Brave Sunflower by Denniele Bohannon
Last month's Sunflower with 9 petals was just practice for this month's with 16.
The block (#3480) was published several times in the Kansas City Star, once as A Brave Sunflower. Did that mean you had to be brave to try it?
Oklahoma Sunburst, published in 1934
Print on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. See the inch square for scale.
The pattern dates back to the 1830s. It seems that quiltmakers all over the small United States showed off their skills with sunflower variations but after 1870 or so Southern seamstresses continued to challenge themselves, while Northerners went on to other styles. The one above dated 1885 according to the Texas project.
Mid-20th-century. 15 petals.
Mid 19th---9 petals
Saw this one for sale at the New England Quilt Museum shop
a few weeks ago. Northern Spin.