I'll be sharing my tips on the blocks from pages 17,18 and 65. I'm going to split my tips into two posts.
The first block that I worked on was an applique block called Plume on page 65. I decided to work with Jelly Bean Batiks from Moda with a few other bright batiks from my stash mixed in.
Applique has been something that has titillated me for a few years now, but I've never really had a chance to get serious about it. Since my pattern was all one piece with narrow curves, it made the most sense to try using the back basting needle turn applique method. Marion and I learned about it at our local quilt show and she has had great success with it.
After tracing the pattern on the back ground, I pinned, hand basted and cut out the extra fabric leaving a seam allowance.
For this method, trace the pattern onto freezer paper, cut it out on the drawn line, then iron it to the wrong side of the applique fabric. Cut the fabric out leaving about an 1/8th inch seam allowance.
Once your applique piece is prepped, pin it to your background fabric with the freezer paper side touching the right side of your background fabric. Hand stitch in place leaving the freezer paper in. Once you are done, flip it over and carefully cut away the extra background fabric under the applique and remove the freezer paper from the back.