I love Sunflowers.
I fell in love with a vintage Russian Sunflower quilt I saw a long time ago and I've always wanted to make one. I feared I would never have the skills necessary to do so. Off and on over the years I've looked around on line to see if I could find instructions to make one. Quilt Index had a newspaper page with the templates. I downloaded it but...Yikes!
When I saw that a Sunflower quilt was included in Treasury of Quilts I had to have the book. I already had and used the authors' previous book History Repeated. I bought the book mainly for the Sunflower but I got sidetracked and made a 42-Cent Forever quilt like you see in the middle front cover. It is awaiting some hand quilting.
Anyway...a few days ago I figured there was no time like the present to try to make just one Sunflower block just to see if I could. As you can see...I COULD!!! I made paper templates and just cut pieces by hand because I'm dangerous with a rotary cutter unless I'm cutting a straight line. (Even then I'm sometimes dangerous). The instructions in the book for piecing were easy to follow. I machine pieced it all except for the center appliqued circle.
And then I cut more.
I THINK I can. I THINK I can.