A little detail, a big appearance improvement in my applique!
I was looking at my little white turtles on their bright backgrounds. Why, I thought, do they look so uneven and sort of spiky? After staring fixedly for a while, I noticed that some of the ‘spiky-ness’ was from the little white applique stitches.
But wait! I could improve that! I did a little more applique focusing on tucking each stitch into the background material just a thread or two under the edge of the applique piece. Et voilà, a slightly smoother appearance.
I hope this turns out to be just one insight in a chain of future insights taking me closer to mastering hand applique!