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Thread: How to finish Inherited SB Sue

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    Junior Member mimistutz's Avatar
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    My sister inherited a whole stack of hand made Sun Bonnet Sue's from her Grandmother in law several years ago. She just showed them to me recently and I am trying to encourage her to complete a quilt. The Sue's are completed, about 10" tall and just need appliqued on something. I'm a fairly new quilter and my sister has only done one quilt about 35 years ago, but sews other things very well.
    My question, how would you finish it? My first thought was different colored blocks and she thought just one solid piece and put them on that. I just saw a thread about muslin and it struck me that would probably be a good thing to put them on.
    What suggestions do you have?

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    I would google "sunbonnet sue", click on "images" and find a setting that appealed to me. There are many ways you could use them, all a matter of personal preference.

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    Check out the SBSs in the Gallery. There are some nice ones, and it may give you some ideas. How nice that your sister has these Sue's that her grandmother-in-law made.

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    You can google Sunbonnet Sue and get a lot of ideas or just search here on this site. Can we see a picture of some of the blocks?

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    yes, lets see some pictures

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    How very special to get Sues her grand mother made, it would be nice to just applique them on a nice muslin or plain white. That would certainly be in line w/the era they were made.

    Good luck & be sure & share your pics of these sweet ladies.

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    I would consider a simple/plain background to show off Grandma's work.

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    Generally, the Sue's are appliqued to a plain background of muslin or tone one tone fabric. You can get creative, if you decide to add sashing between the blocks, by using a different fabric to go around each block, generally 30's reproduction fabric. I have seen them with a variety of sashing fabrics, but depending on the age of the blocks, this might be something to consider.

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    I would put them on muslin blocks, pick your favorite color for sashing and borders. Easier to adjust the size of the top this way too.

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    One of my absolute favorite Sunbonnet Sue variations I've seen is set on point alternating with an Irish chain-type of block. I know someone on this board has one such quilt as her avatar. Hopefully someone will post a picture!

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    I met a lady at Hobby Lobby recently (in the fabric dept of course) and we were talking quilting and she mentioned that she is making THREE SB quilts for her granddaughters....she even invited me to her house to see them. A week or so later I went to her house saw her awesome quilts, still in progress.....she had cut 12" squares of white fabric, maybe sheets ???, and had centered each SB on each of them....she had appliqued them too ! She was so very nice that when I left there she GAVE me an extra block she wasn't going to need for me to use as reference; not only that, she gave me a baggie full of various pieces she had cut and didn't need. She said that she didn't think she would ever do another SB and I was welcome to her extras !

    She apparently is a thrifty quilter and showed me how she has used her scrappy bits to create these awesome quilts. I can hardly wait to start mine.

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    I think they look great appliqued to white (or natural) muslin and sashed with appropriate fabric to coordinate with the Sue clothing. That's what I would recommend.

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    Thanks for all your replies. I've never done a SB, but figured there must be an "authentic" way,think I have it. Thank you again. I'll try to get some pics, Now I just need to get her moving on it. JoAnns has a coupon for Muslin 40% off this week, maybe I'll buy her some for encouragement.

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