Sunflower Sampler-Adding Petals

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Thank all of you who left comments in our Pretty Pink Sulky Thread Giveaway.

Please read yesterday’s post and get your mammogram!

Today we are stitching right along on our Sunflower Sampler.

Last week we marked the fabric and stitched the center oval.  (See last week’s directions HERE)

Your quilt should now look something like this:

Sunflower Sampler QAL, FMQ



To mark the quilt for the next step, add a 2-1/2 inch margin around the stitched center.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are finished, the quilt should look like this:

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The petals will fill this space.

Add wide petals all the way around the oval.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you are about 3/4 of the way around the oval, stop and look at the spacing.  Draw in the last three petals to be sure the final petals are evenly spaced.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have completed the first row of petals, your Sunflower should look like this:

(Don’t you just LOVE it already!?)

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

The next step is to echo stitch and add a second set of petals–it’s easy!!!

Echo stitch the first petal–but stop in the middle…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Add an inset petal between two adjacent petals…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue— echo stitch the tip of the lower petal and add another inset petal.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Continue around the entire Sunflower.

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

When you have added all the inset petals, add a row of echo stitching around the entire flower and knot off…

Sunflower Sampler, FMQ, Lori Kennedy

Isn’t it lovely?

The reason it works?

We’ve built in contrast–density contrast.  

The center of the Sunflower is densely quilted and the petals are less densely quilted–this gives them “POP”!

And we’re going to “POP” the petals even more by adding dense quilting motifs around the outer edge…

Can YOU apply this technique is YOUR quilts?  It always makes quilting more interesting!


I understand that some of you are still struggling with thread choices.  We will talk more about thread in coming posts (I can talk for hours and hours about thread–I’m kind of a thread nerd…)

In the mean time, just look at the thread you already own…choose the best color–something with a little contrast is nice.

Start really examining your threads right on the spools.  Some are finer, some are thicker.  Some have sheen, some are dull.  Some are wiry, others are smooth.

Some feel better in your hand than others.

Comparing threads is the best way to learn about the different qualities.

Sulky is going to create a sample package of threads along with a color card for readers of The Inbox Jaunt.  I’m not sure when it will be ready, but it’s in the works…

In the meantime, buy a new thread fiber or brand every time you go shopping and start developing YOUR favorites!


Including a sneak preview of a Secret Project that’s had me chained to my sewing machine for the past two weeks!

Until then…

Schedule your mammogram and stitch your petals!


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Sulky Thread, Machine Quilting, Lori Kennedy


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