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Tu-Na Quilts: Art with Fabric: Sunflowers-if Van Gogh Were a Quilter


Welcome to my stop on the Art with Fabric Blog Hop. Thank you Alida of Tweety Loves Quilting for hosting this event. Be sure to stop by the other artists displaying their creations today. The list is below.

I grew up on a farm. When I read that the theme for this Art with Fabric Blog Hop was Mother Earth, visions of fields came to mind. My parents have now retired and moved off the farm but my brother and his boys now work the land. They raise wheat, corn, soybeans, canola, cattle, kids (the human kind), and sunflowers.

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“Daddy, where are you?” This is my great niece and I think the hat in the field adorns the head of my nephew.

The beautiful sunflower fields have now turned brown but my nephew’s wife rescued me and sent me pics she took of last year’s crop.

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I’m thinking that van Gogh didn’t use field sunflowers or he’d never have fit so many in the vase.

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This crop of sunflowers and kids are growing nicely and quickly! I wonder what or who my great nephew is pointing to?

When images of sunflowers came to mind, I immediately thought of van Gogh and his Sunflowers.


This piece can be found at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

In fact, I have several sunflower pictures already decorating my walls. They are more precious than van Gogh’s (although one of his five Sunflower paintings sold for over 39 million dollars). Mine, however, are priceless.

When my kids were in school, they had the same third grade teacher who showed them how to paint like the masters: van Gogh, da Vinci, Grant Wood, O’Keefe. Yes, I had some of their prints framed and they still decorate my living room walls.

I wondered if I could interpret the sunflowers in fabric form for my Art with Fabric entry.

I present: Sunflowers—if van Gogh were a quilter


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This mini is 13.75″ x 16.5″.

I chose not to use the monochromatic color scheme that van Gogh used. I didn’t even look at the ones that my kids had done. I just chose the colors I wanted to use.

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If it looks like these petals and leaves are loose and standing up, they are! I went for the 3-D effect.

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I quilted a crosshatch creating a diamond. This helped soften the dizziness of the navy blue, checkered tablecloth.

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Ric rac makes a perfect stem. I even folded it down and left the fold hanging for more effect. I am on a mission to use and promote the use of ric rac.

I framed this quilt with a wide 1″ binding. (Yes, it is possible to use a wide binding and even make mitered corners!) After all, if you’ve visited any museums and seen the master’s, you’d know they are framed with heavy wooden frames usually containing gold leaf. You can see hints of gold in my binding fabric which is a landscapes from Northcott.

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Van Gogh was brilliant! I suspect he was a bit perplexed about how to paint those stems entering the top of the vase. To solve that dilemma, he just painted several flowers over that area and didn’t have to worry about the perspective.  So I did the same except I sewed one on.

The backing came in the mail as a wonderful surprise just in time for me to use. I won 10 fat quarters of Batiks from The Objects of Design last month and this one was included. It was perfect for the back. Thanks Sally!

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I included folded corners in the top to make hanging this mini easy.

And now it’s ready to be hung with the masters.

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Visit these Fabric Artists today to view their creations. Most should be posted by 7 am EST.

For the full week’s schedule, see my post here.

I am so glad you stopped by today. I am most frequently asked about my name, Tu-Na. You can read how that name was bestowed upon me here. I started quilting when I was 16 and  wrote my second post here about that quilt. I guess you’ll have to read it to find out why it resulted in my receiving jewelry and a marriage proposal and to find out what happened to it.

I hope you enjoyed my Art with Fabric project and post on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. I write about the things I enjoy doing: quilting, traveling, and eating (well cooking and baking but that didn’t sound good in a title of a blog). If you enjoyed your stop here and would like to receive notice when I publish a post here on my blog, you are welcome to subscribe to follow me. You’ll find three ways to do so: email, WordPress, and Bloglovin. They are listed in the sidebar to your right on a computer or down below on your mobile device.

Coming Soon:

Tu-Na Quilts: A Visit to the Quilted Ceiling Quilt Shop in Valley City, ND

Tu-Na Quilts: It’s All Out of the Bag (pertaining to the Quilt MN Shop Hop Loot)

What I Learned Today:

  1. It feels good to be back in the sewing room. After taking several weeks off for the second time this summer and fall, I am now back to creating and catching up with bees, quilt-a-longs, and blogging. Look out fabric and thread, needles and scissors are flying around the room!
  2. Retirement is hard work.
  3. To be more like van Gogh. When a problem occurs, such as when seams won’t match, just sew a flower over it.

Question: What do you create with fabric? Let me know in the comments. Years ago, I sewed pretty dresses and hats for my daughter and zuba pants for my boys. Now I make mostly functional bed quilts so I was reaching outside my comfort zone with this wall hanging.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Pieceful Sunday at Janda Bend Quilts

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt

Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She