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Karla’s Sunflower

Happy Wednesday!

Living in Florida there are no visual clues to indicate changes to the seasons. Using my active imagination I pulled strips from my batik stash that made me think of fall on the east coast; warm hues of blue, purple, brown, gold, red and green to create what I’m calling Karla’s Sunflower 🙂

I used Jenny Doan’s Checkered Dresden tutorial. I prefer a chunky dresden so I modified the pattern by using the 1 1/2 inch mark on the ruler as my starting point to cut each blade.

I added machine embroidery to the center circle with my daily mantra “Give Thanks”. The border were added in log cabin style using 4 of the fabrics used in the dresden. I used a blanket stitch around the blades – definitely getting better!  I made the mug rugs using the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler to create the 4 point star.  They look great! Hubby and I really use our mugs…everyday!

dresden - give thanks wh

dresden – give thanks wall hanging

dresden - give thanks mug 2

dresden – give thanks mug rug 2

dresden - give thanks mug 1

dresden – give thanks mug rug 1

dresden - give thanks cu

dresden – give thanks close up

dresden - give thanks backing

dresden – give thanks backing



I made this dresser scarf for my guest room. Another opportunity for using the tube method.  I made several mistakes, at one point I wanted to toss it in the trash!  Ever had moments like that?

Sunflower TR 1

Sunflower Dresser Scarf


Lastly I wanted to show you a custom order I finished for one of my customers.  She sent me a photo and asked if I could re -create it for her son’s fourth birthday.  I’m SO happy with how it turned out!

custom shirts

custom shirts


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22 thoughts on “Karla’s Sunflower

  1. Hi Karla! What adorable t-shirts!! That one for Everett – I can just picture him making that same pose as his adorable self. And I’m sure that little Reid IS a super baby. That dresser scarf is just stunning – WOWEE. I love it! Finally, those four-point stars look really great on your mug rugs. Great job! ~smile~ Roseanne


    • Thanks Roseanne!

      Sometimes I over think when I create embroidery designs — wondering if the customer will love or hate it…I was so tickled that I could bring “the hulk” to life for little Everett 🙂

      What size shirt should I use for Dominic?
      I hope to have it ready next week to mail.


      Sent from my iPad

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  2. Well, you’ve been busy! Your fall quilt and mug rugs are so pretty, and those little onesies are cute too!

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  3. The t-shirt and onesies are super cute. Great job!!

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  4. Lisa Marie on said:

    Wow, I just love the checkered dresden, what a great idea! The fabrics and colors you chose are just gorgeous. It’s cool that it looks like a giant sunflower and has bits of sunflower fabric peeking out in the squares. Thanks for the link to the tutorial, I’ve never seen that before.

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  5. Great fall projects. I especially like the Give Thanks Dresden.

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  6. Karla’s Sunflower is amazing! I love the fabrics, color and design!

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  7. Becky and Day Haaland on said:

    The t-shirts are adorable!!! Great job! As for “Fall,” being in Louisiana, I get the same thing. We are still in the 90s here. Possibly get some fall temps in late November??? LOL

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  8. This is a lovely Thanksgiving project – love your colors and fabrics!

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  9. Karla’s Sunflower is so pretty. You have captured Fall with all of your fabric choices. Here in PA it has been nothing but rain, so you’re not missing much! I do hope to see some leaves soon like your Dresden’s.
    Cutest shirts ever! I see why your tickled and the Mom will be too 💕

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  10. The sunflower is wonderful, and I do like your borders on that. Cute shirts for the custom order! It looks like you made a lot of fall cues for your home!

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  11. Hi Karla, Catching up on my blog reading. Your dresden is great. I haven’t tried that yet. I do have the template so one day I will. As always I love the colors you chose. Your t-shirt and onesie are just the cutest.

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