Yes, OK, not literally, more of a metaphorical excursion!
The corner squares for the final border on Aimée are the design known as Dresden Plate. Normally, with this design there’s a lot more border and less central plate. In this context, I prefer the look of the simple ‘daisy face’ version I’ve done here, much more plate-like in my opinion!
I don’t produce my Dresden Plates the usual way, by machine stitching a vertically-folded piece of fabric up one side and pressing it flat so the seam runs up the centre back, giving you two folded side edges. I make mine the EPP way, with fabric stitched over a stiff paper template. This is one I’ve used many times before, having drafted it by hand originally.
The 3″ fabric square is stretched and folded over the template with the curved edges on the bias of the fabric, so that the curves can be eased a little. As usual, I don’t cut the fabric to size, I trim it out afterwards if necessary. I find having a little extra to fold over and manipulate makes life easier.
The ‘daisy petals’ are whip-stitched together up their side seams, forming a ring, which is then appliquéd to the background fabric. Mark the centre of the background with a pin to assist with placing the ring centrally.
Once that’s done, insert the fabric for the centre of the plate between the ring and the background through the centre – again, I use a square, it’s more forgiving if you want to move things round a little. Pin in place, and appliqué round the inner edge of the ring, being careful not to pass the needle through both layers of background fabric, just the plate centre. Once it’s all stitched, trim carefully ¼” from the stitching on the back of the panel, cutting out the daisy shape from the background fabric and the circle from the plate centre fabric. Press carefully, then unpick all the template basting and pop the templates out. Job done.
Must get on, I have three more to do.