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