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    Super Member dungeonquilter's Avatar
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    I have been given some Sunbonnet Sue blocks in Thirties prints (I think they are original, not reproductions). Some have been appliqued onto stained muslin with black floss in a buttonhole stitch. Some have just been basted together, ready to applique. 25 in all. I want to replace the muslin with new muslin. Debating on whether to use black floss to redo them, and match the colours in the pieces with darker shade. I have a ton of floss from a store closing. I don't have a pictures at this time.

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    Isn't black stitching traditional for Sue blocks?

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    I would certainly replace the stained muslin. You don't have to use black floss if you would like to match colors instead.

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    If the blocks are for you, I think you should do what pleases you. Different colored floss could look really cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat and pups
    Isn't black stitching traditional for Sue blocks?
    When I was 12 years old, my aunt taught me how to applique Sunbonnet Sue blocks. We used black embroidery floss. I still have those little blocks -- notice I said "blocks" and not quilt!!?? Those little jewels were cut from double knit polyester and stitched onto white cotton squares!!! Imagine that!!! ;-)

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    I agree, use whatever colored thread you want on them :D:D:D

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    The black is traditional, but I think it would look nice to match the floss with the predominant color of each block!

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    I think you shoulddo it the way you want, since you are the one who gets to see it every day! Hope you will post a picture when you finish!

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    It will be a fusion quilt, a little old and a little new. Do it the way it pleases you. Totally agree on changing the background.

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    You might be able to get the stains out of the muslin by soaking the blocks in some Oxi-Clean & water.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. I have tried to wash the blocks, and could not get any of the stains out. Also I can't match the colour with new for the blocks that aren't done yet, so will replace it all. I will post a picture when done, but it could be a bit yet.

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    Depend on if you like that look and like to do hand work.

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    My mom had a number of embroidered pieces from the 30's and 40's that had the black outline stitching.

    My MIL made lots of quilts and I think she did either white or matching stitching on her SBS.

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    Many years ago my mom made us a 25th anniversry Sunbonnet Sue quilot and she used colors that matched the dresses and shoes. It is delightful.

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    You might tea-dye the rest of the muslin if the stain is just from age.

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