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    Old 06-30-2013, 01:25 PM
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    What a wonderful quilt, happy that you "rescued" it!!!!
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    Old 06-30-2013, 01:33 PM
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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.

    I'm just quoting, I don't know anything for sure!
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    Old 06-30-2013, 01:48 PM
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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.
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    Old 06-30-2013, 02:38 PM
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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.
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    Old 06-30-2013, 03:23 PM
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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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    Old 06-30-2013, 03:33 PM
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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!!
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    Old 06-30-2013, 03:47 PM
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    OH MY, that is adorable. Great find.
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    Old 06-30-2013, 04:04 PM
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    Oh, I love that idea of turning the blocks on the outside - that is neat!

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    Old 06-30-2013, 06:07 PM
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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.
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    Old 06-30-2013, 06:20 PM
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    That's a beautiful quilt!! You did good, finding that quilt. Enjoy it!
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