Sunbonnet Sue Pattern
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Appliqued Cotton. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: Sun Bonnet Sue was based on a popular illustrated book by Bertha Corbett and Eulalie Osgood Groover called the "Sunbonnet Babies Primer" in 1900, which became part of a collection of books. Sunbonnet Sue became so popular that she could be found everywhere from calendars to China. The first quilt pattern emerged circa 1915. The quilt pattern was particularly popular in the 1930nulls. This quilt is made from various feedsack prints appliqued with red thread. The work appears to have been completed by several different people. There are a total of thirty blocks that are machine sewn together and quilted in a chevron pattern. An inner border of white fabric is quilted in a vine pattern and the outer border of white fabric is quilted in a diagonal grid pattern. Exhibition History: Rothman Gallery, F&M College, PA, 1993. Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001), an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. purchased quilt from Hatti Brunner (1890-1982), Antiques dealer from Reinholds, Pennsylvania in the 1950nulls.
90 x 100 inches