The Helianthus EPP block was inspired by the Sunflowers that my sons like to grow in our garden each year.
We have fun guessing how tall they might grow and watching those big golden blooms follow the Sun as it moves over and around our garden each day.
Helianthus Block overview
The Helianthus block consists of 37 pieces:
one (1) centre (A), twelve (12) triangles (B), twelve (12) diamond petals (C), and 12 rounded outer petals (D).
You can use the colouring page provided in the block guide to play with different colours and arrangements to make your own unique bloom(s)!
You might opt for a controlled version of this block using 4/5 different fabrics for each of the shapes OR why not use some of your favourite scraps and make a scrappy version?
Simply change the colour of your fabrics to create Water Lillies, Poppies and Daffodils and many more!
How about making a rainbow swirl instead?
I designed my own Helianthus block for this blog post using assorted purple fabrics to make my block resemble a Violet.
Stitching the Helianthus block is simple:
Starting with round 1, sew a (B) triangle to each of the sides of the (A) Flower Centre.
For round 2, sew a (C) diamond in between two (B) triangles.
Finally, for round 3, sew a (D) rounded petal between the points of the (C) diamonds
For my Violet inspired block, I used two different fabrics for my outer petals to create the illusion of petals and leaves
For my original Sunflower inspired test blocks, I used the same colour fabric for the outer petals on some of the blocks.
I hope this inspires you to download the Helianthus block guide and have a go at designing your very own floral inspired blocks too!
Perhaps some of my sample projects can inspire you further...
Small blocks finish at approximately 6" in diameter and are perfect for using smaller treasured scraps. I used a small block to make this charming mug rug:
You can find the step-by-step tutorial for this project here
The medium block finishes at approximately 11-1/2" in diameter.
I appliquéd a medium block to a background fabric and used it to make a simple envelope cushion.
The large sized block finishes at around 23" in diameter and I used the included facing templates to make a self binding table topper. (Instructions for this are included in the block guide) I really love the fact that the rounded petal shape is preserved and had a lot of fun practising my free motion quilting on this piece.
The block guide is available with Print at Home EPP templates in 3 sizes OR with SVG files and sizing chart for use with personal digital cutting machines such as the Cricut Maker or Brother Scan n Cut.
You can download your Helianthus block templates from the EPP Block Library now!
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