Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue by Christine Porter and Darra Williamson

When I first started quilting, I wasn’t really a fan of Sunbonnet Sue. One of the quilt groups online had a block swap and Sue was the block chosen.  It was only then that I fell in love with the simplicity and charm of Sunbonnet Sue.

A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue is a block-of-the-month style pattern book. The book contains twelve individual wall hanging patterns.   All of the instructions for the wall quilts are in the book, but there is also an address online at the Martingale Publisher’s site with full instructions for a seasonal 4-block quilt and for a full 12-block quilt.    

So, what is different about this Sunbonnet Sue book?  Each block has a “The Fabrics Make the Quilt Section.”  The book explains fully how to find the best fabrics for each block design.   It has detailed instructions on everything from preparing for the appliqué all the way through binding the quilts.  Full-sized patterns for each piece are included. There are wonderful little tips scattered throughout the book that show special attention to detail, such as instruction for cutting the pieces with consideration to grain of fabric.

The would be a perfect book for in-person or online quilt groups wanting to do a block-of-the-month.  Also for all skill level quilters, or to make a quilt for a special child.


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