06 August 2010
Me and Sunbonnet Sue don't have the best of relationships. In fact, the mere sight of her makes me want to take whatever quilt she is on, toss it on the floor and step all over her.
I'm not sure entirely where my dislike of her came from but there it is. I've heard tell that I am not the only one that feels that way. This point was well demonstrated many years ago when I was at IQF and saw a quilt that a group of women made with many blocks of Sunbonnet Sue - being murdered. (I think it caused a stir the first time it was hung. I searched for a link but came up with nothing. Imagine her tied to a railroad track, being boiled in a cauldron, decapitation via rotary cutter - you get the idea.)
Whatever our differences may be, I did finally find one Sunbonnet Sue quilt that I could appreciate.
Last Sunday I drug Leann off to the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild's semi annual quilt show. Its quite the event. Tons of quilts and local vendors - not to mention that the guild itself is monstrously huge at around five hundred members.
We were greeted with this quilt:
Upon closer inspection it seems the little man on the far left is being a bit harsh:
Until you see the offense that was committed (click to make the pic bigger):
While I laughed out loud (quite loudly) and yanked out my camera, I felt a little bit of nervousness take hold. There were white gloved women all around, I think they started eyeing me. I don't think they trusted me anymore. I felt a little bit like I was being stalked.
I resisted the urge to weave in and out randomly amongst the maze of quilt displays so that I could shake them.
I kept my hands to myself and obeyed the #1 rule of quilt shows of not touching the quilts.
I don't think I'd look all that good in black and white stripes...