To begin, I followed the pattern exactly, but my flower was a little, too, well, flat. So I cut four big flowers instead of two. Then when it says to lay the two big flowers on top of each other, I put one flower down, folded the other three in half, and layered them on top, similar to the folding and laying down you do with the four smaller flowers. (Trust me, it'll make sense when your read her tutorial. You'll see what I mean.)
Then when I tacked down the flowers, I finished by doing a small running stitch just through the top layer in a circle around my small stitches. I then pulled them tight to make a small gather so that the inside of the flower stands up a little and gives the whole thing some more dimension.
Finally, I'm going to wash and dry it (but I wanted to show you first!)--that way the edges will fray a bit and the whole thing will be a bit more fluttery, a bit more frilly.
Also, I'm not a fan of pin backs--especially for big brooches. (This one measures about four inches across, I think.) The brooch tends to flop too much. So I'll just attach it with safety pins to my sweater, my bag, or wherever I think to put it.
Next time (because I will be making lots more of these--the whole thing took about 10 minutes, if that) I think I may add some fabric leaves too.
Janna: Thanks for a fun day. I'm totally craving another sandwich.
Sara: Recognize my fabric?
Lisa: There's a house for sale down the street! Actually, there's more than one so Brooke could move too.
Tammy: Next time, we'll have to be crafty--and swap some scraps from our stashes.
Angie & Priti: The tutorial is so easy to follow; you'll be whipping out flowers in no time!