Simply Sunflowers OR Sunflowers At Dawn
Still one of my favorite quilts, Simply Sunflowers was first designed in 2004 and has been a rather popular quilt. What fascinates me the most is that thousands of quilters from around the world have been able to make this quilt too.
The background is made up of strips in varying sizes in a "log cabin" style so piecing is very easy. The color wash effect and border accents give the impression of light coming in through a window.
Five sunflowers, one of which is drooping and perhaps seen its last days, are facing toward the light as sunflowers do. The realism is captured with dimension, color and shading, using fabrics and stitching.
The pattern has been updated since its first release and includes full details of how to do blanket stitch by machine and free-motion echo quilting which enhances the fabric applique shapes. Learn where and how to stitch. The pattern sheets include full size flowers and leaves as well as a layout guideline to help with placement. The pattern "Simply Sunflowers" is ideal for the advanced quilter.
thread shading on the stems
Echo quilting on the background
I have made this quilt twice. I don't normally make my quilts twice but I did for this design because I not only wanted to present it as a pattern but also as an online class. If you can answer yes to any one or more of the following questions, then the class is definitely the way to go if you want to make this design.
Scraps of fabric from as small as 1 1/2" square to 9 1/2" x 3" in shades of muted dark green through to light green and beige for background blocks (alternatively use shades of blues)
TWO 1" x full width strips of light fabric for first border
TWO 1" x full width strips of medium/dark fabric for first border
24" (60cm) x full width medium green for second border
20" (50cm) x full width dark green for stems and leaves
An assortment of yellow fabrics for petals
4" (10cm) x full width dark brown for flower centers
20" (50cm) fusible webbing (yard wide)
30" x 35" (77cm x 90cm) batting
30" x 35" (77cm x 90cm) backing
Machine embroidery threads in green and yellow for applique
Thread for piecing and quilting
Baking paper or teflon sheet
1/4" Bias Bar (optional)
Do you need help with applique?
Do you want to make a larger sized quilt?
Do you need help with selecting your fabrics and placement?
Would you like a simplified version of the applique?
If your answer is yes then "Sunflower's at Dawn" online class is for you. My class is three lessons long and I take you step by step through the entire process, from grading your fabrics to achieving the window lighting effect through to adding shade-stitching on the applique and finishing off with quilting, echo quilting to be precise.
My video on blanket stitch by machine gives you a bird's eye view of just how it is stitched. I include other videos too showing you how to achieve various techniques such as the bias stems and quilting. Oh yes, and I should include that the class gives you two size options, the pattern size and a larger one. You can find out information about the class here: "Sunflowers at Dawn" >>
Here are some photos from some of my students: