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24" x 24"

I live in Kansas where the sunflower is the state flower. We have been here for almost 30 years and just a few years ago, I discovered a sunflower farm not far from where we live. It is a destination for many, including those who like to take annual family photos and mark the time in terms of years or the seasonal arrival of fall.

I found the back of the sunflowers to be just as interesting as the front and the bug was an added bonus. The bug is a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus), or leatherwing.

Technique: The piece is put together using a freezer paper, turned-edge appliqué method. The appliqué is stitched by machine using a monofilament thread. Prismacolor pencils were used to add shadows and highlights.

Materials: cotton fabric, monofilament and cotton thread, wool/cotton blend batting, Prismacolor pencils.


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