The sunflower is one of my favorite flowers because it is always in bloom during my birthday month. I love how bright and cheerful sunflowers are while dancing in the sunshine.
When I saw the Soak Up the Sun quilt in a new book, Mini Wonderful Curves by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I fell in love and had to make this quilt right away.
I purchased some Pepper and Flax fabric from my local quilt store to use as the sunflower petals. In the book, the petals are all scrappy yellows, but I wanted to use this pretty fabric for all the petals.
The background is made up from 5 different gray and white low-volume fabrics from my stash. The green petals are from 4 different fabrics, and the dark gray centers are also from 4 different fabrics. A great way to use up some stash!
This quilt uses the QCR Mini ruler, and it goes together pretty quickly. Don’t let the curves scare you! The ruler makes it easy and fun.
I assembled my quilt top over about a week, sewing most of a weekend and then after work in the evenings.
Here’s my inspector performing his initial cat scan and quality check:
Now onto the quilting! I used my HQ Avante, and did some free-motion flowers and swirls using Glide thread.
I used a dark gray fabric from the Pepper and Flax fabric line to bind the quilt. My backing material is also from the same line, but I selected a lighter gray with yellow flowers.
Here’s a look at the completed quilt:
I really enjoyed making this picnic blanket sized quilt! I’m ready for summer with this beautiful quilt.
Love this so much I expanded it! Mine has 42 pretty sunflowers. She is in my machine and I am quilting her, it will take some time-she is huge. Going with a dense diagonal for the background and will quilt each flower separately. Thanks for the inspiration! I used a 4” drunkards path template.
Can you tell me where I can get this pattern?
Hi Elizabeth, you can find this pattern in the book, Mini Wonderful Curves by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Check at your local quilt store to see if they have the book or can order it for you!
Beautiful quilt I made one as well but I made it larger for queen size bed. It’s my fav so far.
What a lovely quilt!