Here is a new-to-me technique for marking your applique background to centre your design. After you press your block in half to find the centre, sew along it with large stitches, (which are easy to remove later). For my “Tea in the Garden” Applique, I have marked 2 lines which quarter the square, and two more which cut diagonally from corner to corner. It is making it much easier to line up the positioning overlay, to position the individual applique pieces.
In the morning I am off to our annual Guild Quilting Retreat, where I am going to sew lots, eat to an elegant sufficiency, have many cups of tea and interesting conversations, and probably sleep very little. I will show you my sewing progress when I get back, but now I have to go and pack.