Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue, A - 12 Small Quilts - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Darra Williamson, Christine Porter
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Using today's exciting fabrics, quilting experts Christine Porter and Darra Williamson give Sunbonnet Sue a wonderfully updated look.

  • Find 12 small quilts featuring different themes, one for each month of the year
  • Enjoy full-sized pattern pieces and fast-and-easy fusible applique
  • Discover fun embellishing tips with each project

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by Darra Williamson, Christine Porter
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
February 9th, 2011

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Review from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine

Ever-popular Sunbonnet Sue is a fun-time girl in this book that features patterns for 12 wall hangings, each 22” x 26”. She begins her year on the ski slopes, and goes on to enjoy spring showers, a summertime quilt cruise, a trip to the beach and holidays. Full-size pattern pieces and fast, fusible applique make this book a great block-of-the-month possibility.

Review from Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Twelve small quilts, one for each month, all featuring Sunbonnet Sue. Each month has its own seasonal details. January has our heroine skiing and in July she has a barbeque.

The figures are appliqued on the background with fusible web and the edges blanket stitched through all three layers (top, batting, and backing), which adds decorative stitching and quilting at the same time.

There are templates for the applique pieces and instructions and diagrams with helpful suggestions for fabric choices and embellishment. The borders are always interesting. Sue goes on a quilting cruise in June so rotary cutters frame the picture. A collection of colorful, humorous quilts.

Review from Today’s Books

Quilt icon Sunbonnet Sue gets a 21st Century makeover by two international experts: San Francisco area quilting publishing professional Darra (Duffy) Williamson and Bristol, England quilting judge and Quilt Seminars at Sea instructor Christine Porter, in their A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue: 12 Small Projects. In addition to 12 months of calendar fun for Sue (she skis, swoons, BBQs, celebrates the holidays), the authors have created two larger quilts available with online instructions. Williamson was a Professional Quilter Teacher of the Year. Porter was formerly Patchwork & Quilting coeditor. Illustrated by Adrienne Smitke with photos by Brent Kane. Web resources listed. Praised by “The Quilt Show” cohost Alex Anderson (“Top-notch instructions. Delightful, whimsical, and easy-to-make.”). Today’s Books editor Lex Ticonderoga puts A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue on the “A-List!”

Review from Sewing/Needlework @ Suite 101

By Christine Porter and Darra Williamson, this title brings a touch of class and modernity to this American icon. At the same time the designers have retained Sue’s charm and innocence. In these quilts, she has shed the apron.

These are color-rich, seasonal projects with one for each month of the year. Suitable for beginners, the delightful, quick and easy designs will be ready in no time. They’re only 22 inches by 26 inches. These combine appliqué and easy piecing techniques.

The center panel of each quilt depicts Sue engaged in a seasonal activity. The borders offer seasonal motifs, which are mostly appliquéd. January shows a ski trip. In the summer Sue goes on a cruise and visits the beach. September finds her back in the classroom. These are darling quilts you’ll proudly display throughout the house.

For each project the authors provide a list of materials, a cutting chart, and step by step, color illustrated instructions from start to finish along with color layouts. There are full-size, ready to use appliqué templates. Throughout the book there are boxes with quick tips. This title also covers sewing and quilting basics as well as hand and machine appliqué.

Review from the Applique Society

Sunbonnet Sue gets a facelift for the 21st century. This classic little girl continues to enchant quilters generation after generation. Quiltmakers Christine Porter and Darra Williamson present 12 small quilts, 22" x26", that feature Sue in seasonal settings based on the theme of the month. January finds Sue hitting the slopes on her skis. Sue dons her yellow rain slicker for those April showers and come September, Sue heads back to school.

The book is broken down into two sections. “Sue Basics” is an area where all the elements common to each quilt are presented. Following that, you have your choice of 12 seasonal quilts you may want to create. Make them all or just choose your favorite.

The patterns are designed for fusible appliqué. If you would like to hand appliqué your quilt you will need to reverse the patterns and add 3/16" to 1/4" seam allowance to each template piece. Full-size patterns for Sue and elements for each quilt can be found in the book. As an added bonus you can visit a website listed in the back of the book for instructions for two larger quilts using the same Sue blocks you created in the smaller projects.

Review from Fabrications Magazine

By using today's enticing fabrics, quilting experts Christine Porter and Darra Williamson give Sunbonnet Sue a wonderfully updated face lift and a new lease on life. There is a series of small quilts, one for each month of the year. Featuring seasonal themes, fast and easy fusible applique methods and useful embellishing tips. She has returned with a modern new look.

Darra Williamson

Darra Williamson has been quilting and teaching for almost 30 years. Named Professional Quilter magazine's 1989 Quilt Teacher of the Year, she has taught throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Darra is a freelance editorial consultant for quilt-book publishers, authors, and websites.

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Christine Porter

Christine Porter is an internationally recognized quilt judge, teacher, lecturer, and author. She has taught in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Dubai.

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