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January 2014

Butterfly Applique Quilt

B527aI decided that this adorable butterfly had been tucked away in its shoe box far too long and deserved to see the light of day--and got to work on it.  And, after all the hours of work I put in on this, I should have had an actual quilt to show you.  But, no.  I just have a new pattern for anyone who is looking for a sweet, sunny little winter project to keep them occupied.  If this appeals to you, the pattern has been added to the shop.

Butterfly Applique Quilt #527

1935 Sunbonnet Sue Quilt


Introducing an old fashioned Sunbonnet Sue applique quilt pattern from 1935. 

This sweet pattern was distributed through a variety of newspapers back in the day and was originally a traceable pattern.  It's been reprinted as an iron-on transfer.   

I've included directions for doing traditional applique and freezer paper applique (my favorite) method, along with updated detailed directions for making the quilt.  


If you use the same fabric print for all the pieces it creates a silhouette effect!  Any way you make it, it's quite charming.  Here's an applique block that I made just using some fabric scraps that I had.  


Sunbonnet Quilt Applique sample
The finished motif size is about 10".  A 13-inch block is suggested for the quilt.  If applique is not your thing, the motif can also be embroidered as-is without the addition of piece-work.

1935 Sunbonnet Sue Quilt #126