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The Saga of Sunbonnet Sue Continues

Back in May I posted that I was considering re-construction of a SBS/Dutch Doll quilt given to a friend’s parents as a wedding gift. They will be celebrating their 60th anniversary in December. I finally found the “right” color pink for the replacement sashing, with the promise that the store will have more of this same color before I need backing, and have possibilities for the replacement fabric for the dress in the top righthand corner… And I finally decided that I would not be able to re-construct the quilt if I never got brave enough to complete the de-construction of it…. So tonight I sat down with seam ripper, small scissors, and a bag for the de-construction debris…


This quilt, while still having “strong bones” looked to be “almost falling apart.” The batting has turned to cotton balls, and the edges were pretty well shot. Well, I can tell you, after spending a few hours with said seam ripper, and scissors, that this quilt was still in much sounder condition than it appeared. I have frog-stitched my way through the quilting stitches, snipping away the batting as I went – and after the grueling loss by the Astros to the Texas Rangers, I have made my way through 1.5 rows of blocks. Who’d have ever guessed that it may well take me longer to take this thing apart safely than it will to put it back together? Well, maybe some of you who have undertaken something like this before had a clue; but I guess I was pretty clueless! I started by trying to undo the machine sewn seam holding the inner edge of the border/sashing to the backing – and that seam was much stronger than I ever would have thought. I feel like one of those people who work in a demolition crew – there are little pieces of cotton batting stuck all over. At least it’s not concrete dust! This is the “Stashbuster At-Home Retreat Weekend” and I guess this project may well take me all weekend long – just to get un-quilted. Then, perhaps, I’ll be able to tell whether the background underneath the SBS appliques will be salvageable, or if that will have to go out with the cotton balls. Wish me luck!


June 22, 2007 - Posted by | Quilting and Hobbies (wishing I had 'spare' time)


  1. Thanks for mentioning you were documenting this process on the Stashbuster list. I will check back often to see how you are getting on. Very interesting blog 🙂

    Comment by Helen in the UK | June 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. Tag you are it!

    Please list 7 random things about you.

    I’ve been asked to restore old quilts. I’m glad you are talking about it here.

    Comment by Julie | June 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. Wow – you are a brave lady! I’m going to enjoy watching your progress – thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Su Bee | June 25, 2007 | Reply

  4. Your quilting is wonderful. Your sunbonnet babies is the same as the one my step grandma made for my baby sister when she was born 47 years ago. And, my sisters quilt was a copy of the one my step grandma made for my stepmom when before she was born. I admire your needlwork……. I can barely sew on a button.

    AW, I can’t take the credit for the needle work on the sunbonnet babies – they were made before I was born. My challenge is to restore them to something resembling their former glory. But thanks for visiting!

    Comment by American Woman | July 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. Better you than me!!! Good luck with a huge job.

    Comment by thyme to quilt | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. Wow! I have recently purchased a quilt that is literally the twin of this quilt! Including frayed edges, balled up batting and the whole works! I am also a nurse living in Texas…

    Have a wonderful day!!


    Comment by Julie | April 14, 2008 | Reply

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