I'd like to say I finally made ONE rose bud block without ripping. Alas, the perfect rose bud continues to elude me. But I AM getting better. Here's how:
1. Assemble pairs, and stitch. (White background pieces have been cut 1/4" wider than on EQ6 pattern)
5. Assemble pairs.
6. Press, admire, trim (are you noticing a pattern here?)
7. Assemble pairs, and stitch.
8. Press, admire and trim.
9. This is where it gets tricky. Assemble pairs. Do NOT sew the entire seam. Baste 1/2 " before and after the joint where the two green leaves are to meet. There's a lot of fabric coming together at this juncture. Check that nothing shifted before sewing the full seam.
Two more, and I'll be half done with the hardest part. I hope to track down a totally gorgeous focal fabric this weekend. That should inspire me to whip up some more rose buds. :)