My sister Phyllis and I jumped on the Christmas Sampler Project called "I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long", hosted several Bloggers. The quilt-a-long started on August 1st, with new blocks introduced every other Tuesday. With the HUGE collection of Christmas Fabric we have accumulated. Block #1 was designed by Vanda at Quilt In Piece.
Neither of us have a lot of experience with applique', so this was a perfect start. Mine is on the left (low volume) and Phyllis' is on the right.
We started with lining up those little boogers -- we pressed in horizontal, vertical and diagonal reference lines on the background to place the larger rays, double checked with a ruler and then took pictures with our phones to make sure they did not look drunk. Then we added the smaller rays, pressed and set the Heat-N-Bond.
Last step was to applique with a thin zig zag using my favorite light weight thread, "Glide", which has a perfect sheen. Glide is also my favorite quilting thread.