Flower & Fruit Applique: Free Sunflower Pattern for you

by Helen on July 19, 2011

 
Wow!  I am amazed! So many readers have taken the time and trouble to leave a comment and help me out with my bag-naming problem.  Thank you everybody so very much – it’s so kind of you all to share your thoughts with me.  And now I’d like to share with you as well.
 
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you will know that I live in deepest rural south Devon, England in a small village surrounded by farmland and within a stone’s throw of Ben’s favourite beach.  The climate here is very mild, with plenty of rain and warmth as well.  This makes for a very good growing environment and many people here have extremely productive vegetable plots.  So productive in fact that at this time of year little stalls appear outside many front gates, laden with all kinds of surplus produce.  I enjoy growing flowers more than vegetables so I am always on the lookout for other people’s tasty offerings.  Last week I saw a first – some globe artichokes standing in a bucket, together with a number of sunflowers making a lovely splash of colour.
 
 
And I was inspired to create two applique panels.  I used vintage blanket for the main fabric and lots of different patterns and textures from the fabric sample books I purchased very cheaply earlier this year.  Some simple machine applique and a little hand stitching completes the designs.  Above is the Globe Artichoke, the pattern for which will be included in the next issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine (out on 28 July), together with the Sunflower pictured below.
 
But I am so overwhelmed by your generosity in sharing your ideas with me, I’d like to share the sunflower pattern with you now.  You can view and download it for free here.  I hope you enjoy making it – it’s like storing summer sunshine to take you through those gloomy winter days to come.
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4 Lil' Girls July 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

It is indeed, thats such a lovely free gift to all your readers, will def give it a try, thank you :)
Karen x

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KC'sCourt! July 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

WOW!
Julie xxxxxxxxx

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Lou July 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

these are so sweet :) I love the sunflower one especially, one of my favourite flowers; really tempted to make one now! xo

http://louisejoyb.blogspot.com/

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Steph July 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Gorgeous! Love them both. The artichoke is beautiful and so unique. Great job and thanks so much for the pattern!

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CraftCrave July 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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punkychewster July 20, 2011 at 3:46 am

gosh they are very pretty! I especially love the globe artichoke! and thank you for sharing your pattern!

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SewLindaAnn July 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Sweet, thank you! Where you live sounds perfect.

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goldberie July 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you for sharing your lovely patterns. I always look forward to the next issue of Bustle and Sew. This globe artichoke is amazing!

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