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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

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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.  

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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