Sunbonnet Sue: Pick a Side! and a Giveaway

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The infamous Sunbonnet Sue: love her or hate her? Have you picked a side? There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.

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I bought this vintage Sue quilt some years ago because I thought it was unusual. Two Sues in each block! I imagined them to be best friends “Sue and Lu” or Sue Sisters, or just Sue Times Two.

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Their bright solid colors appeal to me and I like the shaped border, so carefully bound. Primitive stars are hand embroidered between the blocks, but why in bright orange and blue? I wish I knew the story behind this piece of folk art.

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Judi Maxwell's "Colorado Sue"

 

I visited a quilt group in Parker, Colorado a few months ago and was introduced to Judi Maxwell, who showed a fun and funny Sunbonnet Sue quilt during Show & Tell. I asked Judi to tell me about her quilt and I learned it wasn’t the first one she has made.

I’ve always had a propensity for making quilts which are really applique samplers. The first Sue I ever made in the ’70s was doing something different in each block—flying a kite, using a watering can. About that time I saw The Sun Sets On Sunbonnet Sue made by some quilters in Lawrence, Kansas. I loved the irreverence of that quilt.

In the late 90s I made a SoCal (that’s for Southern California) Sue in which she is driving a red BMW convertible at the El Toro “Y”, going to the Oscars, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and surviving an earthquake.

Since moving to Colorado in 2001, I’d tried to come up with nine designs for a Sunbonnet Sue. Suddenly, all the ideas hit me August 26, 2010. I grabbed a sketch pad and the scenes came pouring out.

The nine Sue-scenes in Colorado Sue, beginning with the top row, are:

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Sue skis but takes a fall,

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tours a prairie dog community,

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and climbs her first “fourteener” (for those who don’t live in a mountain state, that’s any mountain at least 14,000 feet high).

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Sue is herding cattle on her DIA “devil horse” which happens to be blue with orange mane and tail,

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caught up in a tornado,

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and enduring the rain and hail of spring in the Rockies.


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Sue gets lost in the aspens,

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Sue learns to fly jets at the Air Force Academy,

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and Sue is a snow woman.



I did some research regarding the Sue quilt Judi mentioned above. It was made by a group of quilters who called themselves The Seamster’s Union (Local #500).

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The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue sports some rather twisted Sue humor. It depicts a variety of ways in which Sue could meet her demise. A few blocks are shown below.

 

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Sunbonnet Soup

 

 

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Eaten by a Snake (look closely so you don't miss Sue!)

 

 

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Struck by Lightning

 

I’ve only shown you the tamest blocks. You can see the more sick-ish Sues at the Great Lakes Quilt Center’s page.  When I saw this quilt years ago, I thought it was hilarious, but I have a weird sense of humor.

 

 

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And if all that was not enough, this week I reviewed a fun new book from Martingale called A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue by Christine Porter and Darra Williamson. Among other things, Sue goes to the beach, goes on a quilting cruise and even plays basketball during March Madness. My favorite part is Sue’s feet. In one block she wears Birkenstocks, and in another she is barefoot but her toenails are painted. I wish I had thought of it.

 

 

 

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Quiltmaker's "Best Friends" pattern

Quiltmaker has a Sunbonnet Sue pattern called Best Friends. Sue and her male counterpart (sometimes called Overall Bill) are sitting down. Complete instructions are included for making a crib quilt or twin comforter with pillow sham, plus a wall quilt and a 12-inch doll.

 

I’m wondering what Sue would be doing in your state. Please leave a comment before midnight Monday, March 7 telling us what state you’re in and some Sue blocks you’d dream up for that location. I’ll give the book and a fabric bundle to the most imaginative commenter! The winners (we couldn’t settle on just one, they were so imaginative!) are Donna, Nancy and Robin. Book and fabrics are on their way. Thanks to everyone who put Sue to work!


About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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88 Responses to Sunbonnet Sue: Pick a Side! and a Giveaway

  1. Kathie says:

    Hi: I just saw this post while I was Googling Sunbonnet Sue to see what’s out there on the web. I’ve so enjoyed reading your Sue thoughts. I haven’t created a really “odd” Sue, yet, but have really enjoyed the designs that have followed that line of thinking. Please come by and visit us at Prairie Cottage Corner. We think Sue is “mostly” good. I am creating a quilt where she comes out of the box a little. I hope to get it into thread soon. Thank you for the fun today. Kathie, in Odessa, WA

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  5. The pink vintage sue quilt is so cute. I think she did an amazing job in creating the quilt. I agree that the bright solid colors are definitely appealing to the eyes. The hand embroidered between the blocks are so cute too! Thanks for sharing these wondeful quilts. :)

  6. Linda in Louisiana says:

    I like Sue. I’ve made her as a cheerleader for my granddaughter with her school colors. And as a nurse for St. Jude. She will soon be featured on another quilt I’m designing this month. Long live Sue.

  7. CathyC in Alberta, CANADA says:

    Here in Alberta, CANADA she would be bundled to the max to protect herself from the -23C weather while shoveling the snow!

  8. Jan Williams says:

    I live in southern Illinois, not far from Paducah. She would be sitting at a sewing machine making a landscape quilt of all the places everyone have imagined her to be!

  9. Pam Kraus says:

    I Love Sunbonnet Sue, in Washington St. she would be quilting like crazy right now because it’s soooo rainy outside. But I think if she got the chance she would love to come and visit Miss. Sunbonnet Sue Indiana with Ellen Hurd because they are having a blast, Go Colts!!!!

  10. Sharon Thompson says:

    Judi Maxwell is my good friend and has a wonderful sense of humor. I recently moved to Arizona and think Sue would:
    Get pricked by a LaCholla cactus; chase a road runner; hike in Madera Canyon; run away from a bobcat; swelter in the summer heat; visit the Grand Canyon; go to the artist colony of Tubac; and have a margarita while watching the beautiful sunsets.

  11. Nancy N says:

    I love Sue. After my mother passed away. I found 12 Sue blocks that were completed so I put them together into a quilt. My daughter said she needed a quilt for a charity drive. I gave her the Sue quilt. Then I felt horrible that I had given away my mom’s last quilt. My daughter gave the quilt to her UPS man whose wife was pregnant and they were having a hard time financially. Later, she found out that the baby had been born blind. God works in mysterious ways. I know that my mom will always look out for this child. And I have felt much better ever since.

  12. Barb J says:

    I’m a day late, but I’ll throw in my 2 cents worth anyway! Pennsylvania – Sue would be visiting the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, relaxing in a heart-shaped bathtub in the Poconos, riding the incline in Pittsburgh and taking a railroad trip around the Horseshoe curve in Altoona. Since she is from PA, she has to be a sports fan, so she’s bound to go to the Steelers-Eagles game, and also one between the Pirates and the Phillies! She also would visit the Allegheny National Forest and watch the ducks walk on the backs of the fish at the Pymatuming Reservoir. There are SOOOO many things to do in PA!

  13. Rhonda says:

    BTW I live in TN…major detail I omitted.

  14. Rhonda says:

    I am embarrassed to say this because it is not what I am doing but undoubtedly Sue would be wearing that God-Awful UT orange color. While standing out like a sore thumb she would be enjoying the beautiful scenery and listening to country music. Ok I can live with the country music and I adore the mountainous views but I REFUSE to wear that ugly orange color; even if I was a sports fan!!!

  15. Toni says:

    Sun Bonnet Sue comes to the “Sunshine State”. In Florida there is so much she could do like wrestle with a gator or watch the shuttle watch in her first space suit. She could do some surfing in her iities tiniey weinie yellow polka dot bikini. I am sure she would finally get her first set of “minnie ear” with matching red and white polka dot dress. There is so much for more for her to try…

  16. Deborah in Atlanta says:

    Sunbonnet Sue comes to Georgia and she and Blue Ox visit the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Sunbonnet Sue is wearing her Georgia Bulldog dress and bonnet and is drinking a Coke and Blue Ox is wearing a Green Jacket and is brandshing a golf club (for the Augusta National Green Jacket Golf Tournament).

  17. Sunbonnet sue came to Minnesota to marry Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox became her best friend. Sue is wearing a parka and snow boots as she feeds Babe with Paul at her side!

  18. colleen says:

    Sunbonnet Sue in Pure Michigan – she will need quite the wardrobe to be styling here! A few baththing suits and beach accessories for sure as she swims thought the Great Lakes, Hiking boots and compass for the Porcupine Mts., and sweaters and camera for those fall hikes through the tunnel of trees. She of course will own the coolest of cars made in the USA and have a passport to travel through the tunnel to Canada for even more fun! U of M football attire and a very warm coat and mittens for the ice festivals! Thanks for chance to deck out Susie!

  19. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    My Sunbonnet Sue would catch some crabs
    and boil them with crawfish.
    Next hop on a float at Mardi Gras,
    ‘cos this has been her lifelong wish.
    She’d play with the band at Preservation Hall,
    And visit St Louis Cathedral too.
    Then visit the animals at Audubon Zoo,
    (Where they all axed for you!)
    She’d move on to Avery Island
    (the Tabasco sauce creator ) ,
    take a tour of the Atchafalaya
    and see nutrias, LA Blue Herons and gators.
    Go up to Toledo Bend in Cenla,
    catch some gigantic largemouth bass,
    and fly in a big old B-52,
    at Barksdale Air Force Base.
    There’s much more to do ,
    but I’m running out of room,
    so her adventures will end right here.
    Sue can come back, for more adventures,
    don’t know when, maybe later this year!

  20. Valerie Luther says:

    So many things Sunbonnet Sue would want to see in Virginia. She would start in Chincoteague watching wild ponies romp in teh surf of the Atlantic, then off to Willamsburg to visit Colonial Williamsburg,especially in the spring when flowers are in bloom and finish up her trip overlooking so many of the lookouts along Skyline Drive, part of the Blue Ridge Parkway! So uch to see, so little time!

  21. Wanda Sotkowy says:

    Well I live in Victoria BC Canada and lately Sunbonnet Sue would be picking daffodils in the sushine or playing in the park. I love her options!

  22. Charlotte says:

    I love Sun Bonnet Sue! She was the first and only quilt I have made. I have to make another one for my other granddaughter. Sue has given me the confidence I needed to get me started on my way to become a true quilter.

  23. Deb says:

    My Sunbonnet Sue is from the great state of Virginia. Her block would show mountains in the background for the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and she would be sitting on the bank of the James River fishing to signify all the fishermen on the Eastern Shore. But…instead of fishing with a fishing pole, Sunbonnet Sue holds out a long pole with the American flag hanging from it to honor our colonial ancestors in Jamestown and Williamsburg. Of course, she’s munching on peanuts from Suffolk and all the peanut farmers there. She’s so glad to be an American but a Virginian most of all!

  24. Amanda says:

    I live in Texas, so Sue would either be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, a Houston Texans cheerleader or a barrel racer in the rodeo. I fell in love with Sunbonnet Sue years ago. I have a vintage Sunbonnet Sue that my Great Grandma made my dad and well, he turns 70 this year! I also have one that my Grandma made for me several years ago!

  25. Lori says:

    I love Sue! She has been a part of our family for years. In Florida she would be at the beach, fishing and working on her tan at the pool! Not to mention going to Disney World!

  26. MarciaW says:

    rural Florida on a farm
    Sunbonnet Sue sun bathes on the Florida beaches
    Sunbonnet Sue catches a tarpon in the gulf
    Sunbonnet Sue girl in a swing
    Sunbonnet Sue waters the garden
    Sunbonnet Sue weeding
    Sunbonnet Sue watches a Gator
    Sunbonnet Sue shakes hands with a Seminole Indian
    Sunbonnet Sue Tennis Anyone?
    Sunbonnet Sue at the Levy County Quilt Museum
    Sunbonnet Sue wins a ribbon for her cake at The County Fair
    My mother likes to pair Sunbonnet Sue with Overalls Sam in baby quilts. She would enjoy this should I win. Thanks for the fun. Sunbonnet Sue signing off her computer

  27. I love Sue! in every shape and form. I hadn’t seen these quilts before…so funny! In Iowa she would be picking corn in the field, cooking steaks on the grill, working in her veg. garden, on her garden tractor plowing snow, visiting her favorite LQS, sewing by the fire, riding her bike, fishing in the Missouri. The list could be endless!

  28. I’m not a Sue lover, but have a friends who adores them. In New York State she’d pose with Lady Liberty, take a canal ride, pick some grapes along the Great Lakes, take a ride down Lake George on the old paddle boat, visit one of our many apple orchards, try to find her way thru one of Large Corn Maze, pose with the Largest Pumpkin, visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and Soccer Hall of Fame, and enjoy the Tulip Festival and washing of the cobble streets while in Dutch costume in the Capital, Albany.

  29. Claudia says:

    Oh, the things Sue could do here in Washington state! Ski, mountain climb, go boating on river, lake or on the ocean; fish for salmon, go crabbing for Dungeness crab, shuck oysters and clams, pick apples, pears, apricots, and grapes (or drink them), build Boeing jetliners, design computers and write code to make them work, grow and harvest wheat, peas, barley, lentils, garbonzos, and canola; study to be a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or veternarian; play basketball or baseball, be a lumberjack or miner; study to be a world famous chef, work on/in a hydroelectric dam; grow tulips and daffodils; make world famous glass sculptures, visit the top of the Space Needle and flirt with the Weedle on the Needle, attend concerts, plays, rodeos, and balloon festivals, visit casinos and have a relaxing visit to a spa. Oh, the things Sue can do in Washington!

  30. Rita Goshorn says:

    if sunbonnet sue came to the great state of alaska now, she could mush her dog team on the iditrod trail from anchorage to nome , dance under the northern lights near fairbank, do extreme skiing on the chugach mountains of the kenai peninsula , golf in the snow in the matanuska valley, snow machine in the denali park in the shadows of mt mckinley, fish for winter king salmon in the beautiful, mountain-ringed resurrection bay and do a photo op for polar bears on the arctic shores. sue would have a great ti e and make a good quilt!

  31. Jolee says:

    Sunbonnet Sue, in her visit to Michigan, would dip her toes in the sand and water at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She also would have to visit a cherry orchard, and probably a football game between the fantastic Michigan State Spartan and their rivals from “down the road” (UM…I’m an alumnus from both. I can choose favorites, right?). She may take a ride in the Motor City. At this point, she is exhausted, so she takes a ferry ride to Mackinaw Island, where she spends an extravagant couple days resting at the famous Grand Hotel, where she spends much time on its long porch. :-)

  32. arlette says:

    I love Sunbonnet Sue!!!!!, she’s the cutest!!!!!!, well I’m in other country, I’m in Costa Rica, I’m pretty sure, if she were here, you could find her in the beach, looking for fish and shells, she’s wearing the cutest swimsuit, I close my eyes and see her!!!!, she comes with her teddy bear, apples for rehidrate, suntan and her spanish dictionary (you never know what’s going to happen, lol), and just in case she can’t get to go to be beach… then we can find her in a swimming pool for kids because it’s really hot here now, we’re in summer!!!, we wouldn’t like to see her all melted!!!

  33. Dee W says:

    You know there’s an International Sunbonnet Sue book out now also. It’s a great one, Sue has lots of great costumes to wear. The granddaughter and I are looking to make one with our favorites.

  34. Judy K. says:

    I live on Long Island so Sue could be a commuter on the LIRR to her job in the city (that means sneakers with her business suit!) and spending the weekends on one of our gorgeous beaches.

  35. happy zombie says:

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  36. Dana says:

    Sue creeps me out, I don’t like clowns either. I guess I like to see a person’s face. I did like the snake picture though, best Sue I’ve ever seen. I’m in the Florida Keys and we’re having a problem with pythons, so I guess that’s what we would do with her. Don’t hate me.

  37. Nancy says:

    I live in Maine…I would have Sue in a dress of blueberry print walking along with a basket of pinecones. Another would be of Sue walking along the beach with a lobster somewhere in the block and a sailboat.

  38. Candy says:

    I think Sunbonnet Sue is adorable! I’m not a fan of applique but I coyuld see myself drafting a quilt for her in Michigan. She would be snow skiing in winter, water skiing in summer.! She would have to be sailing on one of the Great Lakes and enjoying the sandy beach on the west side of the state. She would make a cherry pie and , of course, eat Mackinac Island fudge! She would drive a convertible (American made, naturally!) over the bridge. She would visit the forests and see deer and elk. I could go on and on! Michigan is a great place to live!

  39. Lyn says:

    Let’s see…what would Sue do if she was in Texas — San Antonio, specifically. I tend to like the normal as well as the quirky Sues, so I would do 9 blocks that were a mix:

    Sue Remembers the Alamo
    Sue Visits the Riverwalk (and falls in)
    Sue Gets Cedar Fever (mountain cedar allergy)
    Sue Attends Fiesta (great spring festival)
    Sue sees the Hill Country wildflowers (gorgeous wildflowers down here)
    Sue Goes Tubing on the Guadalupe River upside down)
    Sue Lights a Luminaria (Christmas tradition)
    Sue Becomes a Cowgirl (western wear Sue)
    Sue Rides into the Sunset (flopped over a horse)

  40. Holly Zessin says:

    In my part of Illinois Sue is on a John Deere tractor baling hay, then surrounded with bunnies, sheep, piglets, Calves and chicks of course with knee high chore boots.

  41. Susan Kruse says:

    Sunbonnet Sue could take you on a wonderful adventure through Nebraksa and it’s rich heritage. How about a block a month .. here is what Sue would Do in Nebraska past… to now!

    Block One: Sunbonnet Sue’s latest adventure finds her flying on the back of the lead Sandhills Crane following the Pioneer Trails of Nebraska in a perfect v-flight formation.
    Block Two: Sun Bonnet Sue decides to travel by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail.
    Block Three: She stops to rest on a Log Cabin nestled between the Platte River and the vast gently rolling valley prairie.
    Block Four: She meets up with Willa Cather to get in her classic book, My Ántonia, signed (on a) at Red Cloud.
    Block Five: She experiences riding a pony to deliver a special love letter for the Pony Express.
    Block Six: Sue gets a well taught shooting lesson from Wild “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
    Block Seven: Sun Bonnet Sue dons a Plains Indian war bonnet.
    Block Eight: Off to school with Sue at a one room school house!
    Block Nine: Sun Bonnet Sue is amazed at the windmills she sees.
    Block Ten: Sue serves cake to the soldiers at the World War II canteen.
    Block Eleven: Sue is on the caboose of the election train.
    Block Twelve: Sun Bonnet Sue saves the best till last… a visit to the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln!

  42. Lynne Foote says:

    Here in Melbourne Australia ,Sunbonnet Sue would be competing in the Iron man competition. She would be swimming in the ocean, then paddling on a surf ski and then a long run along the beach. She might even be surfing.

  43. Flossie says:

    New Brunswick, Canada
    If Sunbonnet Sue were here, in January she could be skiing or ice fishing. Watch the hole in the ice.! In May she could be picking fiddleheads along the streams,also in June she could be fishing Salmon along our famous Restigouche and Miramichi rivers. July and August would find her on our beautiful beaches and there she could either gather unusual shapes of driftwood or some nice colored beach glass . Don’t forget your bonnet in the sun!!In October we have the most gorgeous sunsets. She could find all kinds of pretty colored Maple leafs(leaves) and add them to her quilt..She will be so busy come Christmas that she will just sit in front of the fireplace and relax Everybody loves Sue!!!

  44. Sheryl W. says:

    I’m from Missouri. Sue would have to attend a Cardinals baseball game and eat a hot dog. She’d have a concrete (thick milkshake) at Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard in St. Louis. She’d walk across the Mississippi River on the Chain of Rocks Bridge. She would have to ride the rollercoaster at Six Flags and tour Meramec Caverns. I can see her playing the banjo in a bluegrass band at Silver Dollar City and performing on the Showboat Branson Belle in a vintage dress. Later she’d be at Hallmark’s headquarters in KC, wearing their famous crown symbol.

  45. JoAn godfrey says:

    in indiana, she would be in an open wheel race car going over 230MPH around indy.
    i LOVE ELLEN HURD’S for indiana no 29

  46. Wendi says:

    I live in CA and right about now, Sue would be in her dungarees, floppy hat to shade her from the sun and water boots, panning for GOLD!

  47. mary jayne anspach says:

    Sunbonnet sue would be planting a garden and picking tomatoes, corn and cucumbers and squash in the spring. in the summer she would be digging for clams on the beach and just playing in the sand. fall would see her picking and decorating her pumpkins and during the winter after she finished building her snowmen and having hot chocolate she would be warm in cozy inside her house, just quilting away!

  48. Dixie says:

    Sue would be at the Biltmore Estate enjoying the house, gardens and fine Western NC weather. Next week she will be at the Pigeon Forge Quilt show!! It’s just the best here!!

  49. Kasey Potts says:

    Oh my word, I adore the Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue!!! Too funny! If Sue were to visit Indiana, I’d get her lost in a corn maze in the fall (she seems naive enough), or, since I currently live in the circus city, maybe she could tame a lion or try the high wire.

  50. In Northern Indiana , Susie would be dressed for shoveling snow for this never ending winter this year ! in Spring she’d have to get her leather coat and chaps out and go riding with my husband on our Harley ! then in May it would be flower and garden planting time ! In June she’d have to bake me a birthday cake, and then we’d go to Lake Michigan for some summer fun on the beach (it’s REAL close!) ! In the fall , she’d have to get into Notre Dame Football mode . And of course the COLTS and / or the BEARS (only since we are so close to Chicago ……) would be on the list . And then , Miss Susie would have to spend time with ME sewing !!

  51. Roberta says:

    Here in tinkerVille, sunbonnet sue would have a pair of fairy wings. She would sprinkle her pixie dust in the patchwork flower gardens, and tiptoe into the robin’s nests bringing tiny quilts to keep the chicks warm. She would float down the river on her favorite lily quiltpad. She and her sunbonnet fairy friends would dance in the moonlight, and leave a quilty fairy ring to be discovered in the morning light.

  52. Vickie says:

    In Washington Sunbonnet Sue would definitly pick Apples and Pears. She would also definitly Participate in Ski to Sea in Bellingham. Starting at the top of Mt Baker the relay ends in the Sound. That way she could participate in various legs of the race, doing outdoor activities such as biking, canoeing, running, and skiing. She could have such fun!!

  53. Jennifer says:

    I love Sue, in Tennessee she would be roaming around at Dollywood looking for Dolly. Go to watch the UT Lady Vols play ball. Then go on up to the Smokies and take a hike so to speak . Then she’d head down toward Nashville and perform at the Old Ryman Auditorium. Oh the possibilities are endless.

  54. Amanda says:

    I love Sue! I just put several Sue books on my amazon wishlist as a hint for my husband. Here in Idaho she would probably be digging potatoes. :o )

  55. barbara blair says:

    I live in Ohio and attended Ohio University, so Sue would be picking buckeyes or at a football stadium rooting for the Panthers!

  56. Jennifer says:

    In SW Montana Sue could be riding a snowmobile through Yellowstone Park or fly fishing the Madison river (as they did in the movie ” A River Runs Through It”)! I made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt years ago, long after I’d given up hope of having a daughter of my own. My daughter is now 4 years old and will be receiving that quilt for Christmas this year!

  57. Charlotte Hebrank says:

    I have made a Sunbonnet Sue wallhanging for my oldest granddaughter. I am in Maryland and I would have Sue crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay.

  58. Ludi Munoz says:

    In Spain she would be either enjoying our beaches sunbathing and swimming, or eating wonderful Spanish food or dancing flamenco.
    I love Sunbonnet, may be I will try her in a flamenco suit!!!

  59. Linda says:

    Ontario – climbing the CN tower – or maybe dangling off the top, going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, building snow forts! I love Sunbonnet Sue but have never actually made one!

  60. Ellen Hurd says:

    In Indiana Sue would be so busy first to start off in January 2012 she would have to attend the Super Bowl and of course be a cheerleader for the colts. Then in February we need to finish cheering on the colleges in basket ball you know IU & Purdue. Then in March she needs to be downtown to dye the canal green for Saint patrick’s day and be in the parade. Then April She is the Easter Bunnies egg hider. May she attends the 50o Festival parade and then is the official 500 pace car driver. June She will be celebrating the dads from all over the state with a father’s day breakfast served by her of course. Big news this just in…I hear the tickets are sold out! July it she will be leading the fire departments in setting up a state wide fire work show to music over the White river. August she will be hosting a back to school fashion show. September she will be hosting the labor day telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. She has no time to rest as she is due for October fest and & Halloween parties. Turkey day is in November and she will pardon a turkey for the govenor. Then she will be at the homelss shelter helping to serve the feast. December rolls around and she has so much shopping to do for the toys for tots. When Christmas rolls around she passes out the goodies then she will sit down with a quilt by the fire and have a cup of eggnog before she goes to sleep until December 31st when she welcomes the newest baby to the world in the labor and Delivery room. Sue will be one busy gal in Indiana!

  61. sandra hutchins says:

    My home is in Oklahoma. (Oklahoma is an Indian word meaning land of the red people.) Oklahoma also has many tornadoes each spring. I’d make a Sunbonnet Sue flying in a tornado. She would land in Kansas and see Sunbonnet Dorothy and Toto. A whole quilt could be made with that theme: dogs, red shoes, two Sues, sunflowers, and even an Oklahoma Sunbonnet Indian Sue.

  62. Roanne Speedie says:

    Up here in Alaska Sue would definitely try her hand at dog-sledding. She would also have to have a go panning for gold and salmon fishing. Maybe a quick trip out for some moose hunting. She may even want to try some ice-carving. After all that, she would probably want to sit back and watch the northern lights.

  63. Mary DeBrunner says:

    Sue might be visiting Kings Island , north of Cincinnati, and riding one of their thrill rides.

  64. Mary DeBrunner says:

    Sue would be riding a paddlewheel/steamboat on the beautiful Ohio River as it passes the Serpentine Wall in Cincinnati.

  65. Susan says:

    In Montana, Sue would be hiking up and down in Glacier Park; more cattle driving; gardening; and quilting, of course. ;)

    I love the Sunbonnet Soup with that little fan! lol

  66. Denise C says:

    She would be kicking back on the beach with a nice cool beverage (alcohol or no alcohol your choice) and playing in the Gulf on South Padre Island, Texas. She would have a colorful umbrella along with a comfy beach chair.

  67. jennifer w. says:

    She would be flying the Texas flag and wearing a cowboy hat!

  68. Billie K says:

    In Texas Sue would be riding a bull, lassoing a calf while eating a taco singing the Yellow Rose of Texas….hee hee.

    Billie in TX

  69. Carolyn says:

    Forgot to mention – Here in Alabama, Sunbonnet Sue would, also, have to be at our beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches catching a few rays and swimming in the beatiful blue water.

  70. Carolyn says:

    While vacationing in Colorado many years ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Silverton while the local quilt guild’s show was going on – the challenge to the members for that show was to make a block depicting a Naughty Sunbonnet Sue. The blocks were wonderful – how naughty can Sunbonnet Sue be??? They were more charming and funny than naughty. I hope they still exist.

  71. Sandy Allen says:

    Here in Missouri, Sue could take a ride up in the Gateway Arch, visit with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home, See the start of the Pony Express ride, taste bar-b-que in Kansas City, visit Forest Park where the 1904 World’s Fair was held, shop at the outlet at Lake of the Ozarks, visit Branson for a fun get away, all kinds of fun things!

  72. Ann says:

    I’m in Alabama. Sue would be in a space shuttle going to the international space station.

  73. Dee says:

    In Nebraska, I think she could be the second Sue Husker. (Ndamukong Suh, pronounced Sue, being the first, now a Detroit Lion) We have a Herbie Husker so why not a Husker Sue, Huskeretta Sue, Husky Sue, Hussy Sue or maybe a Rah Rah Sue? All in red & white Nebr. colors of course.. I like Sue :)

  74. bonnie says:

    opps didn’t read it all the way, so Sue in Sunny Florida, Bathing on the Beach, or riding her wave runner… If she were in my hometown in Pa she would be riding in a horse and buggy

  75. Jocelyn says:

    I live in Florida. Welcome, Sunbonnet Sue, to the Sunshine State! Sue would be sun bathing and collecting shells on our golden beach shores. Of course she would have to have an umbrella and lots of suntan lotion, as I am sure those little legs have never seen the light of day in all of these years. The brim of her hat would protect her face and her dress would be eyelet so she could at least benefit a little from the blazing rays of sunshine. Building a sand castle is a must, with little waterways surrounding the castle, as the water laps at Sue’s feet. There may even be a little Fiddler crab trying to grab Sue’s hidden toe. I hope Sunbonnet Sue enjoys her little Florida vacation.

  76. bonnie says:

    I just love Sue no matter what she is doing, I think it would be great for a sue travels the USA quilt… or Sue and her olympic events quilt… OH the things Sue could do…

  77. SewLindaAnn says:

    I live in Gawguh (Georgia). Sue would have a lovely southern belle type life here. She’d be the Peach Beauty Queen and ride thru on a John Deere tractor, pick blueberries at a pick your own farm in overalls and a pretty basket, attend Dragon Con in a wild Star Trek outfit, run the Peach Race downtown, perform at the famous Fox Theatre (perhaps Sunbonnet Songs of the South) and be shown eating a hot dog at the famous “Varsity” and finally participate in a re-enactment of part of the Civil War in a time appropriate outfit as Sue does Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. I love Sue, and the possibilities. I think I’m inspired to create one now, thanks!

  78. Gill says:

    If Sunbonnet Sue lived near me she’d be getting ready for two royal weddings as I live within 20 miles of Prince Charles and Princess Anne!!!

  79. robin says:

    In Manitoba, Sunbonnet Sue would hang out at Festival du Voyageur in February, checking out the snow sculptures, fiddling contest and dogsledding races in Winnipeg. I’m guessing she wouldn’t take part in the Beard Growing Contest, but with her head turned, one never knows… Over Spring Break, she’d head over to Brandon for the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair where she could watch show jumping, the Superdogs, and check out all the beautiful horses competing. In July she’d travel to Morris for the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition, and get in on the rodeo fun. I can just see her now as the rodeo clown! She’s fit right in. :)

  80. Jane says:

    Nova Scotia. Sue is alive and well busily lobster fishing and then eating them. No fancy table for this Sue, she is in the kitchen with a newspaper covering the table and using a hammer to break the shell.
    She has fresh homemade rolls, lemon and melted butter.
    It is messy, but Sue is really enjoying her feast.

  81. mary fredrichs says:

    South Dakota..Sue could be ‘enstoned’ on Mt. Rushmore, wrestling gators at the Reptile Garden in Rapid City; chasing buffalo at the roundup in Custer; finding dinosaur bones near where “Sue” was found near Buffalo, enjoying a rodeo in Faith – maybe even riding a bucking bronc there! Boating in the spillwaters of Oahe Dam near Pierre; waterskiiing in the Missouri River; riding the rollar coaster at the state fair in Huron, stealing a watermelon in a patch near Forestburg, climbing the towers of the (World’s only) Corn Palace in Mitchell, dancing with butterflies at the Sertoma Butterfly house in Sioux Falls, checking out a teepee near Lower Brule; Battling a blizzard -just about ANYWHERE in the state this year…. playing with the chickens out in my yard on my farm; she would also be hiding in a stall in the barn watching the calves from around a corner. My Jack Russell would love to show her how to catch squirrels in the grainery too…….and the list goes on.

  82. Lisa says:

    In San Luis Obispo County, California Sunbonnet Sue will make wine in the Fall (a la Lucy Ricardo stomping grapes and with a grape leaf in the foreground); go bird watching in the Winter (on the Central Coast we have a Winter Bird Festival that’s internationally known among those inclined to watch birds – while bird watching she’d be watched by a bird, of course, a heron would be nice); Sue will attend the Seven Sisters quilt show in Spring (wearing her finest Spring bonnet and dress while looking up at a large quilt with the snail’s trail pattern, which is part of the logo for the SLO Quilters); and she will be at the beach all Summer long because she likes to surf!

    Diane, thanks for the fun of imagining what Sue would do in California while visiting the Central Coast. I rather like all the fun folks have with Sue, what a wonderfully entertaining character she is! Have you seen this post http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunbonnet-sues-dark-side.html
    by Ms. Barbara Brackman about Sue’s dark side? Thanks!~~Lisa

  83. gail says:

    I hate Sunbonnet Sue – the fact we can’t see her face doesn’t give me a warm feeling.

  84. Donna Albright says:

    In Iowa she could be combining corn in the fall with leather gloves on and the bill of a cap coming out from under her sunbonnet — or perhaps she could have a cap over top of her sunbonnet. It would be coolest if she were driving the tractor with a corn picker on and no cab on the tractor. Wouldn’t it be interesting to make an appliqued tractor!!!!! I could be in over my head here!!!

  85. Renea says:

    In Iowa Sue would be on her John Deere tractor out in a field of corn or soybeans. She could be seen hanging out her clean laundry on the clothesline. Or she could be outside shoveling snow off of the sidewalk and driveaway. Maybe sitting beside the Mississippi River with a fishing pole in her hand. Many possibilities for Sunbonnet Sue in Iowa!

  86. Robyn Brown says:

    In Tennessee Sue would be eating barbecue in Memphis while visiting Graceland. She would take a tour down Beale Street and a quick trip to Mud Island and of course she wouldn’t miss the ducks at the Peabody. Then she would zip to the music city and attend the CMT awards as an emcee and host a spot on the Grand Ol’ Opry. She would visit the Hermitage as wel. She would then visit Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge; breakfast at the Apple Barn, visit the mountains, climb Clingman’s Dome, ride the zip line and ski Obergatlinburg followed by a pancake dinner. Our intrepid Sue would also attend a Vols game and run through the T in Knoxville. Last but not least she would see Rock City high atop Lookout Mountain!

  87. Karen G says:

    I love sunbonnet sue. My favorite aunt made me a sunbonnet sue quilt that I treasure. My aunt has been gone for many years and the quilt is old but it holds wonderful memories.

  88. Patty Hall says:

    Ohio she would be in line to try to get a job and wishing she had studied harder in School so she could have gone to OSU . Then she might be the one who was owning the company that was going to hire a person. Wearing her best red and gray and white clothes.

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