Not sneaking anything in!!! Well, maybe. With this block link, it will ensure that all the petals (plates) will be uniform size. I am headed to the basement now to do a plate, and some step by step for those who have not done this before.
I cut my background fabric 13" square. I will square it to 12-1/2 after the entire block is constructed
I chose pinks for my flower
This is a 16 petal block. I cut 8 of the lightest pink, and 4 each of the med and dark pink. The purple will be used for the center
After I chained stitched all of the plates, I snipped off the inside corner. This makes the 'point' of the plate
I learned this little trick to make the points real sharp. I cut a piece of that plastic 1-3/4 square. By putting one of the corners in the plate, it helps make a sharp point. Afterwards I press it flat with the iron
I had taken my background fabric, and folded it in half, pressed the fold, did the same for the top and bottom. I align my seams top and bottom as well as left and right on the folds of the fabric. This centers the plate on the background fabric
I used Heat n Bond lite for the leaves. You may use any leaf style you choose. I used an oval pattern. I also used it for the center purple circle
I decided to do a cluster of three leaves in each corner. I used a blanket stitch to finish off the 'flower', and used a lighter color thread to outline the leaves. Matching thread for the center circle. Pressed well, then square up to 12-1/2
I fingerpressed the seam open. This allows the tips to lay flat. I used a wooden applicator to poke the tip out
I printed off the templates from the link, cut them out and then traced and cut them out on a piece of folder plastic.
Begin to stitch the plates together in the layout design you choose. I started a little bit in from the edge, then backstitched to the top, then stitched down the 1/4" seam
The leaves need to be placed under the plates before stitching the plate in place. You may use any style or cluster of leaves that you choose.
Hmmm. not supposed to be sidways. Well, here is my part in neck exercises for you!! I folded the plate in half, and stitched across the top 1/4 inch. Be sure to start from the edge and sew in, instead of the middle out.