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Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Sam Quilt Blocks

Old 04-02-2014, 04:26 PM
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I just recently joined this Board to try and find some information. My mother was an awesome quilter in her day but not is not able to quilt due to dementia. I recently found a bag from her home which contained completed quilt blocks of Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Sam enough for what looks like a full or queen size quilt. She even had the backing material that she was going to use in the bag. Any suggestions as to what to do or where to take these to have someone complete this wonderful quilt?
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:38 PM
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Check with your local quilt shop or a quilt guild. There may be someone listed at one of those organizations who will finish the quilt for you. Good luck. Sounds like it would be a real treasure to have finished!
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:43 PM
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Welcome from Texas and what a treasure you found. Good luck with it and don't forget to post pics
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How do I post pics of the blocks? I would love for everyone to see my Mom's work!
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I just went through the blocks and there are 36 and they are from the Sunbonnet Sue Visits Quilt in a Day by Eleanor Burns quilting book which was in the bag. Each block is 13" X 13" all with batting attached. It looks like it would be for a twin size quilt.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:27 PM
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That is just wonderful you found those. What a treasure. Welcome to the board from Arizona.
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i do not know where you live , but if you are close to an Amish or conservative Mennonite area often the young girls will do this kind of work. I was at an old order Amish store a few days ago and was reading the bulletin boards , there were at least two ads I recall that were offering sewing for hire . Worth a shot if you are in the country . hope to see pics of the blocks soon
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Welcome to the board. Don't rule out finishing these yourself! Imagine how much more meaningful the quilt will be if you AND your mom worked on it. Check with a local quilt shop (LQS) or guild in your area and take a class or two. I wouldn't make this my first project since you want to do your mom's work justice, but after you have made a quilt or two (or a dozen) you can finish it for her and enjoy it. Since the blocks are made a lot of the work has already been done.

If you go to the QB help center (bottom of main page) you should find a tutorial for posting pictures. It will be a sticky at the top of the page. Your pics may have to be reduced to post them here; there is a thread for that too. I'm looking forward to seeing your mom's work.

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Thanks all for the info! Unfortunately Mom has four daughters and not one of us does any kind of sewing! I have just inherited all of her quilting and cross stitching supplies that she had. I have binders full of patterns and lots of thing I just don't know what to do with. I just cannot depart with anything just yet. I have a few unfinished other quilts not as far along as the Sunbonnet.....I live in Hartford Connecticut area so if anyone is close by please let me know and you are welcome to come by and "peruse" at my stash.....would love have things go to a "good home"!
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New England is full of wonderfully productive quilters, I'm sure you can find a quilting guild close by and they can direct you.

And just because you've never quilted *yet* doesn't mean you need never learn! Making quilts generally requires only a straight stitch - nothing fancy - and the ability to cut a straight line with a ruler and a rotary cutter (looks exactly like a pizza cutter). Every quilt shop has beginning classes and most guilds have someone who will take a complete beginner under their wing. Wish I were closer, I'd love to mentor you so you could finish your mom's quilt yourself. What a lovely memory.

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