Before I got totally distracted with the Colonial Garden blocks, I was really making progress on the sunflowers. Here are nine of the ones that are finished – and there are more that are yet to be photographed. The box is getting very close to being empty.
I’m picking no favourites. I’m just happy to have cheerful sunflowers – at least they make me think of warmer temperatures! Although this one is probably my favourite of this group. Why? Because it’s pink.
A green sunflower.
An aqua one.
Hmm – another pink with some yellow. Maybe this is right up there as a favourite.
Then a yellow one.
This old gold one.
Then another one that’s up there on the favourite list. I knew it! I just can’t help but pick favourites.
Another one that’s tied for favourite of this group.
And the final one for this group.
I was debating whether I’d keep going and print some more batiks and white fabric with the shapes for more so that I can have the quilt the size I was originally envisioning. And when I mentioned it to a friend, she convinced me to just go for it. So over the next few weeks I’ll be picking out the batiks to use and printing more of the shapes for the sunflowers.
I remember when I printed everything for the first group. I had it down to an art getting these printed and ready to stitch. So there will be more of that going on shortly. And the box that is almost empty will be full again. But I am going to get it emptied first, just to have that satisfaction. Plus having the finished sunflowers will give me a good reference when I’m picking out other batiks as I don’t want to duplicate anything.
After stitching 68 of these sunflowers, I’ve discovered a piecing sequence that seems to work best for me and makes them really fast to stitch. There’s lots of continuous stitching and, of course, my favourite curved piecing. Each one of the little 6″ sunflowers has 51 pieces but it doesn’t seem like it’s that many when piecing them.
“What else do you do with all that snow?”
But inside they sleep. I think they’re like little bears who are hibernating until it’s warm and there’s something fun to watch out on the roof garden.
One snoozes in a chair.
And one in a kitty bed.