Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Are you a sunflower expert?

The sunflower may win the prize as the most likable flower ever. It's nearly impossible to look at one of these golden beauties and not be awed--by its size, complexity, glowing colors...and that's just admiring one bloom. A field full of sunflowers...absolutely breathtaking!

If you, too, are a sunflower lover, you'll love our two new collections, Sunflower Fields and Sunflower Journal.

Sunflower Fields, by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas, features rich, bright colors: sunflowers on their own, in autumn-hued bouquets, and a sampling of other fall-friendly motifs including leaves and pears.

A larger view of one of the focal prints:

And another, perfect for fussy-cutting:

Try this free quilt pattern designed for Sunflower Fields:

"Fall Arrangements" by Stitched Together Studios

Click here to see the entire Sunflower Fields collection.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern for Sunflower Fields.

Sunflower Journal has a softer, muted, vintage feel, with a fabric collage look, as well as a variety of coordinating textured prints.

A larger view of the layered scrapbook-style print:

And the sunflowers:

Try this free pattern using Sunflower Journal:

"Sunflower Journal" by Stitched Together Studios

Click here to see the entire Sunflower Journal collection.
Click here to download the free quilt pattern for Sunflower Journal.

And now for a little fun...become a sunflower expert! 
Did you know?
  • Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. They can grow 8 to 12 feet tall in rich soil within six months.
  • Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. The large petals around the edge of a sunflower head are individual ray flowers which do not develop into seed.
  • The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands by M. Heijmf in 1986, and was 25 feet 5½ inches tall.
  • 32½ inches diameter was the size of the largest sunflower head, which was grown in Canada.

Find more sunflower trivia here and here.

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  1. I must be part bumblebee or butterfly. I just want to bury my nose in those sunflower bouquets in the first focal print. I never thought much of them as flowers until I watched the movie "Calendar Girls". Now, they are one of my favorite flowers.

  2. Sunflowers are so happy. I like the quilt a lot and really need to buy that panel. Just beautiful!

  3. Lovely Sunflower fabrics. Sunflowers are Super Happy flowers. Creative Sunflower Bliss...

  4. Love the black background piece with the etched leaves.

  5. I am not a sunflower fan but I do love the muted sunflowers and the coordiating fabrics.

  6. I love Sunflower Journal! It will be perfect for a table runner in my dining room. Thank you for these beautiful fabric lines.