I wanted to make something to send to Darlene, who had so graciously invited us into her home and family!! She and I had talked about an affinity for sunflowers so that made the idea a no-brainer!!
I first picked a background fabric and some 3 inch squares to play with…..
When I laid them out in the basic shape, I got excited about how it could look…..
I cut out the pieces and laid it out again before fusing……
Next I wanted to add a narrow border of some sort so auditioned several different possibilities….
….but none were that exciting.
Then I decided to pull out the color wheel and look for a color opposite to the background and found…..
Now that is an idea that I really like!!!
Then, I decided to only put it on two sides of the piece to balance it better.
Now it was time to add some oomph to the sunflower and I enjoyed enhancing it with machine embellishments and hand embroidery…..
The final touch was to quilt the background and add a binding…..
The red border is a little wonky (and for some reason it isn’t this noticeable in the actual piece) but, overall, I am happy with this quick and easy Thank you gift!!!