I have also been thinking of sunflowers in my stitching.
Using one of my Solitary Sunflower kits I have put together a little wall hanging using up some scraps.
Here is the original with simple straight line stitching around the edge of the applique shapes, but I wanted to try something different.
Beginning with the leaves....
I have used a variegated thread and gone around the edges twice.
Same for the petals.....
Here are some more sunflower that have been intensively stitched.
Sunflower applique template pattern available to download here and from my other online shops.