Hi everyone! As I was thinking out what i was going to write here, I thought, "Happy Hump Day", and then realized that it's Thursday. Oh well .... I thought I'd share my progress on my Applique project.
Ta da! I now have a new appreciation for the labor that goes into applique. I took the easy route by using a fusible product and finishing the edges with a short zigzag stitch. This is my first experience using Steam A Seam fusible web (sheets), and although this product is very easy to manipulate (reposition pieces, etc.) I was a little disappointed that my edges looked frayed after stitching. I experimented with both a traditional applique blanket stitch and a zigzag, finally settling on the zigzag. I also can't mention how many times I stupidly traced my pattern onto the wrong side of the fusible web! I bet someone has a neat trick for avoiding this like marking some colored dots on one side. If you have a helpful tip, please let me know.
I'd love some feedback from anyone who has tried Piece O' Cake Designs' overlay method of applique. The overlay is a print of the pattern (I traced mine onto tracing paper) in which you "overlay" on top of the pieces prior to sewing to ensure proper positioning of the pieces. I found this to be very tedious but I wanted to give it a try. No doubt the results are very precise, but in this case, I'm not sure how imporant that is to me.