This year our quilt guild challenge gave me an idea to use this block as part of my challenge. The challenge was to make a quilt that depicted a song title. The song I chose was “You Are My Sunshine”. It is a favorite song of mine as my father in law used to sing it to our daughters all the time so they also feel a connection to the song.I pulled some fabrics that blended with the block I'd but came up with another idea by this time so just started drawing blocks in my Electric Quilt computer program and proceeded to start foundation piecing the different sized sun blocks. This is just the pieced part of the block as there will be 1/4 circles appliqued to the corners to make them look more like suns.
Next step was to add the quarter circle suns to the corners. I used the Bernina circle attachment and it made it a breeze. I backed the bright fabrics with a lightweight interfacing then after stitching the circle wrong sides together I turned and pressed them. Perfectly smooth curves! This way the edges were turned under and they could be appliqued down on the blocks.
As you can see I pulled a bunch of red, orange and red threads from my thread stash and did a pretty stitch on each of the circles to add more interest. I also used the threads to stitch down the blue blades of the foundation pieced sun rays with the built in stitches on my machine. This is something I have wanted to do for a while and it really added texture and another layer of color to the blocks.
The blocks are done, now to figure out how to put them into a quilt. Come back for the next installment to see.