I bring the same stuff every Sunday; what can I say? I really do slow stitch on Lake Effect.
This photo shows a very good view of the basting stitches (in dark thread) that form the vine I am appliqueing. The method is known as "back-basting" and affords the most success I have ever had with applique.
Looking at the back of the panel, one can see that the design has been traced out. I used my big dining room window as a makeshift lightbox. Then I cut my vine fabric the same size as the panel (yes, there will be waste). I layered the two fabrics together, the vine fabric right side up on the back of the tracing. Then I used big stitches and dark thread to stitch along the design of the vine. Where you no longer see dark stitches, I have appliqued the design, so my light-colored stitches are visible.
So, back basting = baste the design on the back, turn it over to applique from the front.
It is easier than any other method of applique I have ever attempted. The trick is to cut away just 8 or 10 stitches of basting at a time - just enough to give your needle room to work the folding-under process.
The best teacher of this method, in my opinion, is Jeana Kimball. I found her on Instagram, and she did a few videos awhile back that were incredibly helpful. Maybe you can dig them up if you are interested in learning the method.
Have a great day, friends! And have a productive week!
Happy Quilting, Friends!