Sunflowers and Balloons

This design is for my momma. Her two favorite things in the whole wide world – besides me, of course – are sunflowers and balloons. I spent 6 years growing up in Plano, Texas. Every year, the Plano Balloon festival drew balloonists from near and far, including many pilots who lived in the Dallas area. In those 6 years, I got to meet some of these great people and would recognize their balloons in the air. These men and women and their balloons became the inspiration for this pattern.

I chose Dinky Dyes over dyed silk to stitch this piece because I loved the way the colors reflected the vibrancy of the balloons I grew up with. You may choose to try to match to threads you have in your stash, just be aware that your finished piece will not look like the cover model.


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