Sunflowers became a popular motif in the United States during the Aesthetic period of the 1870s and 1880s. The design was “rediscovered” during the quilt revival of the early twentieth century and has been a perennial favorite among quiltmakers.
Stacy C. Hollander, "Sunflowers Quilt," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.