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Pattern: Sunbonnet Sue
Quilter: Florence (Hart) Pfeifer


Florence (Hart) Pfeifer of New Brighton, PA, made this gorgeous multi-color "Sunbonnet Sue" quilt in the 1940s, possibly with help from her mother, Sarah "Ellen" (Enos) Hart. It's based on a pattern that dates to the 1880s. Florence obtained the colorful material from bird seed sacks, because at that time she was selling parakeets and canaries. She used most of the material to make dresses for her daughter, Bonnie (Pfeifer) Morell, and the leftover scraps were made into quilt squares. This quilt was a replacement for one she had made earlier, a smaller one that fit a youth-size bed.

Florence grew up in and around Normalville, Fayette County, PA and later resided in New Brighton, Beaver County, PA, where she and her sister were longtime teachers. Bonnie brought the creation to the 2005 National Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion to be photographed.. 

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Copyright 2005 Mark A. Miner. Photograph by Sid Miller.