Modern Sunbonnet Wall Hanging

For my birthday in 2009, my oldest daughter made up a bunch of hand embroidered redwork pieces featuring sunbonnet ladies doing various phases of quilting.  She got her patterns from Quilting Bee Designs.  I made up the first wall hanging using some of the panels in 2010:

Sunbonnet Quilters

Busy Quilt Room

Airing the Quilts

I was down to my last seven panels and used six of them to make a final wall hanging.  I like these blocks which have old-fashioned sunbonnet ladies working with all of the modern conveniences – designing on the computer, unloading fabric from the trunk of a car, washing in a modern washing machine, using the latest rotary cutters and sewing machine.  I used an alternate block called Road to Oklahoma from my Electric Quilt 6 software.

After I had assembled the top, my daughter took it back to hand quilt.  Her work is so beautiful.

I finished the quilt off with label, sleeve and binding.  For the label, I printed a recent picture of my daughter and me along with the description on fabric.

It makes a beautiful wall hanging and a fitting finale to working with some wonderful redwork embroidery.

I made up the 7th block as a mini-quilt for my tabletop rack and did some very simple machine quilting.

Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

7 thoughts on “Modern Sunbonnet Wall Hanging”

  1. It’s such a mark of her love for you that she would put so much time into the initial redwork and then do the beautiful quilting on your quilt. I love the block designs!

  2. What a great heirloom! The two of you did a great job on this quilt and I am sure you both will have fond memories of doing this together. And I love the Modern SBSs! Again, great quilt – thanks for sharing.

  3. So nice that you work together on projects. Your daughter’s hand quilting is outstanding. Never heard of the Modern Sunbonnet Sue, but is’t she cute?

  4. I made several similar quilts for the shop where I worked prior to retirement. [I did the piecing, not the embroidery] The blocks were machine-embroidered and featured little girls in various ‘colonial’ costumes. We tried several colors of embroidery and coordinating fabrics but the favorites were reds or deep pinks.
    Your example with hand work is definitely more of an heirloom/treasure.

  5. Did you happen to save your favorite for the mini hangar or was it just the last one? Some people love to iron (press?) and some just don’t. I’ll iron fabric any day of the week but don’t ask me to iron clothing…

    Great collaborative project 🙂

    1. I liked the panel with the ironing but it just happened to be the one that was left. Since I’m from the generation(s) that ironed every piece of clothing, it doesn’t bother me to iron anything and I still cringe a little when I see my children’s or grandchildren’s clothes are a little crumpled – it doesn’t bother them at all.

      Thanks for your nice comment. Lillian

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