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You will need:
- 12-1/2" square of green fabric
- 4 scraps of brown fabric
- A scrap of dark gold fabric
- A scrap of light gold fabric
- Applique materials including a fusible product, applique glue and coordinating thread
Step 1: Cut out (36) 1-1/2" squares from a variety of the brown scraps of fabric. Follow the pictures below for the order in which to piece the squares together.
|All 36 squares at the beginning|
|Work in rows from left to right and sew 2 squares at a time.|
|What it looks like after you've sewn each 2 squares together.|
|Sew the pieces from above so you have 3 rows.|
|Sew the 3 rows together so you now have a 6 by 6 block of squares. This will be used for the center of your sunflower.|
Step 2: Using the circle template included in the pattern, draw a circle on the brown squares from Step 1 using a marking pen, pencil or chalk (I used chalk to draw mine) and cut the circle out. This is your sunflower's center! Set aside to use later.
|The circle template laying over the brown squares.|
|Drawing the circle with a chalk "pen."|
|The finished sunflower center!|
Step 3: Using a fusible product (I use Heat 'N Bond Lite - you can read my favorite applique method here) draw the flat petal pattern (see PDF directions at the top of this post) and cut out 10 dark gold, flat petals and adhere fusing to only the petals! Cut out petals and set aside.
|Petals drawn on my Heat 'N Bond|
Step 5: Find the center of the 12-1/2" green square by drawing a line 6-1/4" down the middle and then another line 6-1/4" perpendicularly with marking pen, pencil or chalk. It should look like a "+" sign. Folding your circle template in quarters line the center of the circle with the center of the block. See pictures below.
|The "+" sign.|
|Folding the circle template in half twice and lining up the 2 centers.|
|Unfolding the circle to trace around it.|
|The finished, traced circle.|
|Notice the petals set inside the circle.|
|Lay petals out before pressing down to make sure they all fit and you like their placement.|
|The petals with their blanket stitch. Notice that I did not sew down the inside straight part, since this will be covered by the sunflower center.|
|Lay ruffled petals in between flat petals.|
|Make sure all your ruffled petals fit and secure using applique glue before proceeding to sew them down.|
|Using a blanket stitch with a coordinating thread color, sew petals down. Again, you do not need to sew the "inside" of the petals as these will be covered with the sunflower's center.|
Step 8: You're almost there. Using applique glue again, secure the brown center and sew down using a blanket stitch and coordinating thread. See pictures below. Good job! Your block is done!
|Using applique glue and let dry before sewing down in the center of all the petals.|
|After you have sewn the center down using a blanket stitch and coordinating thread, your block is done! Congratulations!|
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