The fabric used lends itself very well to quilting around each and every Sunflower and the use of some fancy, embroidery stitches looks cool too, but if you’re are going to try reproduce this like-for-like please know it isn’t a quick project though it is worthwhile to be patient as the result is very effective.
WHAT YOU NEED
150 cm x 46.5 cm rectangle of printed chambray fabric – Colour: Sunflower Garden Indigo (pre washed and pressed)
An additional 350 cm x 7 cm strips approx of the same fabric for binding
A sheet of wadding cut to the same dimensions
backing fabric (cotton) same dimensions again (pre washed and pressed)
Quality threads in complementary colours (this project used various shades of blue in the Coats duet and the Coats cotton range)
Rotary Cutter and ruler
WHAT TO DO
1. Make a fabric sandwich – with the printed fabric cut to size on top, the wadding in the middle and then the backing fabric at the bottom. Pin around the edges to secure.
2. Form a triangle at both ends of the rectangle. And cut away those angled pieces using a rotary cutter using one side of a quilting ruler for stability and accuracy.
3. Machine stitch (around half an inch seam) all around the whole panel through the three layers. It is best to use a walking foot on your machine for this. On completion cut away the access along the seam close to the stitching.
4. Make your binding strips now by turning in the rough edges of your strips so they just about meet on one side leaving you with a neat band topside that will be approx 3 cm wide, press the edges. Now carefully pin one side of the binding strip(s) along the bottom edge of your panel. Straight stitch along the whole thing attaching one side of the binding to the bottom side of the panel. When that’s done, pull over and hand place the unattached side of the binding to the top side of the panel, repinning as you go. Machine stitch all the way round again. Remember you will have angles to deal with. This is fiddly and care is needed to self bind the edges effectively.
5. Now for the quilting, obviously you don’t have to follow the circular sunflowers as we’ve done here, you can quilt freely or geometrically as you wish and it is worth it if you do. Trim away all loose threads.