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

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    Look Mom, No Hands! Sunbonnet Sue Estate Sale Find

    Yesterday I bought this wonderful older Sunbonnet Sue quilt at an estate sale. I don't think it is quite as old as the 30's, but still has vintage fabrics.

    An interesting point about it is the orientation of the girls along the outer long edges -- they are set so that they are standing upright when the quilt is draped at the edge of the bed. My picture shows the quilt on a queen sized bed.

    Does anyone know anything about the history of the Sunbonnet Sue pattern? I know that some have hands and some do not, but I don't know why.

    Thanks for looking!

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    That's funny! I never noticed that before.

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    Great find!!! What a simply beautiful quilt! You were at the right place at the right time.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    What a good idea to turn the block when they hang on the side of the bed. I never thought about that.

    I'm curious to hear about the headless Sunbonnet Sues.
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    nice quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    What a good idea to turn the block when they hang on the side of the bed. I never thought about that.

    I'm curious to hear about the headless Sunbonnet Sues.
    Kathleen,

    It is "handless", not "headless". I read somewhere awhile back about the lack of hands on some of the patterns, but of course, I didn't have a "handless" Sue quilt at the time, so the information didn't stick.

    Dayle

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    Beautiful quilt.. Great find...

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    very nice....

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    That is so cute. Wow what a find.

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    That is a beautiful hand quilted Sunbonnet Sue. Never seen one without hands.

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    Beautiful quilt.
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    Beautiful quilt! I know there have been posts on here before about the history. Good luck, hope you find it.
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    Will be looking forward to the answer............... great find.

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    It's a great find!

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    Beautiful find!

    Amazing what people are willing to part with.

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    Absolutely beautiful. That quilt is a real treasure.
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    Those are just so pretty. I have a few SunBonnet Sue's my mother left.
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    That's a pretty quilt, but the no hands thing freaks me out. Bar the very unlikely option that we are being inclusive of amputees and others without limbs, the only message I can take from no arms is that she is powerless. I am just getting past issues of being freaked out about never seeing her face (upside is it could after all allow any of us to imagine its a picture of us). But honestly- it's hard not to be disturbed by no hands, especially for those who work with their hands.

    You could appliqué her some new hands and let her get busy!
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    I am going to an estate sale today, hope I am as lucky...quilt is awesome

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    A treasure for sure!

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    What a fantastic quilt. Great find.
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    what an awesome quilt.

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    Beautiful quilt! I love Sun Bonnet Sues, but then I love all the traditional patterns! Glad it found a good home, and will be loved and cared for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie View Post
    That's a pretty quilt, but the no hands thing freaks me out. Bar the very unlikely option that we are being inclusive of amputees and others without limbs, the only message I can take from no arms is that she is powerless. I am just getting past issues of being freaked out about never seeing her face (upside is it could after all allow any of us to imagine its a picture of us). But honestly- it's hard not to be disturbed by no hands, especially for those who work with their hands.

    You could appliqué her some new hands and let her get busy!
    Honestly, I never really thought of all of this as an issue. I consider it simplicity of design (much as stick figures in drawing, etc) Also, my grandmother ALWAYS wore a sunbonnet. I rarely saw her without one. And her face wasn't visible when she walked out in the yard ( unless I stood right in front of her). As far as the hands are concerned, I actually never noticed SS with two arms. I've only seen just the one, assuming there was another one on the other side.

    I was a first grade teacher and some of their art left A LOT to the imagination. Anyone wishing to know more about this design can google Sunbonnet Sue and Sam. There are several free printable patterns from different eras. It's interesting to see the different designs.


    this SS quilt is gorgeous. I love the quilting that was done. You really hit the jackpot with this one. Congratulations.
    Last edited by GailG; 06-29-2013 at 04:41 AM.

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    A lucky find.
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