December 14, 2011

The last couple of years, I did an extra holiday-season drawing to give away a book. It’s also the time of my birthday, which is December 17, and it made me feel like my birthday lasted a whole week. :) Let’s do it again!

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, if you’re a quilter you know Sunbonnet Sue. That simple little girl in a simple little frock and great big bonnet that conveniently hides her face. The first appliquér to come up with that concept was a genius!

Christine Porter and Darra Williamson collaborated “across the pond” to create a dozen small quilts to see what Sue gets up to through the seasons.

The book starts with a section of “Sue Basics” that includes materials, frames, borders, backings, bindings, assembling the wall quilts, and how to add the appliqués. The method that the authors used was raw-edge fusible finished with a machine blanket stitch. They’ll take you through it step-by-step.

I’ll take a moment to say here that the illustrator for this book is the same one who is working on my new book, and the illustrations are fantastic. Kudos Robin!!

Sue decks the halls.

Sue decks the halls.

Sue tiptoes through the tulips.

Sue tiptoes through the tulips.

Sue has to go back to school. Bummer.

Sue has to go back to school. Bummer.

If you’d like to win a copy of this book, courtesy of That Patchwork Place, please leave a comment on this blog post by 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only.

Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
By Kay Mackenzie


50 Responses to “Special holiday giveaway”

  1. Hilachas on December 14th, 2011 8:16 am

    I love Sunbonnet Sue and I’ve just gotten a wall hanger for hanging up mini-quilts so this would be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

  2. Angie N on December 14th, 2011 9:05 am

    Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Dolores on December 14th, 2011 9:34 am

    Hot Diggity Dog. I would love to win. My daughter asked for a Sunbonnet Sue quilt when she was pregnant last year (with of course, Overall Bill in it too in case it was a boy). Well, I never did do one but I would love to make her one for the next baby. She had a boy this time. ;-)

  4. Theresa W on December 14th, 2011 10:48 am

    Such cute quilts. I would love to win the book. Happy birthday!

  5. Agnes Litzenberger on December 14th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Oh, what a lovely book. Looks like fun. What a fun way to celerate your birthday.

  6. DianeH on December 14th, 2011 1:36 pm

    These are really cute Sunbonnet Sue patterns – love the quilt borders. Thanks for a chance and Birthday Blessings to you!

  7. betsy on December 14th, 2011 1:48 pm

    Kay, it is adorable. Thank you for the chance.

  8. Susan on December 14th, 2011 4:23 pm

    I love Sunbonnet Sue and December 17 has always been special since it was a birthday for a family member too. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas too!

  9. LJ on December 14th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Yes, I would love to win this book. When my girls were young (about 35 years ago), I made them a Sunbonnet Sue bedspread, dust ruffle, and curtains. There were even a couple of shadow-box like pictures with Sue. My oldest daughter still loves Sue and these would be wonderful for her.

  10. Renee G on December 14th, 2011 10:57 pm

    What a delightful book. I especially like the back to school one.

  11. Rhonda aka Quilter in The Gap on December 15th, 2011 3:56 am

    Sunbonnet Sue is so much fun. I have had a great time looking at some of the naughty Sunbonnet Sue quilts. Thanks for sharing a great book.

  12. Kelly Henry on December 15th, 2011 5:18 am

    I love small quilts like this and so glad to see this take on Sunbonnet Sue. If I don’t win the book, I plan to buy it. My daughter just graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education and the Sunbonnet Sue is a perfect gift for a keepsake. Happy Birthday, Kay!

  13. Stray Stitches (Linda G) on December 15th, 2011 5:19 am

    What a great collection of Sunbonnet Sue little quilts. Happy birthday to you on the 17th!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  14. Melody on December 15th, 2011 5:22 am

    I adore Sunbonnet Sue and would love to receive a copy. thank you.

  15. Candace on December 15th, 2011 5:26 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Kay! Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great quilt book :o)

  16. Rhonda Casey on December 15th, 2011 6:08 am

    Happy Birthday! This looks like a wonderful book. Sue Tiptoes Through the Tulips is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Kelly Pearson on December 15th, 2011 6:26 am

    Happy Birthday!!! OH MY GOSH, WOULD I EVER LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK!!! I have always wanted to try to make a sunbonnet Sue quilt in 30’s fabrics. Wow, I’m on pins and needles with my fingers crossed!

  18. Conny Brusselers on December 15th, 2011 6:48 am

    Happy Birthday!
    I would love this book! I’ve always wanted to do a Sunbonnet Sue Quilt but this is even better. I could do several!!! Can’t wait for the draw.

  19. Karen M on December 15th, 2011 6:49 am

    I’ve recently become interested in Sunbonnet Sue, wanting to make an international Sunbonnet Sue quilt for my 2 new little grandbabies, adopted from Africa :)

  20. Judith on December 15th, 2011 7:03 am

    Received a beautiful girl in the family after all these years! Would love to make Sue Bonnet for her. Thank you for the chance!

  21. Shirley on December 15th, 2011 7:14 am

    Happy Birthday.

    Thank you for the opportunity for giving one of us a fantastic gift. ;)

  22. Linda Zobrist on December 15th, 2011 7:30 am

    First of all …Happy Birthday! I have always loved the Sunbonnet Sue scene in the play “The Quilters”. Thanks for all the giveaways you do.

  23. Kathleen Henry on December 15th, 2011 7:39 am

    Hi Kay:

    Happy Birthday!! My daughter’s birthday is December 27, so I know what it is like having a Christmas birthday in the family. We always tried to make it a separate and very special day.

    I have never done a Sunbonnet Sue and have always wanted to do it, but never got around to it. I would just love to have the book, so I can get started on a Sun Bonnet Sue quilt.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.


  24. JanDee on December 15th, 2011 8:04 am

    What a great idea! I would love to win the book.I have spoke with you many times at quilts show and have always enjoyed seeing your both.

  25. Becki Morrison on December 15th, 2011 8:33 am

    Happy Birthday month! ;o)
    I made a Sue quilt which started out as a doll blanket and ended up a full size quilt. I used old clothing so each Sue has a special memory. It will be a gift for my first grandson’s first girl-
    thanks for the opportunity to win!

  26. Chris on December 15th, 2011 9:04 am

    Happy Birthday I can’t wait to see this book up close. Thanks for a chance to win.

  27. Billie K on December 15th, 2011 12:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!! My Mom’s is on the 20th and DH on the 24th. They always feel like their birthdays blend in with Christmas.

    Love Sue!

  28. jean debalinhard on December 15th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Love Sunbonnet Sue and would be thrilled to own this book…good luck to me!!

  29. Lena Frost on December 15th, 2011 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! People with December birthdays often seem to have a hard time getting to celebrate the birthday independently (my sister and daughter and brother-in-law are all within 6 days of Christmas!)

    These little Sues are wonderfully sweet! They each have so much personality. Love ’em!!!

  30. Pat V. on December 15th, 2011 2:29 pm

    These patterns are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  31. Nancy Hanson on December 15th, 2011 5:08 pm

    I love, love, love Sunbonnet Sue. She’s adorable and there are so many activities that one can create with her.

    Nancy Hanson

  32. Janet on December 15th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Kay!!
    I slept under Sunbonnet Sue from the time I went into a twin bed through high school that my grandmother made for me. She was as much a part of my life as breathing and eating.
    Now that I have a 15 month old great granddaughter I would like to pass this wonderful heritage down to her. Thank you so very much for offering this chance to win this delightful interpretation.

  33. Joan Trautwein on December 16th, 2011 6:57 am

    One of my first appliques some 30 odd years ago on pillows and Overall Sam on my first quilt, for my son. She is one of my favorites and I’d love to have this book.

    Happy, happy, December birthday Kay!

  34. paulette on December 16th, 2011 11:29 am

    another darling book of patterns! i would love to make each one of those for my grand daughters.

  35. fran on December 16th, 2011 12:53 pm

    These would make great little doll quilts for my girls. I have been a fan of Sue and Bill since I was a girl. Hmm, that’s been awhile.

  36. marina on December 16th, 2011 1:26 pm

    what gorgeous Sue blocks. Looks like a great book!
    Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway.

  37. Jen on December 16th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Super cute! I love Sunbonnet Sue. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Joanna on December 16th, 2011 6:48 pm

    I hope I’m the winner of this charming book. I love all of the different scenes the quilts portray.

  39. Bonnie Favorite on December 16th, 2011 7:03 pm

    You have the same birthday as my granddaughter, Stephanie! And you’ve given me an idea for what to make her for NEXT year’s birthday…a quilt featuring Sunbonnet Sue! Have a great b-day.

  40. Janet on December 16th, 2011 8:43 pm

    So very cute! Thanks for a chance to win. And Happy Birthday!

  41. Donna Russ on December 17th, 2011 1:12 am

    Happy Birthday, Hope you have a wonderful day, would love to win a book thanks….

  42. Barb on December 17th, 2011 5:27 am

    Happy birthday, what a wonderful way to celebrate! I love sunbonnet sue and overall Sam and would sew love to win this book! Thank you for showing the pictures! Happy holidays!

  43. Lynn S on December 17th, 2011 5:49 am

    Oh wow!! First, Happiest of Birthdays!
    Sunbonnet sue just makes me smile–wouldn’t it be a treat to do each of the months and have a year of smiles!? Sunbonnet Sue reminds me of all the special little girls (some now grown) in my life. She is so precious!

  44. edmontonjb on December 17th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the chance to win this adorable book!

  45. Reva Mirti on December 17th, 2011 7:05 pm

    I love Sunbonnet Sue. I have done some redwork blocks and just waiting to make the last two or three. This book would be a great addition to my collection of patterns!! Hope I win!!

  46. Teresa on December 17th, 2011 8:03 pm

    You have given Sunbonnet Sue a new life and look. This book will garnish new interest in Sue and a host of new followers, thank you and Happy Birthday.

  47. KatieQ on December 17th, 2011 9:01 pm

    I love Sunbonnet Sue. I especially love how modern Sues seem to be living a more adventurous life. Happy Birthday! My birthday is on the 20th. When I was growing up, I was often stuck with, “I’m giving you a larger gift since it’s for your birthday and Christmas.” It never was larger. I hope you fared better. As an adult, I’ve always made sure to treat myself well on my birthday.

  48. VickiT on December 17th, 2011 10:26 pm

    Those are just so adorable.

    And a very happy birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful time on your special day!

  49. Lee on December 18th, 2011 6:30 am

    A very happy birthday to you! What a lovely giveaway. I just love SB Sue! thanks!

  50. Kat on December 18th, 2011 11:08 am

    Not sure how I missed seeing this book before! How adorably cute…I love Sue. My birthday was December 13th, so happy birthday to you on the 17th! I celebrated the 17th anniversary of my 39th birthday! ;-)