I was thrilled to find the exact same red fabric print for the border as was pictured in the magazine.
I tried my hand at thread painting with a variegated thread to give the sunflower depth. I used a trapunto technique for the center of the sunflower.
The birdhouse roofs were prairie points with buttons tied with tan embroidery thread. Looks like nesting material.
Even the backing has sunflowers.Now a story about the sunflowers. In February 2010, a 17 year old girl at my granddaughter's high school (Poway, CA) was kidnapped and murdered. Her name was Chelsea King. At her memorial service everyone was given a sunflower (see story here). When I found the red border fabric at a LQS, I mentioned the story to the lady who was cutting the fabric for me. As I was telling it, my eyes fell on the selvage. The name of the fabric design was Chelsea Lane. The coincidence gave me goose bumps.