Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam Quilt Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    Make a Sunbonnet Sue Patchwork and Applique Quilt

    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Pattern
    Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam Quilt. Janet Wickell, designed in EQ v6

    Here's My Heart is a 64" x 84" quilt pattern made with 18 patchwork quilt blocks and 17 Snowball blocks that feature appliquéd Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam.

    Blocks finish at 10" x 10".

    Use any appliqué technique to affix the kids to the Snowballs, including the quick-fuse method.

    Yardages & Cutting

    References to 42" strips refer to strips cut all the way across the fabric's straight grain. If they are longer, you might need fewer strips. If the strips are shorter, you will need additional strips for some cuts.

    Yardage recommendations are generous, but it's nearly always a good idea to buy just a bit more to cover shrinkage and potential cutting errors.

    Read through the entire pattern before beginning, and always begin any pattern by cutting just enough fabric to make sample blocks.

    Patchwork Chain Quilt Blocks

    See a close-up of the block on page 4.

    Neutral print with stars and swirls for block center and squares in four-patch units

    • 1 yard
    • Cut three 5-1/2" x 42" strips; cut eighteen 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" squares from the strips
    • Cut six 1-3/4" x 42" strips

    Neutral print with stripes for light, outer bars

    • 5/8 yard
    • Cut eight 1-3/4" x 42" strips

    Medium pink/mauve print for squares in four-patch units

    • 1/3 yard
    • Cut six 1-3/4" x 42" strips

    Dark chocolate print for dark bars (and for Snowball tips in appliqué blocks)

    • 1-1/8 yard
    • Cut eight 1-3/4" x 42" strips
    • Cut five 3" x 42" strips; cut sixty-eight 3" x 3" squares from strips

    Appliqué Blocks

    Backgrounds are cut oversize, and squared up after appliqué is in place.

    • 1-1/2 yard
    • Cut five 13" x 42" strips; cut fifteen 13" x 13" squares from strips
    • Cut one 13" x 27" strip; cut two 13" x 13" squares from strip

    Same & Sue Figures

    • Sue dresses, hat bands: 1/4 yard
    • Sam overalls: 1/4 yard
    • Sue hats: 1/8 yard
    • Sam hats: 1/8 yard
    • Hearts: 17 scraps
    • Shoes, hands: scraps

    Other Materials

    • Inner border: 1/2 yard
    • Outer border: 1-3/8 yards
    • Backing and batting: approx. 74" x 94" rectangle for each
    • Binding: approx. 320 running inches (instructions)
    Continue to 2 of 4 below.
  • 02 of 04

    Make Patchwork Quilt Blocks for the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt

    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Pattern
    Assemble the Pieced Quilt Blocks. © Janet Wickell

    Strip piecing helps the Share My Heart quilt go together fairly quickly.

    Make Strip-pieced Bar Units

    Bar units, made from a light fabric and a dark fabric, surround the quilt block's center square.

    1. Sew a light striped 1-3/4" x 42" fabric strip lengthwise to a chocolate brown strip of the same size. Press seam allowance towards the chocolate strip.
    2. Square up one end of the strip set and cut as many 5-1/2" segments from it as possible (seven minimum).
    3. Make additional identical strip sets until you have a total of seventy-two bar units.

    Make Strip-pieced Four Patch Units

    Four-patch units are in block corners.

    1. Sew a mauve/pink 1-3/4" x 42" fabric strip lengthwise to a neutral swirled strip of the same size. Press seam allowance towards the mauve/pink strip.
    2. Square up one end of the strip set and cut as many 1-3/4" segments from it as possible (twenty-four if strips are slightly longer than 42").
    3. Make additional identical strip sets until you have a total of one-hundred-forty-four units.
    4. Sew two 1-3/4" segments together as shown, with like-fabrics diagonal from each other. Press. Repeat to make a total of seventy-two four patch units.

    Assemble the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange four bar units, four four-patch units and one 5-1/2" square as shown to form three rows. Check color placement carefully.
    2. Sew components in each row together. Press seam allowances towards bar units.
    3. Sew rows together, butting seam intersections for a perfect match. Press. The block should measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2".
    4. Repeat to make a total of eighteen patchwork blocks.
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  • 03 of 04

    Make Sunbonnet Sue Applique Quilt Blocks

    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Pattern
    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Block and Sunbonnet Sam Quilt Block. Janet Wickell, designed in EQ v6

    Before you begin, download the PDF file.

    The file includes all templates for the Sue and Sam quilt blocks, and outlines of each completed unit to use as a layout guides. The guides illustrate where patches overlap.

    Templates are printed right side up. Cutting methods differ for various appliqué techniques, and some pieces in blocks must be mirror images of each other to make figures face different directions. Consider orientation when you cut asymmetrical pieces.

    Templates do not include seam allowances.

    The quilt is made with 17 applique blocks -- combine Sue and Sam in any way you wish to reach that total.

    Use the quick-fuse method or any other technique you wish to appliqué the motifs to the 13" squares.

    1. Fold each 13" square in half along both straight edges, then again diagonally. Lines should intersect at the block's center. Keep the designs centered within the square.
    2. Appliqué patches to squares using the technique of your choice.
    3. Press. Square up each block to measure 10-1/2" x 10-1/2", keeping Sues and Sams centered in the block.
    4. Use the quick corners technique to sew a 3" x 3" chocolate square to each corner of each block. Press.

    Assemble the Quilt

    1. Referring to the illustration on page 1, arrange the blocks into seven rows, alternating block types as shown.
    2. Sew blocks in each row together. Press seam allowances towards the Chain blocks. Sew rows together. Press.
    3. Sew straight borders on the quilt. Use 2-1/2" wide strips for inner border and 5-1/2" wide strips for the outer border (border instructions).
    4. Sandwich the quilt with batting and backing. Quilt by hand or machine. Trim and square-up excess edges and sew binding strips around the quilt edges.
    Continue to 4 of 4 below.
  • 04 of 04

    Close Up Look at the Patchwork Quilt Block

    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Pattern
    Sue & Sam Patchwork Chain Quilt Block. Janet Wickell, created in EQ v6

    This close-up view of the Sue & Sam Chain block might help you select fabrics.

    The illustration shows striped fabrics cut in different orientations -- they all run up and down in the block. If you use stripes and cut all fabric strips in one direction, your stripes will all flow in the same direction.​