Sunday, June 2, 2013

Serendipity Sunday–It’s Kansas!

Today I reached the last flower in this book.  Very appropriate since I live in Kansas because it’s a sunflower.

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I used some of my yellow scraps to stitch up petals – sixteen of them.  The darker petals are a bit larger.  They form the outer ring of petals, like this:

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It’s pretty easy to put these together – just run a gathering thread and form them into a circle.  Then do the same with the lighter (and smaller) petals.

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I like how the print of the fabric adds variety and texture to the color of each petal.  The real magic happens when the two circles are stitched together.

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The center of the flower is lightly stuffed, so it is slightly rounded/domed just like a real sunflower would be.  This flower is super easy to reduce and enlarge since the petals are basically quarter circles.  Buds use the same petal shape with a green calyx, so I did not do one of those.

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This is what my vase looks like now.  It will need some more flowers to be a full bouquet and I will probably do that eventually.  If I leave it up on the design wall, if will make me feel guilty every time I walk by.  Sooner or later I will finish it just to get some peace!

Next Sunday I will start on another book.  I’ve picked the one I’ll be doing next, but you’ll have to come back to find out which one it is.  It’s still flowers, but a very different approach.  I think it’s going to be fun!

2 comments:

Gina E. said...

Love it!!!

virtualquilter said...

Simple and very effective!