Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sunbonnet Sues: Anatomy Lessons




The trouble with including human figures in patchwork is so much can go wrong.

We have very high standards for anatomy.


So a badly drawn plant might be viewed as "folky" and amusing

A  badly drawn human is rather alarming.


 
 

There are unwritten rules for Sunbonnet Sue.
One arm better than two.
The example above makes pretty good use of the second arm, which is rare. Of course the feet have been forgotten in the enthusiasm for arms.

Another Rule: One foot better than two

Too many feet clutter up the composition.

Feet and arms and hands can be problematic.


The figures above seem to be part tank/part Sue.
And I guess their hands are in their pockets.

Green may be a bad choice if she is going to have lizard like appendages.


Her hat is on upside down in every block in this one, which makes you wonder what is falling from the sky, Chickenlittle?
The upside down hat problem is more common than I thought.
 

See more Sues gone wrong at this post:
http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2010/12/sunbonnet-sue-wrecks.html

29 comments:

Jane's Addicted. said...

Omg. I laughed myself right outta bed with this. So funny & excellent analysis!

Rosemary Youngs said...

Absolutely loved it, thanks for the laugh today.

Lady Locust said...

Some days I feel like my head is upside down or that my feet are going a different direction than my body. Poor Sue:)

Bonnie said...

My favorite if always be the demise of Sunbonnet Sue.

AdyQuilts said...

Thank you for a good laugh. I've made my own version that's known in the family as the 'Anorexic Sue', since in an effort to avoid the 'tank look' my Sues ended up very very skinny

JustGail said...

Thanks for the laugh! Has anyone found a Sunbonnet Sue with parts facing totally the wrong way yet? That would really be the top of Sue gone wrong.

beth said...

What a FUN post! Thanks for the chuckle. ;)

WoolenSails said...

Loved seeing all the mistakes, makes them more fun. I always find myself trying to be perfect and nothing comes out that way, which is what I love about folk art;)

Debbie

quilter501 said...

I tried not to be offended by your very funny pix today.....but I have always enjoyed Sue and equally enjoyed making BAD SUE blocks. It is all in perspective. Recently did a SunBonnet Sue on TV quilt with friends....my favorite: Sue and Overall Bill on Dancing with the Stars. :)

quilter501 said...

I tried not to be offended by your very funny pix today.....but I have always enjoyed Sue and equally enjoyed making BAD SUE blocks. It is all in perspective. Recently did a SunBonnet Sue on TV quilt with friends....my favorite: Sue and Overall Bill on Dancing with the Stars. :)

free indeed said...

Too funny! I just never thought about it before thinking there's a standard in that area...ha..we quilters reserve the right to individuality!

fiberchick said...

What a hilarious post!

Mary said...

Oh too funny,the upside down hats especially, how did she not see that

Johanna said...

Love it! I guess even Sue has a bad day sometimes! Poor Sue!

Bebe said...
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Bebe said...

Hello: I never really liked Sunbonnet Sue. She seems awkward to me, and I really hate not being able to see any part of her face. It bothers me somehow....So I designed my "answer" to it. (I had the wrong link in previous post.) Here's the correct link:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79056311/pattern-quilt-hailstorm-creek-press-how

I like this better...it solves the problem for me....

sewprimitive karen said...

Your Sunbonnet Sue posts are such a riot (man what a fat neck in that first photo lol)!! It is really perplexing how the poor Sue pattern seemed to attract the poor misguided (or simply old?) artless quilters who could not see that the arms were flying off the motif, that the bonnet is so often upside-down or flipped, that the foot pattern was being used for the hat, on and on. But I do dearly love the nicely-done ones, especially with the embroidery details.

~Kris~ said...

Hysterical look at some unfortunate quilting. I love Sue and these faux pas just make me love her more. Thanks for making my day.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Oh, this is a great laugh for the day. Thanks!!

John said...

l enjoyed checking out the different sized Sun Bonnet Sue 's

thanks for the laugh

Barb said...

Loved it. It made my morning, I almost spit coffee on the lap top.
You are so right, these are better than the too sweet SS we always see.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh. Who knew so many things could be wrong about Sunbonnet Sue? Or that it could be so entertaining! I don't think I will look at Sunbonnet Sue the same way again.
Linda Kay
lksmith47@gmail.com

desertskyquilts said...

I loved this bunch of Sues. I think those girls are looking up to Heaven to see angels come down. Unfortunately, I fear that means they'll stumble over the rocks on the ground!

Laura S said...

Oh Barbara!!!!!!!
As quilt historians don't we come across some of the funniest things!!!
All I can say about these quiltmakers is "Bless her heart!"""
At least she tried!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Things can go wrong but I just Love Sunbonnet Sue!
Carol O

Cynthia Nanto said...

Thanks for the belly laugh! This was hilarious!

Mary said...

Barbara, I do enjoy your blog so very much, but this has to be one of your best. I laughed out loud! Reminds me of a sunbonnet sue quilt I saw at a quilt show...sue in the chain gang with black/white stripes...she handled the quilts without her white gloves ;-) thanks for the laugh!

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh My I'm just dying laughing over here. Such a funny post! I'm not a big Sun Bonnet Sue fan, and these certainly didn't help. LOL!!

Vanny said...

I really enjoyed this blog hop.
these poor Sues I know now why i dont make these