Sunbonnet Sue Pattern Used in Fusible Grid Article


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Sunbonnet Sue Pattern Used in Fusible Grid Article

A reader asked what pattern was used in the Sunbonnet Sue quilt from the Using Fusible Grid. This is the answer.

Sunbonnet Sue Pattern Used in Fusible Grid Article


The method used in this quilt was adapted from the on-point t-shirt quilt technique developed by Sue Nichols of Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs. No pattern was used, but the general directions for her on-point quilts are quite useful.



Here are the steps I used.


  1. I made the Sunbonnet Sues using a die cutter as shown in this photo. They were made using charm squares with a variety of matching colors for the skirt, hat, shoes, etc. This group was purchased as a bundle. Each of the charm squares had a fusible interfacing ironed onto the back BEFORE they were cut on the die. This made it possible to stick them directly on the background squares and iron them in place.


  1. The background squares are 10" layer cake squares, but you can easily cut your own 10” squares. Hubby has even used charm squares (or anything with even inches.) These are placed on the grid fabric purchased for that purpose. The grid fabric comes in either on-point or square.
    • The grid fabric has iron-on sticky, so when you place your squares using the grid, you can see exactly where they need to go and then iron them down.
    • Between the squares, there is 2 inches for the sashing.


  1. BUT, because of the way the quilt is sewn, sashing is cut 1 and 7/8 inches instead of 2 inches. It is placed between the squares and ironed down.
    • For my Sunbonnet Sue, I didn’t want to have a sashing that was pure white. I thought it needed some color, so I used scraps of the Sunbonnet Sues to add color swatches that matched. The scraps were sewn with the white into strips and then cut to the sashing size. This is the reason that the sashing in the quilt looks so random.


  1. To sew the top of the quilt, it is folded along the lines between the squares and the sashing. A 3/8 inch seam is used to sew this fold. Sew the folds all in one direction, then press. Then sew the folds in the other direction.


  1. You may add borders to the finished quilt top if you wish.


Hubby and I have both used this technique for a variety of quilts. He is currently working on a Disney character quilt for the same grandchild. I have also used this technique to rescue a tablecloth that was chicken scratched by my mother. Using the grid stabilized the embroidery and allowed me to cut the tablecloth into squares to create a quilt.


If you are willing to play, you can create!


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A quilt that is so badly damaged or worn that it's only purpose now is to be cut up for other craft projects.
Various webs or interfacings which can be ironed onto a fabric for easier applique or to support the fabric.
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
Quilt Top
The top layer of a quilt Sandwich.
Fabric that separates the patterns or blocks, framing them and making the quilt larger.

See Also: Strip
Sunbonnet Sue
An old, yet popular, applique design which originated in the 1920s-30s of a girl with a big sunbonnet hiding her face. "Sue" is still made in both traditional and modern looks.
Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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