The following is adapted from the “Just for Fun” feature in the September/October 2008 issue of Quilters Newsletter.
An orangutan in the Great Apes exhibit at the zoo prompted Mary McCauley to make this quilt.
Mary, of Fort Collins, Colorado, and her daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria, watched a female orangutan cover her head with a burlap bag and parade as if no one could see her. Elizabeth giggled, “She must think she’s Sunbonnet Sue. She’s covering her face with her hat.”
Inspired by the orangutan’s antics, things got out of hand. Mary chuckles, “It wasn’t hard for us to imagine the other animals in Sue disguise: in fact, it was hard to stop!”
Since Mary finished her quilted sunbonnet menagerie in 2005, she has discovered that just about every quilt guild has at least one member who has taken some liberty recreating Sue. Mary confirms, “Laughter is a healthy thing.”
Mary’s Sunbonnet Sue animals—zoo creatures in hats—are a light-hearted way to bring humor into a quilt. A great goal to have as we quilt our way into the New Year—have fun with quilting!