Simply Sunflowers OR Sunflowers At Dawn

Posted by Ruth on 6 October 2014 | 2 Comments

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Still one of my favorite quilts, Simply Sunflowers was first designed in 2004 and has been a rather popular quilt. What fascinates me the most is that thousands of quilters from around the world have been able to make this quilt too.

The background is made up of strips in varying sizes in a "log cabin" style so piecing is very easy. The color wash effect and border accents give the impression of light coming in through a window.

Five sunflowers, one of which is drooping and perhaps seen its last days, are facing toward the light as sunflowers do. The realism is captured with dimension, color and shading, using fabrics and stitching.

Simply Sunflower quilt pattern

The pattern has been updated since its first release and includes full details of how to do blanket stitch by machine and free-motion echo quilting which enhances the fabric applique shapes. Learn where and how to stitch. The pattern sheets include full size flowers and leaves as well as a layout guideline to help with placement. The pattern "Simply Sunflowers" is ideal for the advanced quilter.

Simply Sunflowers stems - applique quilt pattern
thread shading on the stems

Simply Sunflowers echo quilting - free motion quilt pattern
Echo quilting on the background

I have made this quilt twice. I don't normally make my quilts twice but I did for this design because I not only wanted to present it as a pattern but also as an online class. If you can answer yes to any one or more of the following questions, then the class is definitely the way to go if you want to make this design.

Do you need help with applique?

Do you want to make a larger sized quilt?

Do you need help with selecting your fabrics and placement?

Would you like a simplified version of the applique?

If your answer is yes then  "Sunflower's at Dawn" online class is for you. My class is three lessons long and I take you step by step through the entire process, from grading your fabrics to achieving the window lighting effect through to adding shade-stitching on the applique and finishing off with quilting, echo quilting to be precise.

Sunflowers at Dawn online quilt class

My video on blanket stitch by machine gives you a bird's eye view of just how it is stitched. I include other videos too showing you how to achieve various techniques such as the bias stems and quilting. Oh yes, and I should include that the class gives you two size options, the pattern size and a larger one. You can find out information about the class here: "Sunflowers at Dawn"  >>

Here are some photos from some of my students:

cathy barrow sunflowers

Cathy Barrow added a brick fabric creating a wall for the border

Fran from Florida

Fran from Florida made this quilt with using shades of blue for the background

margaret watson

Margaret Watson made these sunflowers which stand out well on the bright blue background

JoAnn hayes Sunflower sized

JoAnn Hayes created a fall look for her sunflowers


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  • Thank you for your comment Carol. You can find in on my website here:

    Posted by Ruth, 20/10/2015 5:58pm (4 years ago)

  • I subscribe to a number of quilting magazines, and never throw them away. I rarely use the patterns printed in the magazines, but am often inspired by them. One of my Granddaughters (soon to be married) loves sunflowers, and I have decided your "Sunflowers at Dawn" would per the perfect wedding gift for her.
    Can you tell me how or where I can purchase your pattern? She would be
    thrilled to have it, and I
    would love to make it for her!
    Carol Vandenburg
    Middleton, Idaho, U.S.A.

    Posted by Carol Vandenburg, 20/10/2015 4:07pm (4 years ago)

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