Semi-Auto Sue…

As a math geek I am perpetually drawn to statistics; the numbers reveal so much about the world that surrounds me. But every once in a while a statistic truly resonates not because of the numbers, but because the statistic, the reality, exists at all. For years I have been both fascinated and deeply disturbed by the fact that the average American is more likely to be shot by a toddler than by a terrorist.

Yep, you read that right…

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a quilt dealing with that for quite some time now, but only recently did things click into place, and now I have a plan, a design.

I’m calling this one Semi-Auto Sue, and am once again looking for volunteers to be a part of making the quilt. I could bang all the blocks out myself, but this once again feels like a collective statement, a quilt that needs more than just a singular voice to really come to life.

So, I’m putting out another call. The greyscale block is all mine, but I’m looking for 19 more blocks. I’ll be sending the background fabric, the gun fabric, and one of the fabrics for the gun-toting Sue. I’d like participants to pick a fabric that they feel goes with my fabric choice for Sue (no novelty prints, something lovely). I think this whole quilt hinges on each Sue feeling right, traditional so that viewers see a traditional baby quilt first, and then only find the guns on closer inspection.

So, if you want to take part in making this quilt happen, please drop me an email at and I’ll loop you in. And, as always, I can’t thank you all, my quilting community, enough for joining me on this quilting adventure and supporting my efforts in reframing the way we all think about quilts in the 21st century.

Much love,

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5 Responses to Semi-Auto Sue…

  1. 1
    Joanne Jones says:

    Bring it on! I’ve never made a bock like this, but more than willing to help 🙂

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    Laura says:

    I really regret that I can’t help out but this is really, truly, brilliant and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. And yes, as mom to a 4-year-old I’m so horrified by this statistic.

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    […] Thomas Knauer has put out another call for community involvement in making a quilt. He’s calling this one “Semi Auto Sue” and it’s to highlight the fact that the average American is more likely to be shot by a toddler than by a terrorist.  Get all the details by clicking here. […]

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    Judy Ramsey says:

    I have never done this thing before. Send me details of how to help you out.

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