I love Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam! They were very popular patterns in the 1930’s. Not everyone today likes them–here’s a funny post from Barbara Brackman about the difficulties in portraying her just right. I posted awhile back about my Overall Sam quilt, but neglected to talk much about the matching Sunbonnet Sue.
This was made for my husband’s cousin’s first baby, and I had great fun using all my gingham scraps and finding solids to match for her bonnet. Several years went by, and then baby number two came (who was a boy), so I figured it was time for Overall Sam to make an appearance:
Overall Sam was as fun to do as the Sunbonnet Sue, because I shopped for some tiny plaids to use for his overalls, and used scraps I had for his straw hat. Somehow, this quilt ended up with more blocks than the first one–not sure how that happened! Poor memory on my part, I guess.
Both these quilts were machine appliqued. I used fusible web with peel-off paper on the back of the pieces, and then ironed them in place. I stitched around all the edges with a black blanket stitch done by my Pfaff machine. Then I quilted around the entire shape.
Give machine applique a try sometime, with simple shapes like these–I think you’ll like it!