I Stand Corrected: Sue Uncovered

Hi everyone: I was planning to write about something different today but decided instead to share with you an interesting bit of information that recently came my way. Shortly before I posted about the “Holly Hobbie” quilt I put together for my niece, I wrote to Kim Bunchuck (www.Sunbonnetsue.com). I thought the pattern to be Holly as it was made in the ’70s by my mother-in-law for her granddaughter, Holly. It looked suspiciously like Sunbonnet Sue to me, so I wrote to Kim hoping for some expert advice. Since I didn’t hear back from her before the post went live, I simply went with Holly. Yesterday I received an e-mail from Kim providing me with the source of the pattern. I just checked on her blog to see that she has posted my note and question regarding the pattern. Don’t you just love how this all works?

Here’s her response:

“This pattern was designed by the famous Jinny Beyer. Attached is the copy of the article from Quilters Newsletter magazine in 1975 (It took me a while to find it). The pattern was published at the height of the Holly Hobbie craze, but Jinny Beyer still called the pattern Sunbonnet Sue. I hope this copy helps.”  Kim Cronin

Page from Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine featuring Jinny Beyer’s Sunbonnet Sue pattern.

I was surprised to learn that Jinny was the designer of this pattern, featured in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1975. (I had a good chuckle when I read the footer in the bottom right hand corner of the page: “Modern Quilting.”) I was a newbie quilter in 1979 and clearly remember loving Jinny’s books. I still have them, dog ears and all! They are my go-to books when I am hunting for a particular pattern. Her updated version of Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Breckling Press now has more than 4,000 blocks along with new instructional tools to let you draft the blocks in any size.

The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer.

Many thanks to those of you who took time to post comments in response to my post on Sue Rasmussen. The lucky winner of Sue’s book is Debbie St. Germain.

Take care everyone. Hope you are all enjoying your summer.


2 thoughts on “I Stand Corrected: Sue Uncovered

  1. It is fun when we see the old patterns reborn. I have photographic memory and a few old magazines and I have noticed a lot of patterns that were adapted;) I love the older patterns and have a friend who sent me a few books from her stash, so it really got me started back into quilting. I can’t wait to get my book, I have short term memory and always forgetting the basics, so it will be nice to have a book for reference and to learn.



  2. Thanks for sharing this, I remember my students in Home Ec. in the 70’s loved Holly Hobby. a few of them made HH dolls from fabric and I always thought of her as a modernized version of SBS. I didn’t have time to parent teach and quilt very much then but love quilting now that I am retired. I keep learning everyday thanks to blogs like yours.


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