Esther used 2 different green prints and one solid yellow fabric to create these simple shaped Sunflowers.
I decided to modify the pattern somewhat for my own Sunflower block and will share below a few of the steps I took to create this Red & Taupe version.
I decided to Back Baste my block using just one continuous piece of fabric to create all of the stems and leaves of the plant. My TIP when back basting - always turn the pattern over so the wrong side/BACK of the pattern is facing up for tracing. This will ensure your finished block is not facing in the reverse direction once finished.
Once I stitched down the main stem and leaves, I added the leaves to the Sunflowers. Rather than sew all those tiny pointed leaf pieces, I followed Esther's method and stitched them down as one solid section. And like Esther, I cut away the centers to reduce bulk. I don't always do this, but I plan on stitching multiple layers on top of this one and wish to reduce some of the layering bulk.
I decided the original flowers looked a bit plain for my taste, so I chose to embellish the centers of each Sunflower.
I'm giving myself permission to change a few small design elements in some of the blocks. I enjoy seeing how other quilters interpret their own style into these quilt blocks as well.
Here is my finished block:
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Doreen & Dawn