Helen Hazon – Botanics – Helianthus
Sunflowers are so cheerful!
I remember a biology lesson at school when I was about 13. We had to take a sunflower head apart and examine the different parts. We learned about these exquisite little disc florets that make up the centre of the flower. My quilt shows 5 stages in the development of a disc floret. The French knots represent pollen grains – yellow from the same floret, orange from a different one. After these 5 stages each fertilised floret would go on to produce a seed.
The quilt is made entirely from cotton. The large flower section was appliqued then I drew the florets and coloured them with Inktense pencils. I added detail with hand and machine embroidery.
Close up view: