The Art of Darkness

Witchbonnet Sue

December 24th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Witchbonnet SueIf you quilt, you’re probably familiar with blobby little Sunbonnet Sue: She and her various hats are a favorite sampler quilt for beginners.

Stella Australis Quilts has done a different take on ol’ Sue, making her pagan and giving her pointy hats and accessories like cauldrons and athames. The pattern is available for free download, but only in EQ4 (Electronic Quilt software) format.

A few years ago I happened to run across image files for several of the blocks and saved them to my computer (which is fortunate, since the site that posted them is now defunct). If you don’t have EQ4 software to view the pattern, these larger images might give you an idea of how to get started:

Basic Hat
Hat, Broom, Cauldron
Hat, Athame
Cape, Wand, Cauldron
Cape, Stonehenge
Cape, Maypole

The Stella Australis site also offers several other free pagan-themed patterns, such as appliqued goddesses and a pretty Green Man. If you use any of them, be sure to click their Donate button and help them keep the site up and running.


Bonus Link: For another riff on the same pattern, check out The Sun Sets on Sunbonnet Sue, a group quilt which features Sue meeting her demise in a variety of entertaining ways (crushed by Skylab, eaten by Jaws, drinking poisoned Kool-Aid).

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  1. xJane Says:

    I love quilting, there’s a magical aspect to it (bless what I do…) and I like the thought of adding explicitly magical themes to it. My next quilting project is a pieced comforter cover for my guest room. I’ll be sewing peace, warmth, and welcome into it.

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