In an effort to assuage your curiosity, I took a few pictures of the steps. This is not a tutorial, but just a glimpse into how it's done. If you're interested in learning more, let me know and I could put together a tutorial, or you can always do a search on the internet.
Note: To do this kind of applique, I use two different types of thread and needles. I use a regular needle and sewing thread (50 wt.) to do the basting. I use the tiny needle (John James Size 11 Between) and YLI Silk Thread (100 wt) to do the needleturn. You can see the difference here in sizes. I also double up the sewing thread so it's even thicker when basting...
|2 Types of Needles and Thread|
|The outline of my block traced on the wrong side of the fabric|
The fabric I'm using for the leaf is pinned to the front of my block and I make sure it covers all around the piece I'm appliqueing. You can just barely see the shadow of the green fabric I'm using around the outside edges of the leaf.
|Fabric pinned in place and ready for basting|
|First leaf basted in place|
|Leaf basted in place from the right side|
|Basted, cut and clipped leaf - ready to applique|
|Starting to needleturn...|
Until I finally reach the end...
You'll notice that the very end of the leaf isn't turned under. That's because it falls underneath another piece and won't be visible when this block is done. Here's a picture of the back of the leaf. You can see how closely I was able to follow the drawn line...
|Backside of the leaf|
Hopefully this gave you enough of a glimpse to see if you'd ever be interested in trying it. As in most things, there's more than one way to applique and I know for some, this won't be it. But for others, who knows...
For a little comedic relief, check out these pictures of David. I'd swear that belly is growing day by day.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Psalm 25:5 (NLT)