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The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue
Seamsters Union Local #500
Lawrence, Kansas
62" x 78"
Cotton, velvet, polyester batting.
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

This quilt was made by a group of quilters in Lawrence who gave themselves the tongue-in-cheek name "Seamsters Union Local #500." They "gave into their desires to eliminate the 'goody two-shoes' in their pasts" and, with a sense of humor, created twenty blocks, each of which offers a unique way to "do in" Sunbonnet Sue, the bonneted figure in the popular pattern. Many of the methods of deaths reflect current and popular culture events of the 1970s.

Excerpted from The Michigan Quilt Project: New Discoveries exhibit.


by Cathy Dwigans

"Dr. La Fong's Cure for Cuteness,"
by Bryan Anderson 
by Nadra Dangerfield
"Skylab Accident"
by Carol Gilham Jones 

"Sunbonnet Soup"
by Bette Kelley

"Strangled by a Sunflower"
by Patty Boyer 
"Food For Worms"
by Nadra Dangerfield 
"Sunbonnet Sioux"
by Bonnie Dill 
 "Three Mile Island"
by Georgann Englinski
"Eaten by a Snake"
by Nadra Dangerfield
by Gloria Hood
 "Struck by Lightning"
by Carol Gillham Jones
"Tied to the Tracks"
by Georgann Eglinski 
"Lost in Space"
by Bette Kelley
 "Sunbonnet Sue-icide"
by Barbara Brackman
 "Squashed by a Rock"
by Barbara Brackman
"Suestown, Guyana"
by Laurie Schwarm Metzinger 
"Jaws III"
by Nancy Metinger
"Died for Love"
by Nadra Dangerfield 
 "Run in With the Mob"
by Georgann Eglinski


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