I chose my fabric for the stems and fused two large strips of both light and dark. Then I free cut the stems adding little points here and there found on the sunflower stem. I fuse the dark to the light giving the stem a light and dark side.
Here is how it looks on the quilt before quilting.
I trace over my sketches just roughly so I know how large the sunflowers will be. Now I can fuse and quilt my stems.
Once the stems are finished I choose fabric for the leaves. Some dark and some lighter. I also add shadows with a dark fabric. All the leaves are free cut with no drawing on the fusible. I find this makes my leaves more realistic looking and not a perfectly balanced leaf.
I place the leaves on in different locations on the stems tucking them behind the
paper sunflowers so I know exactly how they will look. Then I fuse them down, remove the paper flowers and quilt them. I return the quilt to the design wall and put the paper flowers back on to decide if I am satisfied with the layout, especially around the flowers.
Tomorrow I will begin creating the flowers .