After yesterdays easy peasy sewing for Cattywampus I felt ready for more difficult piecing which resulted in a couple of Sunflower blocks.
I saw a vintage Russian Sunflower quilt a long time ago and loved it. I am pretty good at figuring out quilt blocks on a grid but I know circular blocks with points is beyond my figuring capacity. I also thought a Sunflower quilt was above my skill level and that I would never make or have a Sunflower quilt.
Then I found that Treasury of Quilts by Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle had a pattern for a Sunflower quilt. I bought the book! Now I'm kind of
cheap frugal so if I spend money on a quilting book I have to get my money's worth out of it, love most of the quilts in it and make several of the quilts in it. This will be my second quilt from the book. (42 Cent Forever Stamp isn't quilted yet). I was afraid to start right out with Sunflower. Now, about the book...I love the templates because they have the 1/4 inch seam allowance included on them. A lot of the books I have make you add your own seam allowance. I hate that especially if the template is not square. I also love the instructions in the book. They are thorough down to the direction to press the pieces and they are easy to understand. So, even I, who thought I would never have something so complex looking as a Sunflower quilt can now have one.
Ok...back to the Sunflowers. I have not yet figured out what to do for the background. (These will get appliqued to a 14. 5 inch background). I have a large piece of dark brown I could use like you see above.
I also have a large piece of tea dyed muslin I can use. Or I could alternate dark brown and tea dyed backgrounds.
Or each Sunflower could get it's own busy background. I'm leaning toward this version but I don't think I have enough 14.5 inch pieces for 16 blocks.