I've decided it's time to start reverse appliquing the sunflowers to background but don;t have a circle template large enough. Knowing that in the old days many quilters used plates to make their circle templates I thought I'd give it a try. These sunflowers are 11" across and I had to try out quite a few plates which were a bit too small before I found one large enough.
Then I traced it on some cardboard and cut out the template.
I drew it on the back of the background fabric and then reverse appliqued the sunflowers in place. I was originally planning to use cream fabric as the block background but as I increased the number of sunflower blocks I didn't have enough cream fabric. I did find one that was similar in cream and then found I had enough of my focus fabric so used that instead. I know it looks a very strong colour here but I will be cutting the blocks down so not as much background is visible and then using cream in the sashing.
I thought it was better to go for something completely different rather than try to match the cream colours and the sunflowers stand out more on the darker background. I'm thinking this one might be called Evolution, as although I started out with a pattern from a class with Chris Serong, the quilt has evolved with my changes in design as I enjoyed the process of hand piecing the sunflowers. Either that or Tequila Sunrise. What do you think? Do you name your quilts?
For the past two days I been busy taming the scraps so I hope to show some tidy bins with the pre-cut shapes neatly organized. How long they stay that way is anybody's guess though. haha.
Have a great day of stitching.
Hugs, Jan Mac