I'm rethinking applique. I took a class several years ago by a wonderful teacher in the area and learned the "starch and template" method. It was my first experience with starch...in any form! I am not from the generation that regularly starches clothing and I personally don't care for starching my fabric. I'm a big fan of Best Press starch alternative for my sewing, as it does the job without all the mess. In any case I became very discouraged because I pretty much STUNK at applique using starch. I kept ironing in permanent sharp edges and it just looked awful. Well I don't know why but I got a bug up my patoot to try it again, but I didn't have any starch in the house so I attempted just ironing to get a crease to make needle-turning easier. YES!!! This is my method!!! Finally I found a way to applique that doesn't make it feel like drudgery and is FUN! :) So to make a long story longer...I am giving applique another shot...and here's my progress so far.