollars. Baby quilts were $50. Of course it was mostly hand done, the only machine sewing was joining the blocks. The applique, quilting and binding was all done by hand.
I wonder what they would be worth now? I wonder if any of them are around. They were funny about quilts. they wouldn't give a quilt to any of us kids growing up. If we wanted one, we'd have to pay for it like all the rest of the people.
I made this Sunbonnet a few years ago for QFK's.
I remember them carefully tracing out pattern pieces with a pencil and cardboard template and cutting with scissors each piece, using each little scrap of fabric for something. I wonder if they would have embraced the rotary cutting way of quilting or would have fainted at the waste?
What are your old memories of family quilters? What patterns did they make the most?