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Thread: Look Mom, No Hands! Sunbonnet Sue Estate Sale Find

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    What a wonderful quilt, happy that you "rescued" it!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Apparently the history is of Sunbonnet Sue is discussed in "A Meeting of the Sunbonnet Children" by Betty J. Hagerman. She suggests that Bertha Corbett influenced by English author and illustrator Kate Greenway, may be credited with being the American mother of the Sunbonnet babies.

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    My husband"s grandmother used to make the sunbonnet Sue, but she put hands on the quilt. I made some too, but always put hands on the quilt. It sure looks odd with no hands on them. Maybe, the person couldn't decide what color
    the hands should be, so they left them off. HA HA . I love going to thrift stores, and yard sales. You can find some really nice stuff, you had a good day, and came home with something precious. The quilt might be worth more money because Sue has no hands, I would get it appraised for insurance purposes.
    Pauline

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    I heard that the handless Sue's have their hands in their pockets. But, this is just what I was told when I asked an aunt years ago why some of her Sue's had hands and some didn't on the same quilt.
    The decisions we make determine the lives that we lead. - The Renaissance Man

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    I made a Sunbonnet Sue many, many years ago and did not notice she did not have a hand (only one arm shows) until many years later when I saw some with a hand. I got my pattern from a library book. Maybe her hands are hidden by long sleeves so she won't get sunburned hands. I love Sunbonnet Sue and your quilt is beautiful.

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    Maybe the quilter was trying to find some flesh colored fabric for the hands or she may have intended to embroider them after quilting so the quilting stitches would not go over her embroidery. I have done the Sue's both ways, applique and embroidey. Usually when she has one hand raised, she is holding an umbrella, balloons, flowers or other items.
    I would definitely give her hands, just my humble opinion. It was a fantastic find, enjoy!!
    GeeGee

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    OH MY, that is adorable. Great find.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Oh, I love that idea of turning the blocks on the outside - that is neat!

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    Have a great day!

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    Thanks for sharing Sun Bonnet Sue. Interesting viewing the fabric choices and the stitches used to separate each block. My grandmother made a quilt for my sister and for me. My sister's quilt has a hand stitch herringbone black design. She didn't have time to finish mine before she passed away 50 years ago.
    Carol

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    That's a beautiful quilt!! You did good, finding that quilt. Enjoy it!
    Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply,Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to GOD

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    What a great find, whoever made it did a great job and now it's yours!!!!

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    Love it!! Sunbonnet Sue is one of my favorite patterns.

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    Maybe the quiltmaker didn't want to do those little pieces. I doubt it really means anything. The hands I did on mine looked like mittens.
    Another Phyllis
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    That is stunning....Great find...

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    What a find and a treasure......

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    This is just beautiful. Would love to make both my granddaughters one.

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    What wonderful find!!! Love it!!

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    Great find! Beautiful quilt!

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