I did it!!! I know I complained all the way through making Rosette 1 and yes, it was a back breaker but now that it is done, I feel great. Okay not my wrist, thumb and inner hand; these can feel the strain of constant hand work.
After adding the final round I feel much better about the colours too and even though some participants suggested starting with a smaller rosette first, I am glad I got this monster out of the way.
In the process I have learnt a couple of very valuable lessons to remember in the Millefiore quilt along.
Do not use scraps, you may want to repeat the fabric and/or colour later
Leave large enough seam allowances. Because I eyeball and use the rotary cutter I’ve really left a couple of skimpy seam allowances on some shapes
Print all your blocks in as many as you need and put these in order on the design wall. This way you can see how the shapes will flow into each other making the planning on which fabric/colour to use so much easier.
And with all of this said, I can proudly show off Rosette number 1.